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Pile of various movement components
Georges Favre Jacot (1843 – 1917) Founder of the Manufacture in 1865
Casing-up workshop Workshop circa 1900
Engraving of the ZENITH Manufacture in 1908
The ZENITH Manufacture has been in the same location since 1865 ZENITH’s administrativebuilding
Article about the ZENITH Manufacture, circa 1900 Watchmaker developing and testing new calibers
ZENITH owns all of its own press tools, which are produced and kept in the Manufacture ZENITH advertisement, circa 1900
PREFACE Presentation of the Manufacture History of the Manufacture The ZENITH professions ZENITH brand values History of theZENITH chronograph Summary of prizes awarded to Zenith
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Collection El Primero Tourbillon El Primero Rattrapante El Primero Striking 10th El Primero 36000 VpH El Primero Retrotimer El Primero New Vintage 1969 El Primero New Vintage 1969 Lady Defy Rainbow Flyback El Primero Class Traveller Multicity Alarm Academy Christophe Colomb Academy Traveller Repetition Minute AlarmAcademy Open Repetition Minute Academy Tourbillon Quantième Perpetuel Academy Tourbillon GT El Primero Chronomaster Open Grande Date Moon & Sunphase El Primero Chronomaster Open Grande Date El Primero Chronomaster Open El Primero Chronomaster Star Open Love Elite Baby Star Open El Primero Captain Elite Captain Central Second Elite Class Dual Time Elite Class Reserve de Marche Elite Class MoophaseGrande Date Elite Class Lady Moonphase Elite Vintage JFK Elite Ultra Thin ZENITH The art of detail Warranty and Maintenance List of subsidiaries
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It is a Manufacture secret that I am going to reveal. So that a watch is not just an article but becomes afascinating instrument, not one, not two, but three rules must all apply. Three principles that are going to guide the thousands of precise actions necessary for building a timepiece.To gain a natural understanding of these rules, let’s take a close look at three watchmaking enthusiasts: a future customer, a collector and a watchmaker. When they choose the watch that is going to be with them for life,the buyer wants to feel thrilled and the collector is going to add an additional factor, rarity. The watchmaker, unquestionably the most meticulous of all, wants absolute accuracy as well.
Preface Jean-Frédéric Dufour. CEO of ZENITH Beauty, Exclusivity and Precision
So that we at ZENITH never forget these essential rules, I created the acronym BEP that summarizes the three fundamentalvalues which – in this case – are the trademark of each of our timepieces, instruments conveying Beauty, Exclusivity and Precision. Precision that with us has a name: El Primero. Revealing the inventive genius of the Manufacture, this movement personifies one of the greatest legends of watchmaking. It is currently the most accurate standard mechanical caliber in the world!The secret?The high-frequencybalance wheel, the only one to pulse at ten vibrations a second, whereas others attain eight at best. All ZENITH watches incorporate a movement manufactured entirely by the us. So you can always entrust us with your ZENITH, old or future; we will be able to maintain it and, if necessary, we will have the tools to restore it. Shortly after I arrived to head the Manufacture, I examined it from topto bottom so that I became steeped in its history. Following on from this initiation, I explored the archives, and discovered some invaluable treasures: original sketches, unknown tools, prototypes that defy the laws of mechanics. And it is from the essence of this watchmaking heritage that I draw a large part of the inspiration that guides our collections.
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