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The new Zenith watch, a tribute to the Wright Brothers

July 1, 2014 • Jewels & Watches

The famous Swiss watch manufacturer Zenith hit the ground running when not even the new year gone by, the brand introduced an exceptional time keeper, the Zenith Pilot Montre D’Aéronef type 20 GMT 1903, as a tribute to the Wright Brothers.

 

Swiss brand Zenith reinvents the aviator’s watch

The year 1903 was the year of one major historical event: the premisses of aviation. On December 17th, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright invented and built the world’s first successful airplane sustaining human flight.

The flight was short. They only managed to cover 40 meters at a mere 60 centimeters off the ground. However, this remains a historical feat. From there, the brothers will develop their flying machine into a fixed-wing machine from which a race to conquer the skies will be born, creating the aviator’s myth.

The Swiss brand Zenith designed this watch in tribute to the Wright brothers and the year 1903 symbolising progress and innovation. The new model named Pilot Montre d’aéronef type 20 GMT 1903 was directly inspired that special year.

For this time piece Zenith saw big but not flashy. A large case, large numbers, wide straps, this black and brown retro watch seems appears both comfortable and resistant. Despite the discreet tones of the 1903, its size and the contrast between the black dial and the brown numbers is eye catching and practical, perfectly in line with a pilot’s need.

 

Pilot watch

 

The Zenith Pilot Montre d’aéronef type 20 GMT 1903

Whilst luxury watch brands introduce collections inspired by travels, such as Louis Vuitton and its gentleman traveler, the new model by Zenith is turned towards the discovery of time ad space.

Despite a rather imposing 48mm diametre case, the 1903s case is made of black DLC-coated ultra light titanium. The five-time sandblasted black dial reproduces original Arabic numerals ensuring perfect readability day and night. The watch also possesses a second time-zone indicator powered by the Elite Calibre 693 movement.

This exceptional time piece with a 50 hour power reserve, adorns an elegant beige suede leather. In its dark brown lining features the inscription “Zenith Flying Instruments” and the brand’s logo.

 

There are only 1903 Zenith Pilot Montre d’aéronef type 20 GMT 1903 available. The watches number will be engraved on the back of the watch.

 

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