Zenith produces classic pilot watch in commercial 40mm case size

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Zenith came out of the shadow of its more noisy LVMH stablemates at Baselworld, with self-appointed CEO Jean-Claude Biver injecting fresh energy.

The headline-grabbing launch at the fair was the Defy El Primero 21, with its one hundredth of a second chronograph movement, but the most commercial piece is likely to be the Pilot Type 20 in 40mm, which is being promoted as a unisex timepiece.

The smaller case is made from steel that has been treated to make it look decades old, but a range of coloured dials and nubuck straps are thoroughly modern in hues of mustard, khaki, blue or burgundy.

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Zenith says that the 40mm size suits every wrist. “Its more democratic dimensions continue to house the same original attributes: an in-house movement, a broad fluted crown and large luminescent Arabic numerals swept over by finely crafted hands. The new Pilot hails from an all-conquering lineage,” Zenith says.

The watch uses the Zenith Elite 679 in-house movement to drive central hours, minutes and seconds hands, while delivering a 50-hour power reserve.

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