The bespoke watch-making company Zenith is celebrating its 150th anniversary with style and class With reputation for high quality and stylish functionality and being particularly admired for its range of aviation watches and the El Primero movement, the brand is known for pushing the boundaries of innovation in horology. The way they have chosen to celebrate the special occasion is by collaborating with luxury store Harrods for a month-long celebration, featuring displays on four of the store’s prime windows.
From historic models like the intricate and exquisite enamelled and engraved pocket watches from the distant 1910 to a replica of a historic Lancia Stratos rally car, marking Zenith’s sponsorship of the Paris-Biarritz car rally – there will be a wide array of the brand’s most infamous creations on sale in the store and on their website. Two special models will be the highlight of the exhibition – one is the rose-gold version made of the partially skeletonised Academy Christophe Colombe model with price available on request. It features a revolutionary gyroscopic regulatory system and a brilliant sapphire crystal dome on the dial. The other is a £7,300 anniversary edition of the El Primero Chromonaster 1969 watch that will be available for a month. A limited number of one hundred and fifty pieces will be made with unique numbers.
The exclusive model is accentuated by rarity and is a fine example of the brand’s superior craftsmanship and traditions cultivated over centuries. The previous materials make for a robust case with an opening that reveals the legendary beating heart of the El Primero movement. The finishing includes an oscillating weight with “Côtes de Genève” motif with a 6.60mm thickness. With its bold colours and clean, cut lines – the watch is a worthy tribute to classic rally cars, capturing their bespoke ambiance. The silicon escape-wheel and lever put a nice finishing touch to the outstanding accessory.