Today is the final of our posts on some of the bronze watches released so far this year. Again it is about more than one model, but they are variants of a core format that has worked successfully for the brand.
Meet Zenith’s new Pilot Type 20 Automatic and Pilot Type 20 Chronograph, both from what the brand call their ‘Adventure Collection’.
Both of these new pieces feature the now familiar bronze Pilot case. It is 45mm in diametre with a thickness of 14.2mm, and water resistant to 100m. Their dials are khaki green, with hands and Arabic numerals that are gold-plated, faceted, and coated with Super-LumiNova.
The Adventure Automatic it is time-only, with an additional centre seconds hand. The Adventure Chronograph has a central chronograph seconds hand, a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, and small seconds at 9 o’clock.
Behind the titanium case back engraved with the familiar Zenith flying instrument’s logo for the Automatic model is the in-house Calibre Elite 679, that beats at 28,800VPH and has a power reserve of 50 hours. For the Chronograph, it is the automatic El Primero 4069 column wheel chronograph movement, which beats at 36,000VPH and has a power reserve of fifty hours.
Both of these new models come with two straps, a relatively recent practice by some brands that I personally like. For the ‘camo’ fans there is a camouflage-patterned alligator leather strap, and the second one is a khaki-coloured calfskin straps. Both of these have protective rubber lining and a titanium pin buckle; a quick-change system makes it is easy to swap back and forth as the mood strikes.
The Australian RRPs are $10,200 for time-only Automatic, and $11,300 for the Adventure Chronograph.
[Photos provided by Zenith Australia]