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100.19 KM/H For Zenith Ambassador Alexandre Caizergues

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The ambassador of Zenith,Alexandre Caizergues has set a new world record in Namibia.He has raised the World Speed sailing record to 100.19 km/h.The previous record which is 95 km/h,set by Alain Thebault.Alexandre Caizergues has made it 5.19 km/h more,this is a brilliant performance.

Alexandre Caizergues,he is a gifted sportsman and one of the best kitesurfers of his generation.he wanted to beat the previous world speed sailing record set in September 2008,so he came to the bay of Luderitz, Namibia, with an ambitious goal.With over a year training,he finally reached his goal.he sailed at an average speed of 100.19 km/h over 500 meters.So many speed demons have been trying to cross The 100 km/h Legendary.But only Alexandre Caizergues can do this,he’s  the legend of this sport.

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Written by kevin

November 16, 2010 at 1:45 am

Zenith and Westime Launch New El Primero Striking Limited Edition

Zenith joined forces with Arctic explorer Jean-Louis Etienne to develop a watch suitable for extreme situations and taxing weather conditions. Clear skies prevailed in Southern California on the evening of October 7th, but giant outdoor glacier walls, snow-white decorations and a carved ice bar turned the Westime Beverly Hills boutique into a glacial setting ideal for the timepiece’s debut.

Westime President Greg Simonian welcomed guests, and Zenith CEO Jean-Frederic Dufour described his collaboration with Jean-Louis Etienne before introducing the explorer himself. The first man to reach the North Pole on foot alone, Jean-Louis Etienne recalled his most recent expedition for which the new watch was created–his solo flight over the North Pole in a hot air balloon. Founder of Westime John Simonian and President of Zenith USA Alain Huy were also in attendance to celebrate the occasion.

Guests enjoyed specialty “Avalanche” cocktails created for the night, as well as risotto snowballs, North Pole crab cakes and peppermint profiteroles while viewing a film of Jean-Louis Etienne’s flight and perusing a large selection of Zenith watches on exclusive display for the occasion. The event concluded with a drawing to award one guest with the prize of the night: a hot air balloon excursion.

El Primero Striking “Jean-Louis Etienne” is a 500-piece limited edition, and until mid-November it will be available only at Westime Beverly Hills and Westime Los Angeles. Here is the regular edition of the El Primero Striking, which was introduced earlier this year at Baselworld.


Written by kevin

October 25, 2010 at 1:47 am

Zenith Sponsors Felix Baumgartner Breaking Sound Barrier

Zenith is greatly pleased to announce its partnership agreement with Felix Baumgartner,the Austrian pilot,champion parachutist,and record-breaking BASE jumper.The brand will act as one of the major sponsors the pilot during a unique project, dubbed Red Bull Stratos.

Felix Baumgartner intends to jump out of a capsule suspended from a helium balloon in the stratosphere.The jump will be performed at an altitude of about 36.5km.It is remarkable that this altitude is four times higher than most passenger airplanes fly.

Felix Baumgartner wants to set four world records during this dangerous mission:

the highest manned flight on a balloon,
the highest leap,
the longest freefall,
the most exciting one – breaking the sound barrier with the human body for the first time in the history of mankind.

The pilot also intends to provide new research data for improved aerospace safety.It is remarkable that while performing his exploit,the Felix Baumgartner will be wearing a Zenith watch to become the first to break the sound barrier,and guarantee supreme reliability under extreme conditions,including extreme temperature,pressure,friction,speed,impacts,etc.At present moment,the team of Zenith watchmakers is working on the development of a model to be specially adapted to the jump.The watch will be named Zenith El Primero Stratos.

If the mission is successful, the Zenith watch will become the first to cross the sound barrier in direct contact with the outside environment.The extraordinary project is supported by Red Bull and a team of best scientists and specialists.After the capsule suspended from the balloon reaches the stratosphere,the courageous pilot will attempt a freefall within the first 37 seconds at speeds of about 1,100 km/h.He hopes to reach this amazing speed as air resistance in the stratosphere is much lower than at smaller altitudes.

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Written by kevin

October 15, 2010 at 2:33 am

Zenith Christophe Colomb

Limited Editions of 25 Pieces Each in White, Rose and Yellow Gold 

The decision to name this watch after Christopher Columbus 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.

However, this name is not merely a tribute to one of the greatest maritime adventurers of all time; it also points to a historical heritage, as Zenith produced a Lépine chronometer movement at the beginning of the 20th century whose escapement was already known as the “Echappement Colomb” (Columbus Escapement). 

This 20½‘’’ NVI chronometer was awarded three First Prizes by the Neuchâtel Observatory and an “Especially Good Class A Certificate” from the Kew Observatory, Teddington.

Maintaining Precision Against All Odds
A century or so after Christopher Colombus’ bold feats, maritime navigation was to be considerably improved by the development of a shipboard compass featuring a “Cardan suspension” on gimbals, a type of universal joint in a shaft that enables it to rotate when out of alignment. This system proved particularly useful in keeping the instrument so vital to survival at sea upright even when a ship was pitching and rolling on the waves. While 16th century mathematician Girolamo Cardano after whom the joint is named did not claim its invention, he described it in detail and apparently drew inspiration from a sedan chair made for the Emperor Charles V and featuring an ingenious system cancelling out the slope of the terrain so as to ensure that the sovereign’s chair would remain flat and stable even if a bearer were to stumble! 

Subsequently used to equip marine chronometers, this Cardan suspension system has now inspired the Manufacture Zenith movement design engineers in seeking to compensate for the effects of gravity on the precision of a wristwatch. While the tourbillon was specifically designed for this purpose in respect to vertically-carried 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. 


This was of course easier said than done however, especially when one considers the numerous challenges of keeping a wristwatch flat in various daily or sporting activities such as driving, golfing, or skippering a boat. Applying this to a movement beating at the exceptionally high rate of 10 vibrations per second further complicated matters, which does much to explain why a full five years of development have gone into presenting one of the major recent accomplishments in the watch industry. 

Even the numbers give an idea of the sheer complexity of the task, since this daring complication comprises 166 components, while a tourbillon has approximately 66. The result is the first wristworn timepiece in which the rate is completely independent of its wearers’ movements. 


A Noble Exterior to House a Prestigious Mechanism
The hand-wound 45-jewel, 36,000 vph caliber 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 glareproofed 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. Finally, this handsome model with its revolutionary interior is secured to the rest with a crocodile leather strap and fastened by an 18-carat gold triple folding clasp.

Written by kevin

October 15, 2010 at 2:21 am

Zenith Elite Captain

The case, in stainless steel or in 18kt rose gold, measures 40mm x 8mm. It has an AR-coated sapphire crystal, a sapphire display back and water resistance to 50 meters.

Movement is the automatic Zenith in-house caliber Elite 670 with 27 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 50 hours.

Written by kevin

July 29, 2010 at 1:07 pm