Zenith

Zenith is one of the premium Swiss watch brands. Zenith watches operates since 1865 and today is a subsidiary of the luxury group LVMH (Bulgari, TAG Heuer, Hublot). Zenith produces all watch movements in-house and is famous for the 1969 El Primero calibre, one of the first automatic chronograph calibers. In 2012 the Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th watch has been released. We cover all of Zenith's watches with news on Zenith watch models, Zenith watch prices, and review of Zenith watches like the Zenith Pilot Doublematic, Zenith Captain Winsor, Zenith Academy, Zenith El Primero, Zenith Pilot, Zenith Capatin and Zenith Star. WatchTime is the authority on Zenith watches. We constantly review the new products of the Zenith watch portfolio and speak with Zenith executives about the product strategies and current Zenith watches.

Dive Watch Wednesday: How the Rotating Bezel Landed on the Dive Watch

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In the third part of our ongoing series on the basics of the dive watch, we at Diveintowatches.com explained about how its most characteristic feature works. In this edition, we dive a little bit deeper and discover its origins. … [Read more...]


Pilots’ Watch Review: Zenith Captain Pilot Chronograph

Zenith Captain Pilot Chronograph

For a review of pilots' watches published in our March-April 2012 issue, we selected two three-hand pilots’ watches and seven pilots’ chronographs to accompany a trio of pilots – aerobatics champion Klaus Lenhart and his protégés Axel Schütte and Andreas Langer − while they performed an aerobatic program, specially designed for our review, in the skies above the Swabian Mountains in southern Germany. One of the watches chosen was the Zenith Captain Pilot Chronograph. … [Read more...]


Zenith Academy Georges Favre-Jacot Celebrates the Brand’s 150th Anniversary

Zenith Academy Georges Favre-Jacot

In 1865, 22-year-old Georges Favre-Jacot founded his watch manufacture in Le Locle, giving birth to the watch brand we know today as Zenith. To mark Zenith’s 150th anniversary, the brand is launching the Academy Georges Favre-Jacot, a limited-edition timepiece featuring a rare and ancient complication. … [Read more...]


16 Prize-Winning Watches from the 2014 Geneva Grand Prix

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On October 31st, the 14th annual Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève — the watch world's equivalent of the Oscars — was held at Geneva's Grande Theatre. The international jury of watch experts handed out prizes in 16 categories, including the prestigious "Aiguille d'Or" grand prize, awarded to Breguet for its Classiqu Chronometrie. Scroll down for the full list of winners. … [Read more...]


Five Affordable Zenith Watches for New Collectors

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Zenith is best known as the creator of the El Primero – an integrated, automatic chronograph movement that has earned a place in the pantheon of historic calibers. Today, the brand is also known and appreciated for offering classically styled timepieces and excellent value. Here are five Zenith watches the we can recommend for new collectors.   … [Read more...]


Blackout: 17 Black-on-Black Watches

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chrono

Blue-on-blue isn't the only popular watch-color trend of recent years. "All-black" watches, with ebony-colored cases, dials, and straps, have also remained popular. Nearly every watch brand, from mass-market and inexpensive to pricey and high-end, now makes at least one black-on-black model. Here are 17 watches that are clad in black from head to toe. … [Read more...]


Zenith Pilot Montre D’Aeronef Type 20 GMT Red Baron

Zenith Pilot Montre d'Aeronef Type 20 Red Baron

Before it became known as a pioneer in wristwatch chronographs with the development of the El Primero caliber in 1969, Zenith had secured a place in history as one of the first manufacturers of onboard instruments for aviators in the early 20th century. The Swiss brand has embraced this heritage in recent years with the release of its Zenith Pilot Montre d'Aeronef Type 20 collection. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: My Top 15 World-Time Watches

Breguet Classique Hora Mundi

Many who travel throughout the world have to frequently re-adjust our watches for a new time zone when arriving at our destination. And those of us with friends and business associates around the globe often need to know the local time in multiple locations at once. Wearing a watch with a world-time function means that you can surf through the world's time zones instantly. Here are the top 15, from my blog, Watch-Insider.com. … [Read more...]


Five Affordable Swiss Watches with In-House Movements

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When shopping for a fine timepiece, people often seek particular attributes, and two of the most popular are “Swiss made” and “In-house movement.” Here are five watches that meet these criteria, and that you can acquire without breaking the bank. … [Read more...]


9 Watch Brands That Make Their Own Metals

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona - Platinum - angle

We're all familiar with the most popular materials for watch cases — steel, rose gold, titanium, et cetera. But what about Rolesium, Ceragold, and Zenithium? While many watch brand take great pride in making their own cases, movements and dials, only a handful have gone the extra mile and actually invented their own materials, mostly for use in cases, but sometimes even for parts inside the watch. Many of these have come about as watch brands invested in developing new alloys in an effort to … [Read more...]


Feeling Blue: 20 Watches With Blue Dials and Blue Straps

TAG Heuer 1887 Carrera Chronograph

Blue watches are one of the growing style trends seen in the watch world in the past few years — and on display at the watch shows in Switzerland and in the U.S.A. —, with blue-on-blue dial-strap combinations. We took a look at such blue watches with blue dials and blue straps released within the past few years, and compiled a list of 20 timepieces from brands on the blue-dial bandwagon. … [Read more...]


Need for Speed: 10 Watches Inspired by Auto Racing

2012 Blancpain L-Evolution Super Trofeo

The worlds of watchmaking and automobile racing have shared a strong connection for decades, with racing and high-performance cars often serving as a direct inspiration for watches, including classic models like the Rolex Daytona and TAG Heuer Carrera, which both turned 50 in 2013. Below we take a look at 10 recently released watches with designs influenced by automobile racing. As a partner with Lamborghini in the all-Lambo Super Trofeo auto racing series, Blancpain produces a line of Super … [Read more...]


Star Time: 13 Celebrity-Branded Sports Watches

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There is no shortage of celebrities, many of them celebrity athletes, who serve as "brand ambassadors" for watch brands, appearing in ads and attending events wearing their watches. However, a few of these stars go the extra mile, giving input and often even becoming involved in the design process, for special celebrity watches to which they lend their names. Below is a list of 12 celebrity watches developed in honor of, and named for, their famous representatives. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider’s Top 10 Watches Under €10K With In-House Movements

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A regular reader of Watch-Insider.com, Nick Senn, inspired me to compile this Top 10 list last year, focusing on watch brands that offer models with in-house movements at what most aficionados would consider affordable prices. Here we re-present the list, with links to more info on several of the watches. … [Read more...]


Press Release: WatchTime Presents the Watches of Baselworld 2014

WatchTime E-Special Baselworld 2014 - Cover

New York City (NY): America’s best-selling watch magazine, WatchTime, has released its complete Baselworld reporting from 2014 as a downloadable E-Special. This E-Special is packed with informative product news (with photos) on 79 new watches introduced at Baselworld — the world’s largest and most important watch fair — along with sidebar articles and an investigative piece on the state of the worldwide watch market by watch-industry veteran and WatchTime editor-in-chief Joe Thompson. … [Read more...]


Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar Tribute to Russell Westbrook

Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar Russell Westbrook

This week's Watch to Watch teams up Zenith with one of the NBA's hottest young talents. The Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar Tribute to Russell Westbrook is an extremely limited edition (just five pieces), available exclusively through Westime Jewelers in Los Angeles. … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: 7 Iconic Chronograph Watches

Rolex Daytona

In this week’s Fratello Friday, I offer up my Top Seven Iconic Chronograph Watches. If you don’t count the date feature, the chronograph is probably the most popular complication for wristwatches, as well as one of the most useful: one can find many uses for a chrono during his or her everyday life, such as timing diner preparation or in other work- or sports-related activities. … [Read more...]


WatchTime’s July-August Issue is On Sale Now!

WatchTime August 2014 Cover

The July-August issue of WatchTime is on newsstands now (and also in the WatchTime online shop), featuring a comparative test of the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Jack Heuer Edition and the Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue, more than 75 new watches from Baselworld 2014, and more. Click here for highlights from the issue... … [Read more...]


Which Watch Brands Spent the Most on Advertising in 2013?

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As we reveal in our July-August issue, on sale July 15, watch brands spent almost half a billion dollars on advertising in the U.S in 2013. The total was $492.68 million: a record high, and up 23.3 percent from the 2012 total. That figure comes from Kantar Media, which each year compiles estimates of ad spending for a range of different products. The figures for 2013 signal that the U.S. watch market is still growing, especially as Swiss luxury brands turn their sights back from China to this … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: My Top 10 Chronograph Watch Movements; What Are Yours?

Omega Caliber 9300

A while back, I wrote an article on my top 5 iconic chronograph watches. Some of you readers wondered why Zenith wasn’t in there. Quite simply, it didn't make my personal Top 5. However, I do love the Zenith El Primero movement, and think that its reputation as a great chronograph caliber is well-earned. So, to make it up for some of you fellow watch nerds out there, I've compiled a Fratello Friday article that focuses specifically on chronograph movements rather than watches. Here is my … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: 5 Watches That Deserve a Re-Edition

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Ever since the revival of mechanical wristwatches in the 1990s, brands are eager to re-launch some of their successful models from the past. This makes total sense, since some of the brands out there have an impressive and interesting history behind some of their watches. The most famous ones are, of course, the TAG Heuer Monaco and Carrera, the Omega Seamaster PloProf, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea, more or less all Panerai's models, and so on. But what about some of these historic watches that … [Read more...]


New at JCK 2014: Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback Rainbow

Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback Rainbow

Zenith has had a busy 2014, introducing new watches both at Baselworld and during the Geneva shows. It released yet another at the JCK watch and jewelry trade show in Las Vegas: the Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback rainbow, a timepiece inspired by a military watch Zenith once created for the French Air Force. … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: Which Watch Brands Are Likely to Increase in Value? (Part 2)

Zenith Chronomaster

In case you missed part one of this article, please click here. The basic question is: "What brands offer watches that tend to increase in value over time?" As I wrote last time, there are two answers here, a short version and a long version. The short answer is simple: Rolex and Patek Philippe. The long answer is what I try to cover in this two-part article. … [Read more...]


Jean-Frederic Dufour, Current CEO of Zenith, Named New Rolex CEO

Jean-Frederic Dufour CEO Rolex

A rumor reported on our sister blog, Watch-Insider.com, this morning, has now been confirmed: Jean-Frédéric Dufour, currently the CEO of Zenith, has been named the new global CEO for Rolex SA. An official start date for Dufour, who has been in his position at Zenith since 2009, has yet to be announced. The text of Rolex's very brief press release, issued today, follows. … [Read more...]


Monochrome Monday: Introducing the “Real” TAG Heuer Carrera CH80

TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre CH80 - reworked-Black

A few months ago, TAG Heuer presented a brand new in-house calibre called 1969. It was clear then that Baselworld 2014 would be the place where TAG Heuer would unveil a new watch containing that movement. And the brand did present a very nice one, the Carrera CH80, a retro-style Carrera inspired by the very first 1960s versions. What we didn’t expect, was that the CH80 presented in Basel wouldn't actually be the final version, and that some small but significant changes were planned. For that … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: My Top 10 Watches From Baselworld 2014

Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph

With Baselworld 2014 now passed, I have as usual assembled my personal list of favorite watches from the show. In the coming days and weeks, on Watch-Insider.com, I will publish lists that are more rational and technical than emotional, but for now, here are the top 10 watches from Baselworld that I most liked and would likely buy. … [Read more...]


Audio: Watch Insider Interviews 10 Watch-Brand VIPs at Baselworld 2014

Linz and Omega's Urquhart

Our "Watch Insider," Alexander Linz, had a busy Baselworld 2014, running around to photograph new products and interview some of the watch world's biggest movers and shakers. Below you'll find links to audio files of the interviews, conducted for WatchTime's sister blog, Watch-Insider.com. … [Read more...]


Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Tribute to Charles Vermot (Updated with Live Photo From Baselworld 2014)

Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Charles Vermot LE

You may have never heard of Charles Vermot, but if you own a Zenith El Primero watch, or any other watch equipped with Zenith's famous high-frequency mechanical chronograph movement, the El Primero, you owe him a debt of gratitude. … [Read more...]


Baselworld 2014: Zenith El Primero Lightweight Chronograph

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Zenith previewed a pre-production version of the El Primero Lightweight  at SIHH, and now at Baselworld, the brand unveils the final product. Significant changes include a decision not to include the Striking 10th complication, which in turn lowers the final price by about $3,000. Find images, complete details and technical specifications inside. … [Read more...]


WatchTime E-Special: The Watch Cities of Switzerland

New York City (NY); Watchtime.com, the website of America’s best-selling watch magazine, WatchTime, has published a new E-Special: “The Watch Cities of Switzerland.” This downloadable e-special can be found here: http://watchtime-shop.com/specials/watchtime-e-special-the-watch-cities-of-switzerland.html This E-Special compiles four feature-length articles about four watchmaking cities in Switzerland: Bienne, where Rolex, Omega, and the Swatch Group make timepieces; La Chaux-De-Fonds, … [Read more...]