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Feature: 5 Things You Must Never Do With Your Watch
If the digital age has taught us anything, it’s that there’s something unquestionably appealing about analogue. Whether its hi-fi, photography, cars or watches, being in control of a machine with moving parts that we can manipulate and understand is inherently satisfying. But as technology moves forward, knowledge of the old ways wanes, some of it to be lost forever. It is our responsibility to pass that knowledge on to new generations of aficionados, our duty—so with that in mind, here are five things you must never do with your mechanical watch.
Feature: The World’s Greatest Chronograph
For a very long time, it was possible to count the number of manufacturers that could make a chronograph movement on one hand, and there’s a reason for that—it’s a very hard complication to make. To find the greatest chronograph, however, is about more than just what ticks inside—it’s the journey, the history, the story. With that being said, here are three of the greatest chronographs ever made.
Feature: Silicon In Watchmaking
For a long, long time, watch movements have been made primarily of metal. But there's a new kid in town, a so-called wonder material that claims to be completely anti-magnetic and require zero lubrication: silicon. But is it as good as the watch brands would have us believe?
Feature: 3 Chronograph Considerations
When you’re looking for the watch that’s right for you, it’s easy to be swept up in the hype of those top few default choices. Say you’ve set your heart on a chronograph; chances are your shortlist may contain a Speedmaster or a Daytona. Both superb watches, no doubt about that, but there are others that you might not know about—and they’re equally worth consideration.
Feature: 5 Watches For An Acquired Taste
It would be a very boring world if everybody liked the same steel watch with the same black dial and the same locking bracelet, and that’s why we have brands like IWC and Panerai, to mix things up a bit. But for some, even these more left field brands aren’t quite left field enough—in fact, they’d prefer something completely out of the park altogether. Here are five watches for those people.
Review: Jaeger-LeCoultre vs Zenith - Ultra Thin
Imagine that the following describes the watch you really, really want: 40mm in diameter, steel, design as uncluttered as possible without compromising legibility, a sub-dial for the seconds and—most importantly—an ultra-thin case housing a beautiful in-house movement that can be seen through a sapphire case back. Oh, and a silvery-grey finish to the dial to top it all off, why not. Okay, perfect. With this very specific set of requirements, it shouldn't be too hard to choose the right watch ... should it?
Feature: Rolex Daytona vs Zenith El Primero
The Daytona comes up a lot on this channel, and for obvious reasons: it's one of the best-known watches ever made, from perhaps the best-known watchmaker in the world. It's also the last Rolex to ever use a movement that hails from outside of the Rolex family—the calibre 4030, based on Zenith's El Primero 400. That was in the Daytona 16520, the model that gave us this new, sleek and oh-so popular shape. 1988 it came out, and it's become very collectible since Rolex discontinued the calibre 4030 in favour of the in-house 4130. Why then, should you want one when you can quite simply walk into a shop now and buy an El Primero straight from Zenith for a fraction of the price?
News: Zenith El Primero 36,000 VPH
The El Primero has been an important part of Zenith’s story since it was first unveiled in 1969. Boasting the first fully integrated automatic chronograph movement, and beating at an impressive 36,000vph, the watch has made its mark not just on the brand’s history, but watchmaking as a whole. But just because the El Primero comes with such a prestigious heritage, doesn’t mean it can’t be given a modern twist—case in point, the new Zenith El Primero 36,000 VPH, with its striking ‘black and white’ contrast dial.
News: Zenith El Primero Tourbillon Skeleton Intense Black
The last time Zenith ventured into the contemporary, under the lead of then-CEO Thierry Nataf, it caused a bit of a stir. Though the Defy series had its fans, its detractors were far greater in number, and so when the beloved brand was turned over to golden boy Jean-Frédéric Dufour, a collective sigh of relief was breathed. The brand returned to producing classic watches with superb movements, and all was well. That is until 2014, when Dufour was poached by Rolex.
News: Zenith Heritage Revival Cronometro Tipo CP-2
Back in the 1960s, the Italian Airforce commissioned Zenith to create a series of high-precision pilots’ watches for the aviators of the Aeronautica Militare Italiana and the Matricola Militare. The watch was named the TIPO CP-2, and was limited to just 2,500 pieces—the majority of the watches were used by military pilots and worn well into the ‘70s and ‘80s, while a few were kept in reserve by Zenith. These watches have become incredibly collectible in recent years, becoming known in the community as A. Cairelli chronographs after the brand’s Rome-based distributor that delivered the watches to the Italian Air Force.
Review: Zenith Pilot Montre D'Aéronef Type 20
The watchmaker known as Zenith has made quite the comeback in recent years. As creator of the world's first integrated automatic chronograph movement - the El Primero - and former supplier of said movement to none other than Rolex, Zenith has some serious credentials to play with. Unfortunately, this rich heritage got a bit of a pummelling during the awkward reign of former CEO Thierry Nataf, when the usually exemplary designs of the pioneering watchmaker took a bit of a nosedive.
News: Zenith Pilot Ton-Up DGR
What could be a more gentlemanly pursuit than raising money for a good cause? That’s exactly what happens, every year since 2012, at the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. The event brings together sharply dressed gents on motorcycles, from over 550 cities worldwide, who ride to raise awareness and money for men’s health issues. This year, the ride will be held on Sunday 25th September, and will be sponsored by Zenith—who have released a limited edition watch of just five pieces in commemoration of the fund-raising event.
News: Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 1969 for Cohiba
Zenith is a symbol of supreme quality in the world of watches - and the same can be said about Cohiba when it comes to cigars. The luxury watchmaker has collaborated with the premium cigar brand in commemoration of Cohiba's 50th anniversary, creating a watch that?s custom made for fine living.
News: Zenith Elite Chronograph Classic
Classic, sophisticated and timelessly refined - these words can be applied to the majority of Zenith watches, but the Elite series especially possesses these adjectives. The Zenith Elite Chronograph Classic - released at this year’s Baselworld - is a beautiful example of the kind of elegant watchmaking that the brand has made a name for.
Brand Focus: Zenith
At 22, most people are still sitting on their parents' sofa and dreaming about how they're going to make their fortune. But it was at this tender age that enterprising young watchmaker Georges Favre-Jacot set up his own watchmaking company in Le Locle, a Swiss municipality nestled amidst the Jura Mountains. He had dreams of doing things a little differently.
Review: Zenith Ultra Thin
In light of news that former Zenith CEO Jean-Frederic Dufour - the man who turned Zenith around following some less prosperous times (and pieces) - has moved to the captain's chair at Rolex has sprouted a certain nostalgic desire to dig out one of Zenith's transcendent pieces, the Ultra Thin. The Ultra Thin is, second to the El Primero itself, a bedrock for Zenith, a steady pulse in times both good and bad. Inspired by the clean vintage look popular for most of the twentieth century, it leaves the clutter of modern design behind in favour of saying few words, but choosing them well.
Feature: 3 Complicated Audemars Piguet Royal Oaks
It’s the watch that saved Audemars Piguet, that came to define it. The eight, hard angles framing the dial and bracelet blending seamlessly into the case can be recognised from across the street—and that’s the point. The Royal Oak was meant to redefine an ailing industry, create exclusivity with a technology that was fast becoming antiquated. And it worked—but could it be better?
Review: Omega De Ville Tourbillon
Stop the average person on the street and ask them if Rolex is better than Omega, and there’s a high chance they’ll agree. Rolex is a bigger brand, sells more watches, has a stronger following—yet here’s something that proves that Omega is, in fact, the champion.
Feature: 3 Expensive Chronographs (That Are Cheaper Than You Think)
High end watches come with high end prices—that's no secret. But what if there were some loophole, some trick to getting watches made by top names like IWC, Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin for the kind of prices you'd pay for Rolexes, Omegas and TAG Heuers? Perhaps there is.
Feature: Useless or Not? 3 Watch Features
We’ve covered many of the varied and interesting complications watchmaking has to offer, from the humble self-changing date to the mighty perpetual calendar, but despite the vast iterations of features we have seen, there are always a few more that we haven’t—and some of them are quite unusual. Here are three of them—the question is, are they useless or not?
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