The new 50 th Anniversary El Primero Revival A watch is almost an exact reproduction of the original, but with some necessary updates. Otherwise, the design is exact. Tornare said the making of the new watch was more than a year in the research and development stages, and that just examining the original model to replicate it was not enough.
Email Us: Enquiries acollectedman. Instantly recognizable by its tri-colour dial, this Zenith El Primero reference A from the s is a design classic and the quintessential vintage sports watch; purposeful and smart. And - carrying the Calibre PHC - this piece belongs to the prestigious line of the first-ever automatic chronographs.
The long, eventful history of this Swiss manufacturer tells its own story — including the invention of the first, fully integrated automatic chronograph capable of timing to one tenth of a second. Amid all the comings and goings in our annual "Watch Guide"one constant remains: it always ends with Zenith. Because, in its own way, Zenith tells the story of mechanical watchmaking in Switzerland — a struggle against forces geopolitical as much as technological, forces that have put many other watch brands under.
The G was originally produced in fewer than examples, making it one of the most sought after vintage Zenith El Primeros. The G was born alongside the A in the earliest days of the El Primero as several brands raced to be the first to bring their automatic chronograph to the market, and today it is a cult item in the ranks of Zenith and vintage chronograph collectors. Much rarer than the steel A, the yellow gold G also featured a black-on-white panda dial. This sporty gold chronograph was an undoubtedly special creation from Zenith that offered the El Primero technology in a format that was distinctive to its steel-cased sibling, the A
Zenith - Life is in the movement from Mars Mountain on Vimeo. Swiss watchmakers since The luxury watchmaker from generation to generation. This is a video I got as a gift from the manufacturing company Zenith in
For 8 long yearsThierry Nataf ex-CEO of Zenith did a great job in destroying a brand that was one of the few well respected chronograph manufacturers. With flamboyant designs, parties and ditto prices, Nataf knew how to step on the toes of watch lovers and collectors. Although the use of certain high-tech materials were welcome, he succeeded in ruining designs.
Who is the most influential watch designer? I think this is a loaded question, as the only watch designer anyone knows of is Gerald Genta. There is no doubt that he created some beauties, as his Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and Patek Nautilus have been in continuous production and held up as the first watches that combined dress and sport.
The retro chronograph, which celebrates the 40th anniversary of its movement, first introduced inhas a decidedly vintage look to it. But inside the case beats the soul of avant-garde timekeeping. This is made possible through a unique balance in the movement that turns at 36, vibrations per hour, which is two to three times faster than most mechanical watch movements.
Zenith holds a position among the top tier of Swiss watch manufacturers and its movements have always been the equal of those by any of the other venerated makers. Founded in in the town of Le Locle, famous as a centre of horological excellence, the company has an almost unparalleled record of technical achievement yet has always managed to fly just under the radar of public perception. If we stopped a hundred members of the British public in the high street and asked them to name the brand of luxury wristwatch that they considered to be the most desirable, eighty percent or more would suggest Rolex, with the remainder plumping for Omega and, in negligible quantities, a few of the more esoteric brands.