“What a beautiful watch!” a French ex-Minister of culture might have exclaimed. The first impressions are pretty flattering. On the wrist, it gives an immediate feeling of fulfillment. The large case, designed to be both sober and up to date, is there to make you forget yourself right away, with its splendid dial, so beautifully conceived the eye never tires of looking at it.
Zenith has always been among the jewels of Swiss watch-making and the 2004/2005 collection brings the manufacturer even closer to perfection. That’s why it’s worth repeating, Zenith is still one of best value for money brands on the luxury the watch market. The market is increasingly beset by brands that claim a quality of manufacture and level of mechanical sophistication they don’t always live up to. At Zenith, the philosophy of Thierry Nataf is entirely the reverse.
The Locle engineers couldn’t have chosen a better mechanism for manufacturing their new frontrunner than the house’s legendary El Primero. At Zenith, as elsewhere, you don’t change a winning team. As a result, we get to enjoy the pleasure of admiring, for the first time, both sides of a new version of the new El Primero 4021 caliber, itself a version of Zenith’s most famous watch movement, created in 1969, and unanimously declared “best movement in the world” for its high performance and reliability.
“Short time” chronography, up to 30 minutes in tenths of a second. Second hand at the centre and minute counter at 3 o’clock set off by the button at 2 o’clock, set back to zero at 4 o’clock. Easy to hold, clear, precise passages, good legibility of times metered.
Over 50-hours power reserve with indicator at 6 o’clock (power reserve hand in yellow gold to distinguish it from the steel hour hands.)
It’s high time for us to open the bracket entitled “Grievances” and advise all those who think Zenith has put its prices up unreasonably for the past two years to race to the nearest retailer and change their entirely unjustified conclusion. Close brackets.