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Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Automatic 40mm Bronze and Nubuck Watch
£5,300
ZENITH
El Primero Sport 45mm Stainless Steel and Rubber Watch, Ref. No. 03.2280.400/91.R576
£6,300
ZENITH
Pilot 44mm Stainless Steel and Leather Watch, Ref. No. 03.2410.4010/21.C722
£5,500
ZENITH
DEFY El Primero 21 Automatic Chronograph 44mm Brushed-Titanium Watch, Ref. No. 95.9005.9004/01.M9000
£10,200
ZENITH
Pilot Cronometro TIPO CP-2 Automatic 43mm Stainless Steel and Leather Watch, Ref. No. 03.2240.4069/21.C803
£6,400
ZENITH
Defy Classic Automatic 41mm Ceramic and Rubber Watch
£6,500
ZENITH
Pilot Type 20 GMT 48mm Stainless Steel and Leather Watch, Ref. No. 03.2430.693/21.C723
£5,900
ZENITH
Defy El Primero 21 Chronograph 44mm Ceramic and Rubber Watch
£11,000
ZENITH
DEFY El Primero 21 Chronograph 44mm Brushed-Titanium Watch, Ref. No. 95.9000.9004/78.M9000
£11,000
ZENITH
Power Reserve 40mm 18-Karat Rose Gold and Alligator Watch, Ref. No. 18.2121.685/01.C498
£10,400
ZENITH
El Primero Chronomaster 1969 42mm Ceramicised Aluminium and Rubber Watch, Ref. No. 24.2041.400/21.R576
£7,200
ZENITH
El Primero 42mm Stainless Steel and Alligator Watch, Ref. No. 03.2080.400/01.C494
£5,500
ZENITH
Elite 6150 42mm Stainless Steel and Alligator Watch, Ref. No. 03.2270.6150/01.C493
£5,200
ZENITH
Elite Ultra-Thin 40mm Stainless Steel and Alligator Watch, Ref. No. 03.2010.681/21.C493
£3,600
ZENITH
DEFY Classic Automatic 41mm Brushed-Titanium, Alligator and Rubber Watch, Ref. No. 95.9000.670/51.R584
£5,300
ZENITH
DEFY Classic Automatic 41mm Brushed-Titanium Watch, Ref. No. 95.9000.670/51.M9000
£6,100
ZENITH
DEFY Classic Automatic Skeleton 41mm Brushed-Titanium and 18-Karat Rose Gold Watch, Ref. No. 87.9001.670/79.M9001
£12,700
ZENITH
Defy El Primero 21 Land Rover Limited Edition Automatic Chronograph 44mm Titanium and Rubber Watch, Ref. No. 97.9000.9004/01.R787
£11,400
ZENITH
Elite Classic Automatic 40.5mm 18-Karat Rose Gold and Alligator Watch, Ref. No. 18.3100.670/01.C920
£10,600
ZENITH
DEFY El Primero 21 Chronograph 44mm Brushed-Titanium, Alligator and Rubber Watch, Ref. No. 95.9002.9004/78.R584
£10,200
ZENITH
El Primero 410 42mm Stainless Steel and Alligator Watch, Ref. No. 03.2097.410/51.C700
£8,400
ZENITH
Pilot Cronometro TIPO CP-2 Automatic 43mm Bronze and Nubuck Watch, Ref. No. 29.2240.405/18.C801
£6,400
ZENITH
El Primero Sport 45mm Stainless Steel and Alligator Watch, Ref. No. 03.2280.400/01.C713
£6,300
ZENITH
Pilot Type 20 Rescue Automatic 45mm Stainless Steel and Leather Watch, Ref. No. 03.2434.679/20.1010
£6,100
ZENITH
Elite Moonphase Ultra Thin Automatic 40.5mm Stainless Steel and Alligator Watch, Ref. No. 03.3100.692/01.C922
£5,700
ZENITH
Elite Moonphase 40mm Stainless Steel and Alligator Watch, Ref. No. 03.2143.691/01.C498
£5,700
ZENITH
Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Automatic 40mm Bronze and Nubuck Watch
£5,300
ZENITH
Elite Classic Automatic 40.5mm Stainless Steel and Alligator Watch, Ref. No. 03.3100.670/02.C922
£4,900
ZENITH
El Primero Chronomaster Sport Automatic Chronograph 41mm Stainless Steel Watch, Ref. No. 03.3100.3600/69.M3100
£8,300
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El Primero Chronomaster Revival A385 Automatic Chronograph 37mm Stainless Steel Watch, Ref. No. 03.A384.400/385.M385
£7,100
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The Modern Marvel

It’s not all about El Primero chez Zenith. The in-house movement that powers its slimmer, time-only timepieces (occasionally with a moonphase) is the pristine Elite automatic. Conceived in the 1990s, it was the first movement in Switzerland to be engineered using computer-aided design technology.

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The Merciful Mutiny

In 1975, the order came from Zenith management to cease all production of mechanical watches and make way quartz technology. This meant scrapping the relatively young El Primero chronograph’s tooling. The foreman of Workshop 4, Mr Charles Vermot, had other ideas. Refusing to see a decade of his life tossed on the scrap heap, he furtively stored everything – tools, presses, cutters, cams, plans, the lot – in a dusty attic, for later retrieval. And thank goodness he did.

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The Prize-Winning Flight

In 1909, the Daily Mail offered a £1,000 prize to the first man to fly the English Channel in a heavier-than-air, powered aircraft. That man was French inventor Mr Louis Blériot, who flew from France in his own Type XI monoplane. On landing atop the White Cliffs of Dover after struggling through early-morning fog, his Zenith watch, “which I use regularly, and cannot recommend it highly enough”, told him the flight had taken 36 minutes and 30 seconds. Zenith’s pilot credentials were cemented, with the current collection’s Pilot Type 20 designed in Mr Blériot’s honour.

INNOVATIONS

The Gyroscopic Mount

New to 2018’s Defy collection (coming soon to MR PORTER) is the Zero G, which suspends the ticking escapement assembly in a gyroscopic mount. No matter what the orientation of your wrist, the balance wheel stays perfectly horizontal, meaning better timekeeping (and a dazzling display of micro-mechanics).

The Escapement Of The Future

The extraordinary, still conceptual, Defy Lab manages to pare back the traditional escapement’s 30-part assortment of levers, jewels and springs to a single stencilled wafer of silicon. This twitches at 15Hz, bringing the whole, open-worked dial display to life. In theory, this will result in unrivalled accuracy.

The Top-Flight Carbon

Both of the Defy El Primero 21’s hair’s-breadth balance springs are made from pure carbon nanotube, a cylindrical form of pure carbon pioneered by British academics and deemed to be the future of material science, from medicine to space flight. They’re anti-magnetic, durable and precisely manufactured – everything a watchmaker wants in its hairsprings.

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