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Alchron now in watch

May 6, 2011

Zenith’s El Primero Stratos Flyback  is made of black Alchron, a high tech material used so far only in aeronautical industry

el primero startos flyback

Zenith has launched its El Primero Stratos Flyback, which is made of black Alchron, a high tech material that was specifically developed for the aeronautical industry and for automobile racing, the same is now being used in watch-making. Its magnetic permeability is 50 times lower than that of steel. This material is also especially resistant to corrosion and boasts of very impressive mechanical characteristics.

Before being integrated into the design of the El Primero Stratos, the Alchron was subjected to a battery of tests: its corrosion-resistance was tested in saline mists, tropical climates and artificial perspiration were simulated, and its impact-resistance was tested with a pendulum striker. It goes without saying that the true goal of these tests was to provide the high-precision El Primero caliber with the best high-strength alloy technology available. The watch implements the movement with 36’000 vibrations per hour. It has an automatic column-wheel chronograph with a power reserve indicator.

The watch is available with a steel case and black dial on a black alligator-leather and metal strap; with black Alchron case and black dial on a black alligator-leather strap; with two-tone black Alchron and pink-gold case and black dial on a black alligator-leather strap.

Available at Chennai: Helvetica, Spencer Plaza,T: 28490013, New Delhi: Johnson Watch Co. (C.P.,T: 41513121 – Johnson Watch Co. (South Ex.) T: 24642255, Mumbai: Times of Lord, Kemps Corner T: 23695254, Swiss Paradise Luxury Timepieces Borivali (W) T: 28980507, Mumbai-400092, Kolkata: The Prime, Luxury Watch Boutique, Forum Mall,T: 22837185

If Columbus wore a watch…

February 3, 2011

The rate of vibrations per second for Zenith Christophe Colomb is completely independent of its wearer’s movements


zenith christophe columbus

Christened in tribute to Christopher Columbus, Zenith Christophe Colomb relates to the very nature of this ultra-complex model which addresses one of the key issues that faced this adventurous seafarer and still haunts the contemporary watch industry to this day: how to achieve precision measurements with instruments that are subjected to constant motion that is detrimental to their accuracy.

The tourbillon was specifically designed to compensate for the effects of gravity on the precision of pocket watches, wristwatches move through constantly varying positions and thus required an entirely different approach. Given the well-known fact that keeping the regulating organ in a horizontal position generates the best possible amplitude of the balance and thus considerably enhances timing precision, Manufacture ZENITH decided to ensure that the regulating organ and the escapement were indeed permanently kept in this position. The rate of vibrations per second for this watch is completely independent of its wearer’s movements.

The hand-wound 45-jewel, 36,000 VpH Academy 8804 manual winding movement with 50-hour power reserve, features a unique gyroscopic system ensuring perfect horizontal positioning of the regulating organ. This system consists in a cage composed of 166 parts, 10 conical-geared wheels (with 6 spherical wheels) and 6 ball bearings.

The 45 mm-diameter case comes in a choice of white, rose or yellow gold and is fitted with cambered glare proofed sapphire crystals on both sides, with the Gyroscopic system topped by its own sapphire crystal “dome”. The eminently readable silvered dial is adorned with a barleycorn guilloché motif. The off-centred hour and minute subdial appears at 12 o’clock opposite the gyroscopic cage, while the small seconds are displayed at 9 o’clock and the power reserve on a segment extending from 2 to 4 o’clock. The faceted hands are in blued steel, as are the applied numerals and hour-markers. The watch is secured to the rest with a crocodile leather strap and fastened by an 18-carat gold triple folding clasp. Price: On request

Available: Chennai: Helvetica, Spencer Plaza T: 28490013, New Delhi: Johnson Watch Co. (C.P.) T: 41513121 – Johnson Watch Co. (South Ex.) T: 24642255, Mumbai: Times of Lord, Kemps Corner Ph: 23695254, Swiss Paradise Luxury Timepieces Borivali (W) T: 28980507, Mumbai-400092 Kolkata: The Prime, Luxury Watch Boutique, Forum Mall T: 22837185

For the high seas

October 8, 2010

Zenith’s Captain is a vintage timepiece


el primero captain


With its Dauphin-style hands and long indexes, in both cases fluted, Zenith’s  Captain harks back unmistakably to vintage timepieces. In homage to the original model, the Zenith El Primero Captain picks up both the spirit and the aestheticism again. A thoroughbred, the chronograph has two large push-pieces on the side. Just as it did fifty years ago, technical and chronometric achievement governed  the development of this collection. The new generation technically surpasses past ones by incorporating a high-performance COSC-certified movement, the legendary El Primero caliber designed in 1969. The movement, with Côtes de Genève decoration, is visible through  a sapphire case back. On the other face, the silver sunbursst dial is surmounted by gold-plated facetted rhodium hands and indexes. The date window is positioned at six o’clock. Three chronograph sub-dials are arranged in a V at the centre, on the lower part of the dial. The watch combines simplicity with a strong identity. It expresses both a very masculine retro elegance and highly technical complexity. Price: Rs. 384,000

Available at Chennai: Helvetica, Spencer Plaza, T: 28490013, New Delhi:  Johnson Watch Co. (C.P.),T: 41513121 – Johnson Watch Co. (South Ex.),T: 24642255, Mumbai: Times of Lord, Kemps Corner,T: 23695254

Slim Beauty

August 4, 2010

Zenith Elite 681 Ultra Thin stuns with its classic look

This extra slim (3.81mm) classically handsome model, called Elite 681 Ultra Thin from Zenith, features a new ultra-thin 40mm-diameter case with a self-winding calibre, beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour and ensures a 50-hour power reserve.

elite ultra thin

The case comes in a choice of 18-carat rose gold or stainless steel, while the sapphire crystal back provides a fascinating view of the movement with its tungsten oscillating weight adorned with a “Côtes de Genève” pattern.

The domed sapphire watch glass is glareproofed on both sides to enhance readability of the facetted hour-markers, sword-shaped hour and minutes hands as well as small seconds at 9 o’clock. This admirably restrained dial is available in silver, black, slate-grey sunray or white-lacquered versions, as well as three limited editions (brown sunray, silver sunray with diamond hour-markers and black sunray with diamond hour-markers).

Fitted with a rubber-lined black/brown alligator strap it is equipped with an 18-carat rose gold or stainless steel pin buckle. Price: Rs. 503,000

Available at Chennai: Helvetica, Spencer Plaza, T: 28490013, New Delhi:  Johnson Watch Co. (C.P.) T: 41513121 – Johnson Watch Co. (South Ex.) T: 24642255, Mumbai: Times of Lord, Kemps Corner, T: 23695254.

Watch World

May 31, 2010

Here are some of my articles in Watch World, May 2010 issue

Little Master

Intro: Though fairly young, 15 years to be precise, Roger Dubuis has to its credit over thirty complicated movements. Hiren Kumar Bose

The Zenith Of Adventure

Intro: Though he set out solo in a balloon to the North Pole, physician-explorer Jean-Louis Etienne had the company of Zenith El Primero Striking 10TH chronograph. Hiren Kumar Bose

The Transformers

Intro: Montblanc’s Metamorphosis transforms the rules of  watchmaking by switching from a wristwatch to chronograph and vice versa within 15 seconds. Hiren Kumar Bose

Slice Of Time

The Independent Swiss Watchmakers’ Fair, which set ticking in Geneva, to make Mumbai the next destination. Hiren Kumar Bose

Zenith’s Jumping Second Chrono

April 14, 2010

Briefly:  Zenith’s El Primero Jumping Seconds chronograph takes high-precision timing read-off to a whole new level

el primero foudroyante

With El Primero Foudroyante, Zenith introduces the first automatic integrated chronograph with 1/10th of a second display. The Jumping Seconds chronograph takes high-precision timing read-off to a whole new level.

It was in 1969 that Zenith first came out with the legendary El Primero movement which has proved to be a perpetual source of fascination. While all movement manufacturers were capable of producing automatic movements for classic watches, none ventured to develop such a system for a chronograph movement.

The El Primero Foudroyante has enhanced precision and readability through jumping seconds. The Jumping Seconds chronograph is distinguished by a chronograph hand completing its rotation in just 10 seconds and thereby considerably improving the 1/10th of a second read-off. Driven by the El Primero 4052 B automatic calibre, the new El Primero Jumping Seconds chronograph comes in a choice of 18-carat rose gold or stainless steel for its 42 mm case that is water-resistant to 100mts and is fitted with a transparent sapphire crystal on either side.

This elegantly sophisticated model is fitted with a choice of rubber-lined black or brown alligator leather strap, secured to the wrist by a pin buckle in stainless steel or 18-carat rose gold, or by a stainless steel bracelet with triple folding clasp. Price on request.

Available at Johnson Watch Co., New Delhi and The Helvetica, Chennai

Zenith’s Magic Letters

March 3, 2010

Briefly: Zenith’s Starissime Magic Letters is bespoke jewellery watch for Rs 34,49 lakhs

magic letters

Zenith’s Starissime Magic Letters is a haute jewellery watch and is unique as the letter on the dial’s face set in diamonds is a bespoke option. One can choose a letter one on the watch making it a one of a kind product that is personal and beautiful. Its diameter: (25.6 mm) and height (3.81 mm).The case is in 18-carat white gold set with 30 Wesselton diamonds. Hand-made gold dial with black Mother of Pearl. With power reserve over 50 hrs. the hours and minutes are in the centre. The small seconds-hand is at 9 o’clock, The 18-carat white gold simple buckle is stamped with the Zenith star on the cap and available in black galuchat strap.

Available on request. Price 34,49 lakhs.

Available at Johnson Watch Co. New Delhi and The Helvetica, Chennai