Zenith Elite Moonphase Romeo y Julieta Edition

After the Cohiba and Trinidad cigar brands, Zenith and Habanos break new ground in their partnership with two firsts: a Romeo Y Julieta watch collaboration, and the first special edition of the redesigned Elite collection introduced this year at the inaugural edition of the LVMH Watch Week. For this opulent creation, Zenith sought to create a whimsical, romantic reinterpretation of its timeless Elite Moonphase.

As the tale goes, Romeo and Juliet lived out their romance under the veil of night, with the moon and stars as their only witnesses. This is portrayed in the Elite Moonphase Romeo y Julieta edition, where the double hemispherical moonphase complication is set against a deep yet radiant blue sunray-patterned dial with a gradient effect on the men’s “Romeo” version and a gradient red dial on the women’s “Julieta” version, embellished with the Romeo y Julieta logo.

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The uniquely executed moonphase display depicts the two lovers in an eternal chase across the night sky, with their faces as drawn in Romeo y Julieta cigar boxes meticulously laser-engraved onto each of the two silvery moons. Instead of a traditional arch-shaped opening on the dial to display the moonphase, Zenith opted for two round apertures to keep the sunray-pattern of the dial intact.

Crafted in a 40.5mm “Romeo” stainless steel case and a 36mm “Julieta” stainless steel case with 75 diamonds set into the bezel, these special Elite models are paired with alligator leather straps in colors matching the dial, while the colours of the lining are inversed.

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The Elite Moonphase Romeo y Julieta will be made in a special box-set containing both models and limited to 145 pairs in commemoration of Romeo y Julieta´s cigar brand 145th anniversary.

Established in 1875 and celebrating its 145th anniversary this year, Romeo y Julieta is one of the most revered names in the world of Cuban cigars. Between 1885 and 1900, the brand won numerous awards at different tasting exhibitions, which the brand honours as medals on its logo. The brand garnered international acclaim under the ownership of Jose “Pepin” Rodriguez Fernandez at the start of the 20th century. Being a very cosmopolitan man, Rodriguez constantly travelled across Europe and the Americas to promote the Romeo y Julieta brand, with his racing horse Julieta taking part in prestigious races across the globe. Among the many avid devotees of Romeo y Julieta was Sir Winston Churchill, to whom the brand has named its flagship vitola in his honour.

The brand’s choice to name its cigars after Shakespeare’s tale of forbidden love stems from the excitement the cigar rollers felt while they listened the romantic story read by the cigar factory lector. The lector, a traditional and central role in the making of Habano cigars, is in charge of stimulating the cigar rollers by reading classical literature to them while they roll the several leaves that shape a fine Habano cigar. It is said that all the passion one finds in a Habano cigar comes from the passion that cigar rollers transmits to the Habano, inspired by the stories he hears from the cigar factory lector.

Technical details

Model: Elite Moonphase – 40.5MM – ROMEO
Reference: 03.3101.692/02.C861

Key points
Tribute to cigars Brand Romeo y Julieta 145th Anniversary
Automatic Elite calibre beating at 28,800 VpH
Special Moonphase indicator to be adjusted by the crown
Stop second mechanism.
Limited Edition of 145 units

Movement
Elite 692 manufacture, Automatic with Moonphase
Frequency: 28,800 VpH (4Hz)
Power-reserve: min. 48 hours

Functions
Hours and minutes in the centre
Central seconds hand
Special Moonphase featuring Romeo and Juliet

Case
Material: Stainless steel
Water-resistance: 5 ATM

Dial
Night blue gradient with solar pattern
Romeo and Juliet moonphase
Hour-markers: Rhodium-plated and faceted
Hands: Rhodium-plated and faceted

Bracelet
Night blue alligator leather with protective red alligator lining
Stainless Steel pin buckle

Model: Elite Moonphase – 36MM- JULIETA
Reference: 16.3201.692/04.C860

Key points
Tribute to cigars Brand Romeo y Julieta 145th Anniversary
Automatic Elite calibre beating at 28,800 VpH
Stop second mechanism
Special Moonphase indicator to be adjusted by the crown
Limited Edition of 145 units

Movement
Elite 692 manufacture, Automatic with Moonphase
Frequency: 28,800 VpH (4Hz)
Power-reserve: min. 48 hours

Functions
Hours and minutes in the centre
Central seconds hand
Special Moonphase featuring Romeo and Juliet

Case
Material: Stainless steelwith diamond-set bezel
Water-resistance: 5 ATM

Gemsetting
Carats 0.60 cts, Bezel 75 VS brilliant-cut diamonds

Dial
Red gradient dial with solar pattern
Romeo and Juliet moonphase
Hour-markers: Rhodium-plated and faceted
Hands: Rhodium-plated and faceted

Bracelet
Red alligator leather with protective blue alligator lining
Stainless steel pin buckle