Aesthetics And Performance Experience Of Fine Watchmaking Baselworld 2016 Zenith New Products Summary

At the BASELWORLD event, Zenith has given us too many surprises, not only maintaining the consistent strength of fine watchmaking, but also bringing everyone a new aesthetic experience in the design of watches, or Simple literature and art, or heroic, or exquisite elegance … surprises again and again.
   Pilot watch series new member HERITAGE PILOT CAFÉ RACER watch, expressive creativity, resolute style, showing retro feelings. The high-performance ‘engine’ underneath the main body-the El Primero 4069 automatic chronograph movement is constantly vibrating. Known as the ‘Coffee Knight’, this chronograph watch evokes memories of these riding tools and their strong personality of high speed, originality, and freedom.

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Moonphase watch
   At this year’s Baselworld, Zenith’s latest Elite Lady Moonphase watch has attracted a lot of attention in ladies’ watches. Low-key style, smooth lines, exquisite craftsmanship, simple design, slightly modern colors and neutral beauty. A variety of different materials give more choices to elegant ladies.

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   It has been a long tradition of watchmaking that closely linked the name and expertise of the watch to the antique car industry. In 2016, with the help of many partners, Zenith met with thousands of antique car fans in more than 50 events. The El Primero 36’000 VpH Classic Car watch pays tribute to the world of glorious antique cars, embodying the precision, reliability and durability of timeless and elegant flowing lines.

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Tourbillon Georges Favre-Jacot watch
   This year’s BASELWORLD, Zenith uses the Academy Tourbillon Georges Favre-Jacot watch to reflect the brand’s watchmaking strength. The powerful appearance and innovative materials highlight the unprecedented movement-El Primero 4805, combining two of the watchmaker’s most iconic complications: tourbillon and sesame. This limited edition is only 150 pieces.

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Stubborn Competition? Tudor And Breitling Have Achieved Mutual Benefit

In the blink of an eye, another Baselworld exhibition was concluded, and industry observers began to predict the future, and the cooperation between Tudor and Breitling can be described as tightly coupled and well-connected.

Breitling 46mm Super Marine Culture II and Tudor Kai Cheng Biwan Chronograph

   As soon as the Basel International Watch and Jewellery Show was unveiled on March 22, the real shot pictures of the Tudor Kai Cheng Biwan chronograph watch swept Instagram and blocked other new products in the corner that was not noticed. The ‘snowflake’ hands, screw-in buttons, rivet bracelet, and date window at 6 o’clock, the retro design has caused a lot of discussion, this combination is not always in line with purist appetite. However, what is even more surprising is that the movement is not mentioned in these real shot reports. Someone may ask, why do we have to mention the movement? Because for the past two years, Tudor has been producing its own movements and assembling the brand’s flagship models. We know that the new Kai Cheng Biwan chronograph watch is equipped with MT5813 movement, but this movement is not made by Tudor independently, but imported from Breitling.

Breitling-made MT5613 movement in Tudor Kai Cheng Biwan Chronograph

Tudor Kai Cheng Biwan Chronograph Stainless Steel Bracelet

   MT5813’s template is the famous B01 chronograph movement. B01 is Breitling’s first completely autonomous movement, which demonstrates the brand’s efforts for product upgrades and confirms the brand’s independent status of independent watchmaking. Breitling provided Tudor with not a simple copy of the original movement. In addition to Tudor’s unique retouch, Breitling also improved the cumulative timer and adopted a silicon hairspring to improve the speed control mechanism. In terms of performance, the MT5813 movement is certified by the COSC Swiss Precision Timepiece Testing Center. It can provide a power reserve of up to 70 hours by winding the two-way oscillating weight.

Breitling 42mm Super Marine Culture II

Breitling 46mm Super Marine Culture II

Quality in the name of affordable
   Benefiting from this partnership, this chronograph watch provided by Tudor now has a date display function, is water-resistant to 200 meters, and sells for only 4,800 Swiss francs, which is very competitive. As the so-called ‘Take me for Magnolia, report to Qiong Yao’, Tudor returns to Tao Li, Breitling can now introduce the B20 movement (a variant of the Tudor MT5612 movement), and use it to assemble the new 42mm and 46mm Super Ocean Culture II Watches. Breitling CEO Jean-Paul Girardin commented, ‘This is a positive move to enhance the Breitling brand image. In addition, we can provide watches with home-made movements at very attractive prices.’ In fact, this piggyback ‘ The entry-level movement series is priced at around CHF 3,900.

Breitling can now introduce the B20 movement (a variant of the Tudor MT5612 movement) and use it to assemble new 42mm and 46mm Super Marine Culture II watches

Tudor Kai Cheng Biwan Chronograph Dark Brown Belt

   It has been many years since the two major brands in the watchmaking industry communicated with each other. This time the chip is a chronograph movement equipped with a three-hand and date display. Both will benefit from the superior and proven movement. Without having to repeatedly invest millions of Swiss francs in vain. Not far away, we can still see Zenith movements in Rolex watches and Jaeger-LeCoultre movements in Audemars Piguet, not to mention TAG Heuer, Dubois Depraz, Breitling and Hamilton-Büren Also established a joint venture to develop reliable automatic chronograph movements. Expecting superior quality, but unwilling to pay high costs, Tudor and Breitling gave a wise answer through the ‘alliance’. Compared to stubborn competition, choosing a win-win situation, Tudor and Breitling paved the way for other manufacturers. So, who will be next?