I've been looking into Zenith's entries at the Grand prix de l'horlogerie de Genève 2019. Here's a summary with my thoughts. What are yours?
Men's complication: Double Tourbillion
It's a neat watch, but it seems to me like Zenith's entry is more of an entry level complication watch, a bit like Tag Heuer's tourbillon chronograph. I'd give the prize to Czapek or D.Candaux.
Iconic: A384 Revival
I love the A384. My heart tells me it should win. My brain tells me that Tag Heuer resurrected the caliber 11 in its new Monaco, so it has a better chance.
Chronometry: Defy Inventor
Without reserve, I think Zenith should take this category. The multi-tourbillons and constant force escapement models from other brands are beautiful, but not that groundbreaking. The Tag Isograph has a new hairspring, big deal. The Zenith oscillator potentially marks a new beginning for the industry, with the caveat of the niche status that mechanical chronometry is doomed to occupy.
Chronograph: El Primero 21 Carbon
Definitely a cool watch, but in my mind the separate spring and drive train for the El Primero 21 make it less complex or innovative than other entries. I'd hand this one to Bvlgari for its ultra thin, peripheral rotor movement and unique design.
Petite aiguille: Pilot Type 20 Silver
Rivets and plates are not my thing. I'd give it to Trilobe because I love disc-based time telling and the overall style, but that's personal choice and I'm not sure what the judges might do in this category.