Just launched at Baselworld 2013, Zenith’s top of the line Pilot watch is the Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 Tourbillon. Based on the El Primero movement, this has a flying tourbillon in between 11 and 12 o’clock.
The El Primero cal. 4035D contains a flying tourbillon added to the chronograph base movement, with an aperture on the dial to reveal the tourbillon carriage. Around the aperture for the tourbillon is the date indicator, which is a clever use of space.
However, the tourbillon carriage is relatively small, which was unavoidable since it was added subsequently to the El Primero, rather than being designed as a tourbillon movement.
Like the Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 Annual Calendar, this tourbillon is a bit too cluttered to be true to the spirit of a pilot’s watch.
That being said this watch compares well with the competition. It retails for CHF65,000 inclusive of 8% Swiss VAT, which is equivalent to USD69,800. Similar watches from comparable brands, in terms of quality, tend to cost more, sometimes much more.
|The relief case back shows Louis Bleriot’s English Channel-crossing aircraft|
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