Introduced a couple of years prior, the Zenith Pilot Type 20 is a recognition for the brand’s rich aeronautics history. Among other features, in 1909, the French pilot Louis Bleriot turned into the principal man to fly across the English Channel and did as such with a Zenith watch tied on his wrist. Zenith thusly made a variety of pilot watches and cockpit instruments. During the 1960s, the brand provided chronographs to the Italian Air Force through a Roman seller, Cairelli.
The vintage-enlivened Zenith Pilot Type 20 highlights the DNA of locally available watches: an overwhelming case, a noticeable tightened onion-formed crown empowering activities even with gloved hands, exceptionally clear dials with larger than usual brilliant numerals matched with radiant cathedral hands.
On the event of the 2019 Geneva Watch Week, Zenith presents two new time-just 45mm models. These new models come in two distinct materials that will undoubtedly engage vintage and patina darlings, even more as the Pilot Type 20 loans itself especially well to vintage varieties. The first, the Pilot Type 20 Ton Up Black comes in aged steel with a dark dial. In the event that its rather cool aged completion is the consequence of a covering, the subsequent one, the Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Blue, includes a bronze case (with a matte blue dial) that will slowly develop its patina over time.
Just like the other Pilot Type 20 time-just models, the new watches are fueled by the attempted and-tried Elite 679 type with hours, minutes and seconds. This programmed development works at 28,800 vibrations each hour and can hide away to 50 hours of force hold. The strong titanium caseback of the bronze form is engraved with the “Zenith Flying Instruments” logo while the steel adaptation comes with a “Café Racer Spirit motif”.
These new models come on a slick nubuck leather tie with an elastic fixing for improved comfort and with a titanium pin buckle.
Price is set at CHF 6,900 for the steel and bronze renditions. For more data on the Zenith Pilot Type 20, if it’s not too much trouble, visit the accompanying pages here and here .