Westime recently unveiled the new Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Westime Edition in a limited run of 25 pieces. This unique aviator’s timepiece blends vintage styling with up to the minute watchmaking know-how from a brand that has a more than 150 year history of excellence in horology. Zenith’s International Sales Director, Nicolas Meda, shares what makes this very particular piece tick.
Share some of the unique complications and features of this watch. Nicolas Meda: It has a manufactured movement Elite 679, Automatic screwed-in crown with case-back engraved with Zenith flying instruments logo. It’s inspired by the legendary zenith aviation watches and has Arabic numerals entirely made of Superluminova.
What made you decide to utilize bronze—an unusual metal in watchmaking? NM: Bronze is authentic, vintage, and exclusive.
How long did this timepiece take to realize from first conception to release? NM: Nine months, like a baby.
Talk about Louis Bleriot, the legendary pilot who served as inspiration. NM: Competition was in full swing in the summer of 1909 to successfully fly across the English Channel, a challenge set by Britain’s Daily Mail. On July 25 Louis Blériot achieved a major first by flying across the Channel with his zenith on his wrist.
How did Zenith’s partnership with Westime influence this exclusive release? NM: We reserve limited-editions for key partners. Our longstanding relationship with Westime is based on a strong complicity and a respect for the forces of the other. In this sense, the limited-edition that we have developed together is the result of Zenith’s excellence in the manufacture of timepieces and the expertise of Westime to deliver an attractive and high-end offer to a demanding clientele.
What has been the reaction to the vintage styling? NM: Excellent. The mix of the blue dial with the bronze aged case make this watch extraordinary. On top of that, the second strap offered for the set, allows you to change the style of the watch per your wish.