El Primero 36'000 VpH - 38 mm Lady
Zenith is engaged in an enduring love story with women, revealed through its ability to remain attentive to their expectations and to design models combining horological expertise and aesthetic refinement. In the early 20th century, the ladies' watches made by the Manufacture were very much like genuine jewellery creations: ring watches, châtelaine watches worn on chains, medallion watches and pendant watches, enhanced with diamonds and other precious stones, enamels and pearls, and decorated in Art Nouveau or Art Deco style. A collection created in the 1910s caused a sensation: the case was cut from a semi-precious stone such as agate and tourmaline, or crafted in mother-of-pearl. Above and beyond the attention devoted to the decoration of these models, they also testify to the complete mastery of movement miniaturisation such as only a genuine Manufacture is able to achieve. Brand devotees include Countess Anna de Noailles, a poetess and friend of Proust and Cocteau, who wrote in 1912 regarding her Zenith timepiece: “…The delightful and salutary agate surrounds the most practical and pleasant little dial I know.” That is no mean compliment, especially coming from such an acknowledged arbiter of elegance and good taste. Admired by authors, politicians and scholars, Anna de Noailles was the first woman to be named Commander of the Legion of Honour and the first to be inducted into the Académie Royale de Belgique. At the peak of her fame, she was awarded the “Grand Prix” of literature by the Académie française.
and for beauty continues to inspire the Zenith master-watchmakers in creating watches dedicated to women, who are endowed with rich and complex personalities and can also take a passionate interest in fine mechanisms, techniques and performance. That is why Zenith has created the El Primero 36'000 VpH in a 38 mm-diameter version, an automatic chronograph equipped with the exclusive El Primero movement – the world's most accurate series-produced calibre beating at 36,000 vibrations per hour. This subtle collection features elegant lines, a steel or pink gold finish with or without gem-setting (the gemset version is adorned with 164 brilliants totalling 0.6 carats), and a midnight blue or anthracite dial bearing an tachometric scale – all housed within a 38 mm-diameter case perfectly suited to a feminine wrist.