Presentation – The Zenith Elite Traditional 2020 and Moonphase 40.5 mm

After a whole yr celebrating one of the vital iconic actions in historical past and crucial creation of Zenith, particularly El Primero, and after a number of collections of daring sports activities watches , together with the Defy, it’s time for Zenith to return to a considerably forgotten watchmaking area, the basic elegant watch. Not solely a brand new watch in itself, just like the Elite has already existed previously, what the model presents right now is nonetheless a very redesigned assortment. Let's take a primary take a look at the brand new Zenith Elite Traditional 2020 and Moonphase 40.5mm.


Zenith not too long ago targeted on its legendary motion, El Primero, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019. A number of commemorative watches have been launched, together with the Revival A386 and Revival A384, along with extra items modern. Earlier years had been additionally dedicated to extra sporty fashions with many of the new watches showing underneath the Pilots or Defy collections. And between these, the Elite has been nearly solely forgotten. But this discreet assortment was and nonetheless is a basic member of the model and has undergone an entire overhaul.

The aim of the Elite assortment has at all times been that of a dressy and chic watch, not a bit of pure tuxedo costume. As such, it has by no means been a contest for the Altiplanos of this world. It was a properly proportioned, elegant and discreet room. The Zenith Elite 2020 assortment isn't about to vary that, but it surely does convey extra modern touches to the combo.

The bottom of this watch is an easy and well-designed 40.5 mm case – out there in metal or in 18-carat rose gold – with high quality horns and a bezel. The case is generally polished, with brushed accents on the highest of the legs. It reveals a slight inspiration from the previous, with codes from the center of the 20th century however in a usually trendy complete. What has actually modified on these new Elite watches is the dial which now shows (regardless of the coloration or the complication) a stamped radial sunbeam sample, giving the watches a graphic and dynamic look. It’s mixed with faceted and tapered utilized indexes and dauphine palms.

The Zenith Elite Traditional 40.5 mm

The primary mannequin on this new Zenith Elite assortment is known as "Traditional" and has a 40.5 mm case, out there in metal with blue dial and bracelet, or in 18-carat pink gold with silver dial and brown bracelet.

This Elite Traditional is a reasonably easy model of the date and time with the time displayed within the middle and the date in a window at 6 o'clock – nonetheless too far within the middle of the dial (signal of & # 39; slightly motion -ish). This model is powered by the interior caliber Elite 670, a motion well-known at Zenith as a result of it powers most date and time watches, together with Skeletonized Defy watches. This automated motion operates at four Hz and supplies 48 hours of vitality. It is going to be seen via the underside of the case – no photograph of the motion has but been offered.

Two variations will probably be out there, the metal / blue mannequin (ref. 03.3100.670 / 02.C922) on the value of 5 900 CHF and the gold / silver mannequin (ref. 18.3100.670 / 01 . C920) on the value of CHF 12,900 .

The Zenith Elite Moonphase 40.5 mm

The second mannequin within the Zenith Elite 2020 assortment is the "Moonphase". Inside the identical 40.5mm case we’ve got right here a barely extra sophisticated undated model, which is offered in metal with a slate grey dial or in 18okay rose gold with a silver dial and blue accents .

This moon section perform provides appeal to the show. Whereas the hours and minutes are at all times centrally positioned, the seconds are displayed at 9 o'clock – not in a sub-dial however with four small indexes – to maintain the motif of the dial intact. A moon section indication is positioned at 6 o'clock in a blue round window with a rhodium-plated or gold-plated moon, relying on the fabric of the case. Inside this Moonphase model of the Zenith Elite is the Elite 692 caliber, which shares the identical mechanical base because the earlier watch – automated, 4Hz frequency, 48h energy reserve. The indication of the moon is adjusted by the crown.

Once more, two variations will probably be out there, the metal / slate mannequin (ref. 03.3100.692 / 03.C923) on the value of CHF 6,900 and the gold / silver mannequin (ref. 18.3100. 692 /01.C922) on the value of CHF 13,900 .

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