Zenith/Cohiba Partnership with Pilot Type 20 Special Editions


ZENITH’s partnership with high-end cigar brand manufacturer Cohiba gets off to a smoking start in 2018, at the 20th prestigious Cuban Habanos Festival, with the launch of two spicy new limited-edition versions of the brand’s celebrated Pilot Type 20 model: the 50-piece PILOT TYPE 20 EXTRA SPECIAL COHIBA MADURO 5 Edition in 18-carat rose gold and the 150-piece PILOT TYPE 20 CHRONOGRAPH COHIBA MADURO 5 Edition in bronze.

An epic year for ZENITH, 2017 saw the launch of a number of groundbreaking new references, including two stunning new iterations of the brand’s famous Pilot watch with its imposing presence and adventurous temperament. Showcasing a neo-retro look fueled by the adventurous spirit of the aviation pioneers that the Manufacture has accompanied since the early days of flight, this famous aviator’s watch expressed its trailblazing style in chronograph mode as the PILOT TYPE 20 CHRONOGRAPH EXTRA SPECIAL; and as an automatic alternative in the PILOT TYPE 20 EXTRA SPECIAL Special Edition.

With its virile bronze case, high-frequency El Primero ‘engine’ and black dial bearing green-emission SLN Arabic numerals, the PILOT TYPE 20 CHRONOGRAPH is a natural heir to the onboard instruments developed by ZENITH in the early years of aeronautics, known for their precision, sturdiness and outstanding legibility. Its counterpart, the PILOT TYPE 20 EXTRA SPECIAL Special Edition, is powered by an automatic ZENITH Elite 679 calibre. Featuring elegant hues and ideal proportions, it naturally lends itself to the most stylish vintage variations while never losing sight of the spirit of adventure that forged its legend.

Like mechanical watches, Habanos cigars have a long cultural history and are a quintessential expression of lifestyle. Aged, full-bodied and with the classic Cohiba finish, the Maduro 5 is no exception to this rule. Contrary to what one might assume, Maduro is not a type of leaf, but a color shade achieved through an extra fermentation of the wrapper leaves harvested from the very top levels of the shade- grown tobacco plants and aged longer than usual for standard wrapper leaves. The wrapper leaves used for Cohiba’s Maduro 5 line are specially aged for five years. This well-aged wrapper yields the top-quality maduro color and flavor quality that makes the distinct tasting Maduro 5 cigars.

Shared Noble Bearing and Vintage Patina

This year, the partnership launched in 2016 between the iconic Swiss watchmaker and Cuban flagship cigar brand on the occasion of the latter’s 50th anniversary lights up again. What could be more natural than for two luxury cult brands to come together in a pair of timepieces distinguished by this shared noble bearing and vintage patina?