Rewinding back a little over a year to Baselworld 2017, there were really just a handful of watches that grabbed my attention and the Swiss Zenith Defy El Primero 21 (Hands-on here) led the pack. In fact, it was among my favorite watches from last year. It checked all the right boxes. Fun to look at? Check. Functional chronograph? Check. Modern movement? Check. Reasonably affordable? Check. When I got the opportunity to review the titanium model, I jumped. For the most part, it lived up to the hype I had for it.
Zenith Men's Watches
Rose gold ain’t for everyone, but it could be argued that rose gold deserves a second chance when it comes to the Zenith Chronomaster Watches collection – particularly the Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Open, which feels as though it’s been tailor-made for every carat of its bronze-hued 18k gold case.
If you've been longing for something "extra special,"Swiss Zenith has you covered with a whole line of aviation-themed watches that includes the new-for-2017 Zenith Heritage Pilot Extra Special Chronograph in bronze. It appears to have a lot going for it as well: bronze case, giant onion crown and pushers, huge luminescent numerals, and a trusty high-beat El Primero movement. Pricing is borderline tempting as well.
Black on white and white on black. Swiss Zenith released two new El Primero chronographs fitted in black ceramicised case with two opposite chiaroscuro dial interpretations.
The three counters – originally in anthracite, blue and light grey – create here a ‘visual opposites’ effect against a finely sunray-patterned ebony black or silver-toned base, punctuated by black luminescent faceted hour-markers and hands enhanced with bright red touches and protected by a domed sapphire crystal.