A tribute to the past while looking firmly to the future, the Espada line affirms Zenith’s avowed taste for cultivating extreme precision in the measurement of time.
While remaining loyal to its inspiration drawn from the 1970s models, the line is a resolutely contemporary version of the exceptional Zenith timepieces that made their mark on that era.
The full-set model adorned with more than 600 brilliant-cut diamonds along the dynamic lines of the case and on the bezel, dial and lugs, remain true to the Espada philosophy.
Founded in Le Locle in 1865 by a visionary watchmaker, Georges Favre-Jacot, the Manufacture Zenith earned swift recognition for the precision of its chronometers with which it has won 2,333 chronometry prizes in a century and a half of existence: an absolute record in terms of pocket watches, onboard timers and wristwatches.
Having earned fame thanks to its legendary El Primero calibre – an integrated automatic column-wheel chronograph movement launched in 1969 and endowed with a high frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour that ensures measurements accurate to the nearest 1/10th of a second – the Manufacture Zenith has since developed over 600 movement variations.
All Zenith watches are fitted with an in-house Zenith movement and are developed by the Manufacture in Le Locle. The latter currently stands at the exact spot where its founder built the first company workshop, thus physically embodying a continuity that is a rarity in itself.