Zenith Heritage Star in praise of slenderness
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    A classic ladies’ watch harmoniously combining technical excellence and timeless distinction, the Heritage Collection welcomes a new model housed within a cushion-shaped case that is smaller than previously: the Heritage Star 33 mm. Available in rose gold or steel versions, this slim, feminine timepiece will delight the hearts of women who love fine mechanisms but are not prepared to sacrifice the innate elegance of glamour expressed in a refined and understated manner.

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    ZENITH WAS ONE OF THE FIRST BRANDS TO DEVOTE TIMEPIECES TO WOMEN

    Consistently in the vanguard of horological daring, Zenith has made its mark on horological history. In becoming the first ever full-fledged watch Manufacture right from the time of its founding in 1865, it acquired the means to give free rein to its creative aspirations. This approach has enabled it to enjoy complete independence in constantly inventing watchmaking wonders that it develops and produces entirely in-house. While the Manufacture has laid some of the major milestones in the measurement of time – witness the over 300 patents registered to date – it has also exercised a decisive influence on the destiny of ladies’ watches by writing some of the finest chapters in a history already stretching over more than a century. Zenith was indeed one of the first companies to devote timepieces specifically to women – from 19th century enamelled pocket watches through to complication wristwatches as well as pendant jewellery-watches.

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    LINES TRANSCENDING THE INALTERABLE BEAUTY OF A WATCHMAKING CLASSIC
    Embodying the subtle chemistry between technical excellence and eminently feminine seduction, the new Heritage Star 33 mm quickens the pulse of women with a taste for mechanical watchmaking expressed through glamorous interpretations tinged with classicism. The cushion-shaped retro chic rose gold or steel case is smaller than previously, and deploys its elegant lines in dainty 33 x 33 mm dimensions – as if to magnify the slim approach that determined the design of the watch. While measuring just 9.45 mm thick, it is powered by an exceptionally precise and reliable automatic movement: Elite Calibre 681. This 3.47 mm ultra-thin gem beats at a frequency of 4 Hz and has an over 50-hour power reserve. Its gear trains and its oscillating weight adorned with a Côtes de Genève motif are revealed through the sapphire case-back, while the inexorable onward course of time is displayed on the dial side. The exquisite silver-toned guilloché “flinqué-froissé” dial base is graced with classic blue or gold-toned Roman numerals punctuated by 12 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.1 cts). The rhodium-plated or gold-plated facetted hour and minute hands sweep over this composition crafted in accordance with the finest watchmaking traditions, while the small seconds hand spins around its own subdial at 9 o’clock. Water-resistant to 30 metres, the refined and understated Heritage Star 33 mm features a crown set with a cabochon-cut sapphire. It is complemented by a brown or grey alligator leather strap fitted with a pin buckle and embodies a fine example of what occurs when elegance and excellence meet and merge to form an inseparable whole.

    TECHNICAL DATA

    Heritage star 33 mm
    · Cushion-shaped case for ladies’ watches
    · ELITE CALIBRE 681: AUTOMATIC ULTRA-THIN WATCH
    · GUILLOCHÉ DIAL


    Movement
    Elite 681, automatic
    Calibre: 11 ½ ``` (Diameter: 25.6 mm)
    Thickness: 3.47 mm
    Components: 128
    Jewels: 27
    Frequency: 28,800 VpH – (4 Hz)
    Power-reserve: min. 50 hours
    Finishes: Oscillating weight with
    “Côtes de Genève” pattern

    Functions
    Hours and minutes in the centre
    Small seconds hand at 9 o’clock

    CASE, DIAL & HANDS
    Material: 18-carat rose gold or stainless steel
    Diameter: 33x33 mm
    Opening diameter: 28 mm
    Thickness: 9.45 mm
    Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective
    treatment on both sides
    Case-back: Transparent sapphire crystal
    Water-resistance: 3 ATM
    Dial: Silver-toned with guilloché “flinqué-froissé” effect
    Hour-markers: Blue Roman numerals
    Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted (with or without gold
    plating)

    REFERENCES
    18.1970.681/01.C725
    Rose gold case with silver-toned guilloché dial
    Brown alligator leather strap with protective rubber
    lining and rose gold pin buckle
    03.1970.681/01.C733
    Steel case with silver-toned guilloché dial
    Grey alligator leather strap with protective rubber
    lining and steel pin buckle

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    Re: Zenith Heritage Star in praise of slenderness

    Interesting - thanks, Ernie! That must be the first cushion shaped Zenith in a long time. I can remember the square/rectangular ones from the Nataf days or the tonneau shaped Class models from the nineties. But I would have to think back to the 1930s before I can remember something in that style.....

    Maybe they will bring out a gents' model too.

    Hartmut RIchter

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