Zenith Baselworld 2014

For Baselworld 2014, Zenith updated it’s El Primero and it’s aviation related heritage series, the Pilot collection. The first of the trio is called the El Primero Lightweight and the name refers to the weight of the watch which has been reduced by the selective use of materials

This means titanium for the movement bridges, silicon for the level and escape-wheel which not only is lighter (three and a half times lighter than classic alloys), its harder than steel, eliminating the need for lubricating the movement and is both anti-magnetic (movements are affects by magnets) and corrosion-resistant. And that’s the end of your material lesson for this write-up.

El Primero Lightweight

El Primero Lightweight


El Primero Synopsis


El Primero Synopsis

The case is carbon and aluminium with titanium push pieces and crown. The El Primero Synopsis, on the other hand, is a more classic and refined update to the line.


Pilot Type 20 Grand Feu

And the final release is the Pilot Type 20 Grand Feu which is a large 60mm limited edition watch that’s limited to 10 pieces only. It houses a movement entirely chased and engraved by hand which also is a vintage design from the 1960s called the Calbre 5011K.

It was a big deal back in it’s time – When it was released, it beat every existing precision record in its category and Neuchatel Observatory, awarded it the title of the most precise chronometer ever presented.


Pilot Type 20 Grand Feu

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