Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Open Grande Date Moon & Sunphase
The creation of Zenith stems from a revolutionary approach to watchmaking. In 1865, Georges Favre-Jacot was just 22 years’ old, but gifted with a fabulous grasp of the watchmaking trade, since he had been train...
The creation of Zenith stems from a revolutionary approach to watchmaking. In 1865, Georges Favre-Jacot was just 22 years’ old, but gifted with a fabulous grasp of the watchmaking trade, since he had been training apprentices even before coming of age. By uniting under a single roof in Le Locle, a town in the Swiss Jura, the entire range of artisans capable of creating a timepiece from start to finish, he actually invented the very idea of a “Manufacture” – which naturally bore his name. Due to its industrial history as the cradle of Swiss watchmaking, Le Locle has been classified as a UNESCO world heritage site. All our wealth of expertise and our craftsmen are here, within these premises that we have never left, guided as ever by our founder’s visionary intuition, almost 150 years ago.
The word “Zenith” appeared for the first time in 1897 on the movement of certain pocket watch models, and was definitively adopted in 1911. It refers to the highest point in the sky, and indeed represents the level of excellence consistently pursued by the artisans who create our timepieces. But Zenith is also about the emergence of an approach combining the best of hand craftsmanship and industry. Influenced by American methods, Georges-Favre Jacot worked tirelessly to extend and improve the facilities of his production site, buying or developing new machines and production techniques in order to constantly improve the quality and the precision of the timepieces produced there.
It was thus that he developed the concepts of interchangeable parts and automation as a complement to the manual care lavished on creating and finishing each watch. Today, the Manufacture is still engaged in this process of renewal, since the site is currently undergoing restoration work. By the start of the 20th century, this pioneering spirit instilled by the founder had raised the brand to the ranks of the three largest watch manufacturers. Our history is a fundamental pillar of the modern watch industry, and our artisans are its faithful custodians.
Since 1865, over 300 patents registered by Zenith have laid milestones as discoveries representing major breakthroughs in the progress of time measurement – from onboard instruments to wristwatches, as well of course as pocket watches. Our archives encompass over 600 movement variations bearing testimony to our expertise. More than in any other field, Zenith has distinguished itself in the field of chronometry or timing precision, earning no less than 2,333 prizes. This fierce determination to be leader in terms of precision, together with our tradition of innovation, have made El Primero the most legendary chronograph of all time. It is now part of a complete collection bearing its name.
All in all, a fine track record forged through almost a century and a half of horological mastery, under the aegis of the brand with its guiding star. www.zenith-watches.com