New watch release, the unisex Zenith Elite Classic collection
Today we are introducing a new release, the Zenith Elite Classic collection. This year at the inaugural edition of the LVMH Watch Week in Dubai, Zenith introduced a wide variety of watches. One of their main focus was women’s watches, and we looked at the inaugural DEFY Midnight collection earlier this week here.
The overall collection is divided up into Elite Classic and Elite Moonphase.
In this article, we look at the newly revamped Elite Classic collection that has been designed for for both men and women. The Classic is one of the two pillars of Zenith’s Elite range of watches.
The first thing that strikes about the Zenith Elite Classic collection is the radiant sunburst pattern against the sleek and minimalistic design of these new watches. Once you have the watch on your wrist, every time you move your wrist, this sun-ray pattern bounces the light and creates a spectacle of highlights and shadows.
The dials are surprisingly three-dimensional as well. The faceted and polished hour markers are tapered and aide in the 3D look of the dial face.
While the DEFY Midnight collection was celestial inspired with its starry night themed dials, the Elite collection on the other hand is more of a traditional unisex dress watch that Zenith aspires to be the best in contemporary elegance.
The Classic range is split up into two sizes —36mm and 40.5mm, both sizes catering to men and women — and number of case and dial combinations that are listed below (in ascending price order) for your easy reference.
The Elite Classic Range
Elite Classic 40.5 blue-toned with sun-ray-pattern, reference 03.3100.670/02.C922 in stainless steel costing 5’900 CHF.
Elite Classic 36 blue-toned with sun-ray-pattern, reference 16.3200.670/02.C832 stainless steel with diamond-set bezel costing 7’900 CHF.
Elite Classic 40.5 silver toned with sun-ray-pattern, reference 18.3100.670/01.C920 in 18ct rose gold costing 12’900 CHF.
Elite Classic 36 silver toned with sun-ray-pattern, reference 22.3200.670/01.C831 in 18ct rose gold with diamond-set bezel costing 14’900 CHF.
The heart used in the Classic range — Elite 670 SK — is the same as the one in Zenith’s new DEFY Midnight collection. It is a self-winding automatic movement with stop second mechanism beating at the frequency of 4Hz (28’800 A/h) allowing for a decent 48 hour power reserve.
The watch face shows the functions of hours, minutes, central seconds, and date at 6’o clock . The hour markers and the sharp and slim “Dauphine” shaped hands are rhodium lated and faceted in the steel versions and gold plated and faceted in the gold versions. The bezel when not plain has 75 VS brilliant-cut diamonds (~0.60 cts).
The water resistance is an okay 50m (5 ATM) on all versions.
Watch Ya Gonna Do About It?
The Zenith Elite collection presents a good looking dress watch that can also transform into a utility watch (again with the no diamond bezel version). Given their 36mm and 40.5mm diameters, they will fit perfectly under the cuff for that boardroom meeting or are good even to be worn over the weekends.
Given that the watches are not limited edition, they are something that Zenith fans and watch enthusiasts can check out at leisure and decide if they are the right option for them.
For more information of these watches and other Zenith watches, head to their website here.