Zenith - a name synonymous to extreme power and valor. The brand whose name itself indicates the success has been truly living up to its name ever since its inception.
Debuted in the year 2015, the Elite collection is a line of dress watches created by one of the renowned luxury watch brand, Zenith. Inspired by brand's 1990's collection, the Zenith Elite collection houses a few of the very simple yet elegant timepieces which are a true indication of classicism.
History of Zenith Elite
Founded in the year 1865, Zenith is a Swiss luxury watch brand headquartered in the Le Locle canton of Neuchâtel. The man behind the establishment of this legendary brand was a skilled and young watchmaker, Georges Favre-Jacot.
Since its beginning Zenith has been standing as an undisputed leader in the watch world. Traversing over a journey of around 154 successful years, the brand has been consistent in delivering the innovations in the world of horology.
Certainly, to no doubt, Zenith has a lot to add when asked about its achievements and celebrated timepieces. But the debut of Zenith Elite collection in the year 2015, on company’s 150th-anniversary celebration, changed the game. To everyone's surprise Zenith took to another shore by launching its simpler yet elegant dress watch- the Zenith Elite watch collection. Since then Zenith became more prestigious and was paid more obeisance by watch enthusiasts from all across the world.
While dating back to its origin, the Elite collection of Zenith watches derive their name from the company’s in house movement, Elite 6150, launched in the year 1990. Later these Zenith watch movements were planned to be revamped with a few contemporary modifications. The idea of relaunching of the Elite 6150 emerged from the mind of the company's former CEO, Jean-Frédéric Dufour. However, it was implemented during the reigns of its next CEO, Aldo Magada. Under his supervisions, the Elite movement was released again in the year 2015. This new version was the resurrection of the original movement. To enhance it by providing contemporary functionality and design elements while meeting the high precision, this movement was crafted under the supervision of 20 skilled professionals from Zenith. The launch of this Zenith movement marked the dawn of a new era for the Zenith calibers. Apart from this, with relaunching of 6150 movements, the company also strived to remain associated with its roots as a true manufacturer of precise and reliable calibers.
This is how the of new Zenith Elite watch models, came to release. Now after getting a clear understanding of its evolution let's read further to have an insight into the features and functionalities of the Elite line of timepieces.
The all-new Elite models are available in the six different enchanting variants, so as to suite to your every occasion dress piece. But the most favored ones are - the Elite 6150 and Zenith Elite Classic Chronograph. These come encapsulated in an elegant 42mm round case which is further adorned by elongated lugs, silver-hued cambered dial, and leaf-shaped hands. The 6150 model from carries the following features - an hour and minute indication with a sweep second hand, powered by a new caliber 6150 which made its debut in this Zenith watch. Whereas the Elite Classic Chronograph combines the functionality and style of great watchmaking classics. For both these watch classes, Zenith opted for a traditional chronograph which bore two registers, no date, offering a perfect and pleasing symmetry.
The Elite Elements:
Dials and hands
The dials of New Zenith Elite collection are one of the main attractions in the watch. The warm silver tone finishing and its thin profile are sure to grab the attention of every onlooker. Further, the presence of thin baton hour markers and domed shape of dial lend the watch a perfectly balanced vintage look. To add it with more charm the brand logo has been moved at 12 and is topped by a ‘Zenith' star. Apart from delivering enchanting looks the dial of Zenith Elite series also assures you great legibility with the leaf-shaped, rhodium plated hour and minute hands.
Case and strap
When adorned on wrists, Zenith Elite models look really good. Their slender case design utilizing pure and ergonomic lugs exhibit high-end craftsmanship involved in its production. Moreover, the raised profile maintains a great balance with its rectangular pushers and thicker lugs. This extra flat steel case is redesigned in a pebble shape so as to exhibit a slimmer look. Further, the rubber-lined alligator strap fitted with stainless steel triple-blade folding clasp adds to the beauty of the watch.
Not just the look, these Swiss made watches also go well with their functionality. Being named after its movement, the 6150 series of Elite models are embedded with newly launched Zenith Elite movement, introduced in the year 2015. This movement consists of a twin barrel assembly which holds the capability of providing an exceptional power reserve of 100 hours. Whereas, the Zenith Classic Elite model beats at the pace of El Primero. This iconic movement was one of the first automatic chronographs released. It consists of an integrated arrangement with column-wheel and horizontal clutch. The automatic winding is bi-directional and the power reserve exceeds 50 hours, despite producing 36’000 vibrations per hour.
Designing these dressy and thin watches was never an easy task, but the Zenith took up the challenge and moved on. And indeed, it did a superb job by debuting the beautiful Elite series. These Zenith watch series are a true indication of Zenith’s formidable heritage and its future-oriented vision and modernity. Well by delivering such an exquisite Zenith watch collection brand can now certainly claim that all of its timepieces possess a high-end sophistication and pure elegance.