CELEBRATING 150 YEARS!
For 2015, Zenith is an important year in that the brand with the guiding star is celebrating its 150th anniversary. A milestone providing an ideal occasion on which to take a panoramic look back across its history, the revolutions it has created and the feats it has accompanied. Also an opportunity to recall that none of this would have been possible without the talent and skill of the true creators of its watches – the artisans exercising every conceivable speciality – nor without the enterprising spirit cherished by the Manufacture since its beginnings. A spirit based on the founding values of daring, authenticity and pleasure that are more than ever in tune with the times.
THE MANUFACTURE IN A FEW DATES
1865 Georges Favre-Jacot revolutionises watchmaking by bringing all skills under one roof.
1900 The Manufacture wins the gold medal at the Universal Exhibition in Paris.
1911 The Manufacture definitively adopts the name Zenith, a symbol of excellence for the brand with the guiding star.
1925 Zenith is nicknamed “the Manufacture with 2,000 pairs of gold and silver hands”.
1910–60 Zenith develops onboard instruments equipping planes, cars, trucks and trains.
1948 Launch of the legendary Calibre 135 equipped with small seconds, which will earn 235 prizes.
1960 Launch of Calibre 5011-O, which sets a precision record in its category and will power marine chronometers.
1969 Zenith creates El Primero, the first integrated automatic chronograph that is still the most accurate in the world.
1975 The quartz era is in full swing. Charles Vermot hides the production tools required for automatic movements, thereby saving the El Primero calibre from destruction.
1984 Mechanical watches are back in fashion. Charles Vermot reveals where the corresponding production tools are hidden.
1994 Launch of the ultra-thin automatic Elite calibre, voted movement of the year.
2000 Zenith joins the LVMH group.
2003 Zenith creates the Open concept featuring a dial opening revealing the escapement of the El Primero calibre.
2009 The El Primero calibre celebrates its 40th birthday and Le Locle is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
2010 Birth of the El Primero Striking 10th, featuring a sweep seconds hand displays tenths of a second.
2011 The Academy Christophe Colomb Equation of Time wins the Best Complicated Watch Prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG).
2012 The Pilot Big Date Special wins the “Petite Aiguille” prize at the GPHG. The main building of the Manufacture is renovated.
2014 The Manufacture becomes official timekeeper