Zenith

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.

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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

    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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Featured Zenith Watches

  • Zenith - Christophe Colomb Hurricane - 18.2212.8805/36.C713 - watch face view

    Zenith

    Academy

    Christophe Colomb Hurricane

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

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    El Primero

    Chronomaster 1969

  • Zenith - Pilot - Montre d'Aéronef Type 20 GMT - 03.2430.693/21.C723

    Zenith

    Pilot

    Type 20 GMT

  • Zenith - 6150 - 03.2270.6150/01.C493 - watch face view

    Zenith

    Elite

    6150

  • Zenith - Open - 22.1925.4062/80.C725 - watch face view

    Zenith

    Star

    Open

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JULY 30, 2015
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Pilot Type 20 Skeleton

— Second timepiece derived from the Pilot collection.
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Chengdu Boutique opening

— From 9th to 12nd July, Zenith celebrated its 150th anniversary and the opening its boutique in Chengdu.
JULY 28, 2015
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Pilot Type 20 Hommage à Louis Blériot

— This summer, three new aviator’s watches are joining the Pilot collection from Zenith.
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Only Watch 2015

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Spindrift racing

— Ladycat won third place in a thrilling Bol d'Or Mirabaud 2015.
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— Despite their modest size, hands play a critical role in defining the style of a watch.
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Video. Pop-up Store at Harrods

— Zenith has opened a pop-up store at Harrods and launched the El Primero Chronomaster 1969 150th Anniversary.
MAY 17, 2015
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Sailing with Spindrift

— For the second year Zenith supports the team as official timekeeper of Spindrift racing.
MAY 13, 2015
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El Primero Chronomaster 1969 Tribute to the Rolling Stones

— A legendary chronograph for a legendary brand.
MAY 12, 2015
Exposition, Gübelin
Exhibition

Exceptional chronographs

— Throughout the month of April, chronographs were the star at the Gübelin store in Geneva. WorldTempus attended the exhibition to see some forty timepieces specially selected for the occasion. Here is our overview.
MAY 09, 2015
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Video. Tour Auto Optic 2000, part 4

— After five days of competition on French roads and racing tracks, the 24th edition of the Tour Optic 2ooo ended in Biarritz last Saturday.
APRIL 27, 2015
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    El Primero Stratos Team

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    APRIL 10, 2015
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    Spindrift racing

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    APRIL 08, 2015