Zenith have released the new iterations of its Elite classic model line. The elite classic range is billed as the brands most simple, and elegant lineup. Previously Zenith had offered an elite ladies at 33mm and the 39mm Elite classic. A shift towards a unisex model line introduces two new case sizes, 40.5mm and 36mm, but for the all new Zenith elite classic range, it is all about the dial.
During the LVMH watch week in Dubai, Zenith launched the Elite classic range where it embarked on redefining the codes of elegance. Each watch in the line features a stunning sunray pattern dial, bursting out from the centre point of the watch. The intricacies of the pattern continue to fascinate on wrist, the vectoring lines become so fine towards the centre that they create the illusion of disappearing.
The three hand option is available in two metals, Steel with a blue dial, and 18k Rose gold with a silver dial.
On the steel case blue dial reference, the dial features rhodium plated and faceted hands and dial markers. These offer a stark contrast in the light against the blue dial and segmented minutes track. Watching this piece sparkle in the sun is a sight to behold, the sword style hands offer shadowing and highlights that continually catch the wearers eye.
Stepping up into the 18k Rose gold model showcases the silver dial flanked with gorgeous applied gold plated and faceted indices. Running outboard of the hour markers is a light blue minute track, perfectly toned against the silver and offering a touch of vibrance to the dial. The Rose gold used in the case construction feels warm, it’s a delicate hue that maintains the lines elegance.
Powering the range is Zeniths 27 jewel in-house manufacture movement, Elite caliber 670 automatic. Made up of 144 individual components and beating a way at a 4hz 28,800 vibrations per hour. Zenith boast an impressive 50 hours power reserve at minimum in the Elite 670, for a watch that stands just 9mm high, achieving 50 hours power reserve is no small feat.
A new addition to the Elite classic movements is the star shaped oscillating weight, which features a lovely satin finish. All of which is visible through the sapphire glass case back.
Launched alongside the Elite classic range, Zenith debuted the Elite classic moonphase. Available in steel and Rose gold in both 40.5mm and 36mm, the inclusion of the moonphase disk at 6 o’clock further cements the elegance of the collection. The steel model features a grey sunray dial that hopefully Zenith will bring to the time and date variant in the year ahead.
To power the Elite classic moonphase Zenith use their caliber 692, an ultra-thin ebouche at just 3.9mm thick. Made up of 195 components and 27 jewels, the movement offers the same 50-hour minimum power reserve and new oscillating weight.
The all new Zenith elite classic range is an excellent showing from the brand. The pieces wear light and elegant on the wrist, offering a level of class and refinement not seen for some years by the Neuchâtel brand.