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Zenith watches history - 'If You Appreciate Precision Timekeeping'.
  • Zenith watches history - 'If You Appreciate Precision Timekeeping'.
  • Kieselstein-Cord Alligator women's timepiece.
  • Yeslam Aviator III Watch.
  • XEMEX XE 5000 Ref. 5502.03 Chronograph Sun.
  • Welder K37 Series.
  • Vacheron Constantin Malte regulator tourbillon high jewellery watch. Has 263 baguette-cut diamonds in the dial and 274 baguette-cut diamonds in the case. Price: US$700,000.
  • Urban Jürgensen & Sønner Perpetual Moonphase Watch, Reference 2.
  • Tag Heuer Calibre 1887.
  • Seiko Astron.
  • Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watch.
  • Quinting Mysterious Quardinal.
  • Patek Philippe: a small selection of current available watches.
  • Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Olympic Collection.
  • NakedWatch Company Tailored Tourbillon Skeleton Timepiece.
  • Maurice Lacroix Starside Eternal Moon Watch.
  • Longines Lindbergh’s Atlantic Voyage Watch.
  • The modernist 'Twelve' watch line from Issey Miyake is designed by Naoto Fukasawa.
  • Jaeger LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica.
  • IWC Portuguese Grande Complication Gold Watch.
  • Hublot One Million $ Black Caviar Bang Watch. 550 diamonds are all over the watch, with a total of 34.5 carats. Won the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève prize for jewelery watch of the year 2009.
  • Greubel Forsey Quadruple Tourbillion. 531 parts are used for two separate double tourbillons. Price: US$690,000.
  • Franck Muller Cristiano Ronaldo Perpetual Calendar Bi-Retro Chrono CR7 Limited Edition Chronograph.
  • Eterna Chronograph Limited Edition 1938.
  • Dubey & Schaldenbrand Grand Schar DB.
  • Tank Louis Cartier Watch.
  • Nicolas G. Hayek of Breguet unveils its Marie-Antoinette Grande Complication pocket watch number 1160 in april 2008.
  • A. Lange & Söhne: Richard Lange collection 'Pour Le Mérite' watch.
  • Chopard 201 Carat Watch featuring 874 diamonds in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours. The watch sold for US$25 million in early 2000 making it the most expensive watch in the world.
  • Patek Philippe Henry Graves Super Complication Pocket Watch: US$11 million.
  • Patek Philippe Reference 1527 Wristwatch: US$5,708,833.
  • Breguet & Fils, Paris No. 2667 Precision Stop Watch. Sold at Christie's Auction in Geneva for US$4,682,165 on May 14, 2012.
  • Louis Moinet Meteoris Watch: US$4,599,487.
  • Vacheron Constantin Tour de I'lle Watch. Released in 2005 in a limited edition of 7 pieces to commemorate the manufacturer's 250th anniversary. The most complicated continually produced wristwatch with 16 complications and 834 individual parts. Price: US$3,950,000.
  • Patek Philippe Reference 2499, limited edition (only five pieces): US$3,655,757.
  • 1928 Patek Philippe 18k white gold cushion-shaped single-button chronograph sold for US$3,637,408 at Christie's Auctions in Geneva on May 16, 2011.
  • Piaget Emperador Temple Watch US$3.3 million.
  • Patek Philippe 1953 Model 2523 Heures Universelles Watch: US$2,899,373.
  • Cartier Secret Watch with Phoenix Decor. Price: US$2,755,000.
  • Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4 watch. The most complicated wrist watch ever made in the world: 36 complications, 1483 components, 99 jewels. Price: US$2,700,000.
  • Parmigiani Fleurier Fibonacci Pocket Watch: US$2.4 Million.
  • Patek Philippe Model 1591 (1944): US$$2,263,964.
  • Patek Philippe The Grogan (1925) Gold Chronograph Watch. One of the first watches made for a lefty. Price: US$1,945,040.
  • Vacheron Constantin Grand Complication, Movement No. 37555, Case No. 231922, pocket watch in 20-carat gold made for James Ward Packard in 1918 brought US$1,800,000 at Christie’s New York auction on June 15, 2011.
  • Patek Philippe Single Button Chronograph Watch: US$1,773,206.
  • Patek Philippe Pilot Watch, 1936 model. Sold for over US$1,710,690 at Christie’s in Geneva on May 11, 2009.
  • Richard Mille Sapphire Crystal Watch: RM 56 Felipe Massa Sapphire. Limited edition: 5 pieces. Price: US$1.7 million.
  • Blancpain Spécialités Tourbillon Diamants Watch. Features 735 diamond stones (20.14 carats) encrusted on a 18k white gold 3 piece case set and 29 added jewels placed on the automatic caliber 25A tourbillon movement. Price: US$1,342,700.
  • Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon in yellow gold, Ref. 5002, sold for US$1.2 million at the Patrizzi & Co. auction in New York on October 7, 2009.
  • Chopard Super Ice Cube Watch. Price: US$1,130,260.
  • Ulysse Nardin Royal Blue Tourbillion watch. Has a platinum case and bracelet and is set with a total of 568 baguette-cut Top Wesselton diamonds (33.8 carats) and 234 baguette-cut royal blue sapphires (16.79 carats). Limited edition: 30 pieces. Price: US$1 million.
  • Jacob & Co. Crystal Tourbillon watch. The 18 carat white gold case of the Crystal Tourbillion is covered in 17.48 carats of baguette diamonds and has a transparent skeleton tourbillon dial. Price: US$900,000.
  • Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Grande Complication. Selfwinding watch with perpetual calendar indicating the day, the date, the week, the moon phases, the month and the leap years, minute repeater, split-seconds chronograph and small seconds at 9 o'clock. 950 platinum case, white classic dial, blue strap. Price: US$$780,600.
  • Breguet Classique 5349 Grande Complication. It contains more than 570 parts and has three patents to protect its 'superior precision and technological mastery'. Price: US$755,000.
  • Omega Constellation Baguette watch. 459 Top Wesselton diamonds, totaling just over 30 carats. There are 146 baguette and trapeze diamonds on the dial, completely covering the 18 carat white gold case. Price: US$$708,742.
  • Richard Mille RM 27-01 Raphael Nadal. Limited edition of 50 timepieces. Weight: just 19 g. Price: US$690,000.
  • Cabestan Winch Tourbillon Vertical watch. Limited series of 135 pieces. Price: US$400,000.
  • Louis Vuitton Tambour in Black LV277 automatic chronograph, 44mm.
  • Tag Heuer Calibre 1887.
  • Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding watch with date display and centre seconds. 18-carat pink gold case, silvered dial, black strap.
  • Blancpain Tourbillon watch.
  • Piaget Altiplano ultra-thin, mechanical, pink gold, diamonds watch.
  • Breguet 'Le Réveil du Tsar' Classique alarm wristwatch in 18-carat yellow gold.
  • Arnold & Son DBS 18-Carat Rose Gold Case.

World's 1200 Top Watch Brands & Watchmakers: Z

ZENITH SA is a high-end luxury Swiss watch manufacture started in 1865 by Georges Favre-Jacot at the age of 22, in Le Locle in the canton of Neuchâtel. Zenith has a long reputation for the quality and precision of their watches, with 1,565 1st-place precision awards to date. It is one of few remaining Swiss watch manufacturers that still produce their own movements in-house.

The El Primero calibre, which was first released in 1969, though still produced today, was one of the first automatic chronograph movements and has a frequency of 36,000 alternations per hour (5 Hz). This high rate allows a resolution of 1/10 of a second and a potential for greater positional accuracy over the more common standard frequency of 28,800 alternations per hour (4 Hz). The El Primero was honoured with a 2012 release of the El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th, limited to 1,969 pieces (in honour of the original 1969 release date), that housed the same 36,000 vph movement and a sub-dial measuring in tenths of a second to make a complete rotation every ten seconds.

Zenith was purchased by LVMH in November 1999, becoming one of several brands in their watch and jewellery division. The CEO of the company is Jean-Frédéric Dufour, formerly of Chopard.

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  • ZADIG & VOLTAIRE - since 1997. Watches for men.
  • ZADIG & VOLTAIRE - since 1997. Watches for women.
  • ZANNETTI - since 1982. "Handmade and Luxury Watches." Zannetti Handmade Watches Rome. Zannetti is totally dedicated to creating extraordinary designs, unique to Haute Horologerie enthusiasts.
  • Zegg & Cerlati Place du Casino.
  • ZEGG & CERLATI Monte-Carlo - since 1982. "Discover the most luxurious watches in the world, made in Switzerland."
  • ZEITWINKEL - since 2006. "Handmade watches from Switzerland." Zeitwinkel is an independent manufacture for high quality Swiss watches with in-house manufacture movements. Each Zeitwinkel manufacture movement and watch are assembled by hand by our watchmakers, so we can only produce a limited number of watches each year.
  • Zenith DEFY Extreme E 'Island X Prix' Edition.
  • ZENITH - founded in 1865. Swiss luxury watchmaker. Zenith is one of the Swiss watch manufacturers that still produce their own movements themselves. Subsidiary of LVMH since 1999.
  • ZENITH - Wikipedia.
  • A Brief History of the Zenith El Primero - "Zenith’s El Primero automatic chronograph caliber - unveiled to the world just over 50 years ago, in 1969 - is regarded as one of the world’s best and most accurate movements. In this historical feature from the WatchTime archives, contributor Thomas Gronenthal takes a look at its development."
  • The Zenith Chronomaster Original Limited Edition for Hodinkee - "A distinguished new iteration of the Chronomaster Original, created in partnership with Hodinkee."
  • Zenith watches join Rolex & Patek on waitlists as sales surge - "Customers seeking to buy Zenith brand watch models including the Chronomaster Sport and Defy Skyline are now having to join waitlists as sales for the Swiss brand surge. The Zenith models join brands like Rolex, Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe with watches where demand outstrips supply, forcing customers to join waiting lists with retailers. Zenith watch sales are also rising overall, Tornare said, with sales in the first 7 months of the year up about 45% compared with last year’s record performance, which was highest since the storied Swiss brand was acquired by LVMH in 1999."
  • Zenith’s Defy Extreme E ‘Island X Prix’ Special Edition - "Extreme E, the electric off-road motor racing series now in its second season, kicked off in Sardinia last week, with the final doubleheader races held July 9 and 10. And as Official Timekeeper and founding partner, Zenith concurrently unveiled its Defy Extreme 'E Island X Prix' Special Edition timepiece (20 pieces), which is based on the Defy Extreme Carbon."
    • CHRONOMASTER - "The CHRONOMASTER collection showcases the Manufacture's mastery of the automatic high-frequency chronograph movement and the unique design language it established in over 50 years. From faithful reproductions of its most emblematic references from the 1960s and 1970s to reaching new levels of precision with the 1/10 th of a second function in the evolved version of the famed calibre, the CHRONOMASTER collection bridges the past and present of the most prized automatic chronograph ever made."
    • CHRONOMASTER Original Hodinkee Edition El Primero - "A limited edition of 300 pieces made in collaboration with Hodinkee, the CHRONOMASTER Original Hodinkee Edition in a 38mm steel reimagines the retro-inspired chronograph with an opaline salmon dial and matching date-wheel, as well as the emblematic tricolour counters done in three shades of grey."
    • DEFY - "Crafting the future of watchmaking. The ZENITH DEFY collection of watches for men and women is the epitome of ZENITH's endless pursuit of precision through innovation. Combining cutting-edge manufacture movements with futuristic forms and materials, the DEFY collection continues ZENITH's legacy of always surpassing itself and setting new standards of performance and style."
    • DEFY EXTREME E ISLAND X PRIX - "The DEFY Extreme E "Island X Prix" Edition 1/100th of a second chronograph inspired by the Extreme E electric rally race in Sardinia, Italy. Crafted in a robust carbon fibre case with titanium elements. Powered by the El Primero 21 1/100th of a second automatic high-frequency chronograph calibre. Orange recycled tires Velcro strap."
    • ELITE - "ZENITH revisits its own past from the vantage point of today through the ELITE collection of unisex automatic watches. Sleek and minimalistic yet strong in its graphic identity and confident in its timeless lines and proportions, the ELITE collection doesn’t repeat the past, but rather rejuvenates the codes of mid-20th century watchmaking. The ELITE Classic and Moonphase models set the tone for ZENITH’s vision of contemporary elegance."
    • ICONS - "ZENITH ICONS is a curated collection of rare and highly sought-after vintage ZENITH watches that have been sourced, restored and certified by the Manufacture. Organized into thematic capsule collections, ZENITH ICONS allows you to own a piece of watchmaking history with total peace-of-mind."
    • Our collection - "Passing on ancestral skills in order to forge the future. Fulfilling the destiny of a Fine Watchmaking Swiss Manufacturer consistently driven by daring, authenticity and passion since 1865."
    • PILOT - "Born during the dawn of man’s earliest flights over a century ago, ZENITH’s watchmaking heritage in the world of aviation is unrivalled, having created the very first “Pilot Watch” and even trademarking the term in 1904, and has remained the only watch brand with the rights to bear the term “Pilot” on its dials. The modern ZENITH PILOT collection pays tribute to the extraordinary pioneering spirit of the time, built for the adventurers of today."
  • ZENO-WATCH BASEL - founded in 1868. "Independent Swiss watch manufacturing." Is a small watch manufacturer and a synonym for traditional made Swiss precision since 1868.
  • ZENTON - "Watch company is specialized in producing high quality dive watches in limited editions with waterresistance up to 2000m, we do watches in Stainless steel and some models in AB5S Bronze. We are located in Hong Kong."
  • ZEON - since 1950. "Zeon Ltd is the UK's largest importer and distributor of timepieces."
  • ZEPPELIN - since 1987. "A tour with the Zeppelin has always been the most elegant way of traveling and has lost none of its fascination to this day. Like the Zeppelin airships, the watches in this collection impress with their technical sophistication and timeless beauty. The Zeppelin watches offer a sophisticated, distinctive design with an excellent price-performance ratio and a high product quality. All watches are made by highly qualified watch maker in Germany."
  • ZIIIRO - since 2010. "Make Time Fun." Ziiiro make unconventional watches, they have no hands or markings, instead they have a constantly changing pattern of rings indicating the passing of time.
  • ZIPPO - Zippo Watches. Displaying 1 to 25.
  • Zitura Classic Light watches.
  • ZITURA - since 1952. "Zitura is known throughout the financial and watch world as the Swiss Bankers Watch. From its founding in 1952, Zitura designed 24K gold watches that were elegant, unique, and striking in appearance."
  • ZODIAC - A Legacy Since 1882. "Throughout its history, Zodiac has been synonymous with diving. But not all dive watches are created equal. Imagining new technical solutions and having them validated through the grueling series of tests required to earn the COS-C & ISO certification was quite the task. Ultimately, we passed and having it printed on the dial is a real badge of honor." Men's dive watches.
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