2017 was an outstanding year for the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH). After twelve representatives of “new watchmaking”, a traditional Manufacture is now joining the circle of FHH partner-brands.
Zenith – whose origins go back to 1865 and which continues to occupy its original buildings in Le Locle – thus becomes the Foundation’s 42nd partner-brand.
Legacy is very much a part of Zenith, with its century and a half of history. From the beginning, it set out to produce the most precise and reliable timepieces ever made by completely rethinking production and bringing the different watchmaking professions together under one roof into the first Manufacture. Thanks to this pioneering concept, throughout the decades Zenith watches and movements have earned multiple distinctions in chronometry competitions and the admiration of watch enthusiasts and modern-day adventurers around the world. Who could ignore the legendary El Primero which in 1969 became the first integrated automatic chronograph calibre whose high frequency measured time with tenth-of-a-second precision.
2017 has been a great year for the FHH and for Zenith too which has shown how an esta-blished brand can innovate like a start-up. It began with the unveiling of the Defy El Primero 21, a dual-chain chronograph that calculates 1/100th of a second. It followed this with the Defy Lab, fitted with a revolutionary monobloc oscillator. Winner of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2017 Innovation Prize, it attains an unprecedented degree of precision for a mechanical calibre. With these two timepieces, Zenith shows that Fine Watchmaking remains wide-open to new developments and discoveries.
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