Ever since it was founded, Zenith has been cultivating the ability to open up new horizons by assisting with some of the most remarkable human achievements.

  • About

  • Philosophy

  • 5 key dates

  • Collections

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  • About Zenith

    Founded in 1865 in Le Locle by 22 year-old visionary Georges Favre-Jacot, the Firm originally developed fob watches, clocks, and navigation console instruments for the navy. It soon earned recognition for the accuracy of its chronometers, for which it has won 2333 timekeeping awards in its 150 years of existence; after barely ten years, it was already employing over one thousand people.

    In 1911, Georges Favre-Jacot named the Firm – which up until then had been named after him –  ‘Manufacture Zenith'. Nine years later, having produced over two million watches, Zenith opened subsidiaries in Geneva, Moscow, Paris, Vienna and New York. 

    Renowned for its precision and the reliability of its timekeeping instruments, the manufacture later equipped the cockpit panel dials of the seaplanes of the French Fleet Air Arm as well as supplying console instruments to the Italian navy.

    After the Second World War, Zenith returned to its core business, developing new automatic movements. The birth of the El Primero caliber in 1969 – the first high-frequency automatic chronograph – made the firm famous. Zenith successfully navigated the following decades and the advent of quartz, constantly creating new calibers – including the Elite ultraflat movement. 

    As the dawn of the third millennium approached, the LVMH Group bought out Zenith, giving the Firm a fresh lease of life. At the 2002 Baselworld show, the manufacture presented four new movements and fourteen new models. 

    Manufacture Zenith boasts over 600 different types of movement. All Zenith watches still have a Zenith manufactured movement produced by the Manufacture in Le Locle.

    In 2012, parachutist Félix Baumgartner became a legend by jumping into the stratosphere and reaching a maximum reported speed of 833.9 mph – equipped with the El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th chronograph. He thus joined the long list of pioneers with whom Zenith has worked. 

  • Zenith's philosophy

    Ever since it was founded, Zenith has been cultivating the ability to open up new horizons by assisting with some of the most remarkable human achievements.From Blériot to Felix Baumgartner, Zenith has made its mark on the history of aviation and space exploration. The Manufacture has played its part in history, marking the time for none other than Ghandi. It has contributed to major advances by equipping a large number of explorers on major expeditions; and these have become an integral part of the brand's heritage, influencing the spirit that drives it forward. 

    Manufacture Zenith is proud of its history and is still in the exact location where its founder built the first workshop, benefitting from its rich past as it looks to the future and fulfils its destiny. Its vocation is to be a fine watchmaking manufacture – inspired by audacity, authenticity and pleasure since 1865.

  • Zenith's 5 key dates

    1865: the Manufacture is founded
    1911: the firm is renamed Zenith
    1969: arrival of the El Primero caliber
    1994: launch of the ultraflat Élite automatic movement
    2012: Félix Baumgartner performs his space jump wearing the Zenith Stratos

  • Zenith's collections

    Academy : This collection of four timepieces demonstrates the Manufacture's fine watchmaking knowhow: the Minute repeater, Equation of Time, fusée and chain, and self-regulating gyroscopic tourbillon.

    El Primero : Based on the caliber of the same name, the El Primero collection comprises the chronographs developed using this movement with an abundance of added complications, including a split-second hand, tourbillon and perpetual calendar.

    Captain : This line of sober timepieces with round cases is a contemporary reinterpretation of a classic ‘hours, minutes and seconds' watch, with the essential watchmaking complications added: date, GMT and moon's phase.

    Pilot : This line is the watchmaking interpretation of the aviator watch, as seen by Zenith. Its three chronograph models are functional and easy to read, and boast the timekeeping accuracy on which the legend of the Manufacture has been built.

    Heritage : This collection bears witness to the firm's aesthetic creativity, with ladies' and men's watches that have stood the test of the decades.

  • Contact Zenith

    Branch of LVMH Swiss Manufactures SA
    Rue des Billodes 34
    CH-2400 Le Locle
    Tel +41 32 930 62 62

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The watch list

Featured Zenith Watches

  • Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 1969 03.2040.4061/69.C496 - face view


    El Primero

    Chronomaster 1969

  • Zenith - El Primero 36'000 VPH Classic Cars


    El Primero 36'000 VPH Classic Cars

  • zenith-heritage-pilot-ton-up - face view



    Pilot Ton-up

  • Zenith - Elite Lady Moonphase


    Elite Lady Moonphase

  • Zenith - Elite Chronograph Classic


    Elite Chronograph Classic

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— Two legends celebrate an iconic year: 1969
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Paris performances

— Paris was the focus of two major new launches last week as Bell & Ross presented several new models and Jean-Claude Biver now starts to make his imprint on Zenith.
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SEPTEMBER 29, 2016
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Hats off to the distinguished gentlemen!

— The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride sponsored by Zenith raises a huge amount for charity.
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A ton of fives

— Some 50,000 motorcylists in 550 cities came together yesterday to take part in the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride and raise money for prostate cancer and mental health charities.
SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
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15 years of great content

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— WorldTempus has teamed up with a select few watch brands to offer some unique pieces for sale for its 15th anniversary.
SEPTEMBER 19, 2016
Zenith El Primero 36000 vph

El Primero 36,000 Vph

— Framed by an imposing steel case, the skeleton dial provides a stunning view of a peerless sports mechanism.
SEPTEMBER 13, 2016
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    SEPTEMBER 12, 2016
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    Pilot Ton-up DGR Special edition

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    Flyback chronographs

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    — The anniversary dates of historical models are generally well known, while those of the patents behind them are often forgotten. 2016 marks the 80th...
    SEPTEMBER 05, 2016
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    GPHG 2016

    Phase one complete!

    — The jury has made its first choice for this year’s GPHG, whittling the selection down to six watches in each category and showing a clear preference for...
    SEPTEMBER 01, 2016
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    SEPTEMBER 01, 2016
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    Mechanical exception

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    AUGUST 30, 2016
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    — Apart from some notable exceptions, few luxury watch brands compete aggressively on price, even in the GPHG category where it is the sole criterion.
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    GPHG 2016

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