Founded in 1865 Zenith have a long history of fine horology, including the El Primero chronograph movement.

Hard stone and heavy metal come together for what might be the coolest Zenith El Primero yet

Imagine, if you will, that you're a watch fan in the 1990s or even early 2000s. Through some incredible new complication (I suspect Urwerk's invention), you're jumped forward in time to 2019. While some things remain the same, the changes are pretty incredible. Take, for example, this watch. It's a one-off piece made by Zenith, designed by Phillips (in association with Bacs & Russo). Not only is the thought of an auction house designing a unique watch — which they'll then sell…

Zenith takes on GPHG 2019 with 5 seriously hot watches

It isn't hard to imagine that Zenith is probably feeling pretty darn confident about being given more than one award at this year's Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève. Not least for the fact that five of the Swiss marque's timepieces have been given the nod by the prestigious event's judges across no fewer than five different categories. This is a seriously big deal for Zenith, especially when you consider that in the eyes of many, the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de…

The Australian Watch Forum's first collaboration watch

Editor's note: The Australian Watch Forum has gone from strength to strength over the last 18 months, tripling its membership to 9000 members. Based on Facebook, their presence has been felt well outside of social media, with regular meet-ups and get-togethers in major cities across Australia. Here's a throwback to Cam's nod to their first venture with a big watch brand, when they partnered with Zenith last year to release a bronzed-case Pilot Type 20 Extra Special, featuring a special…

HANDS-ON: The defiant one – Zenith's El Primero Defy 21 Carbon

In the early years of the 21st century, Zenith was a brand that looked to the past — honouring their iconic El Primero in its original guise, and taking flights of nostalgic fancy with its Pilot's collection. All fine watches, but comfortable takes on familiar forms. In 2017, the brand abruptly changed direction, with a thoroughly modern iteration of an old name — Defy — taking centre stage. One of the pillars of this new Zenith vision was the El…

The history of the Zenith El Primero – 6 moments that defined one of the most important movements in watchmaking 

It's hard to overstate the importance of the Zenith El Primero. The movement, an elegant, high-beat column-wheel chronograph, is impressive enough. It's even more impressive when you factor in that this miniature engineering feat was the first automatic chronograph to be presented as a working prototype — after seven long years of development. Just as important — or perhaps even more important — is the staying power of the El Primero. It's been in near continuous production, and is still…

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