This new, special rendition of the Zenith Pilot Type 20 watch pays tribute to the blueprints of earliest Aeronefs, the earliest aircrafts conceived by the pioneers of flight, most notably Louis Blériot and his Type XI aircraft that he flew across the English Channel. As the preeminent watchmaker that accompanied the earliest aviators, Zenith sought to highlight their ingenuity in a surprising way with the Pilot Type 20 Blueprint.
When looking at a watch’s dial, one tends to pay attention to the colors, the finish, the shape of the hands and markers, the typography of the numerals, without giving much thought the precise calculations and design considerations that go into making it. And yet, each Zenith dial is meticulously thought out and developed, where no detail is left to chance. The designers at the Manufacture sought to highlight this “unseen” aspect of the dial, by incorporating its production plans directly onto it.
The uniquely styled dial of this watch features two parts: a matte blue base with all technical plans and notes used by the dial-maker, and above it a sapphire crystal and a sapphire crystal layer with the usual markers and logo. This creates a captivatingly deep visual effect, where the various markings cast a slight shadow on the blue base and give the impression that they’re hovering above the blueprint dial.
Limited to 250 pieces, the Pilot Type 20 Blueprint remains true to the legacy of Zenith’s ubiquitous Pilot watch. The oversized steel case, finished with a mix of polished and satin-brushed surfaces, features the signature oversized “onion” shaped crown that allows the time to be adjusted even while wearing flight gloves.
The side of the case features a screwed plaque bearing the unique limited edition number of the watch. Beating inside, the Elite 679 manufacture automatic movement provides a minimum autonomy of 50 hours.
In a nod to the earliest years of aviation, the blue calfskin leather strap recalls the classic shearling leather flight jacket, with rivets and a titanium pin buckle as well as a distinctive tab one would find on a vintage pilot’s helmet.
Model: Pilot Type 20 “Blueprint”
Frequency: 28’800VpH (4 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 50 hours
Hours and minutes in the centre
Central seconds hand
Material: stainless steel, brushed finish
Case-back engraved with Zenith flying instruments logo, Inspired by the legendary Zenith aviation watches
Double layered dial: 1 Blue dial + 1 Sapphire dial
Hour-markers: Arabic numerals in white varnish
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted coated with SuperLuminova SLN C1
Blue calfskin leather strap with rivets, Titanium pin buckle
Limited edition 250 pieces
Suggested retail price