On the Wrist:Zenith Heritage Pilot Extra Special Chronograph Men’s Replica

If you’ve been longing for something “extra special,” Zenith has you covered with a whole line of aviation-themed replica watches that includes the new-for-2017 Zenith Heritage Pilot Extra Special Chronograph Replica in bronze. It appears to have a lot going for it as well: bronze case, giant onion crown and pushers, huge luminescent numerals, and a trusty high-beat El Primero movement. Pricing is borderline tempting as well.

On the Wrist:Zenith Heritage Pilot Extra Special Chronograph Men's Replica

Zenith has been a bit all over the place lately, but something we all appreciated was its getting more creative with its pilot replica watches as well as bronze as a case material. Consequently, it was – we had hoped – only a matter of time before these came together in a Zenith replica watch in a way that made sense. At 45mm wide, the Zenith Heritage Pilot Extra Special Chronograph is big, but not as unrealistically and ridiculously so as, say, this bad boy from two years ago. For a chronograph, the case is a manageable 14.25mm thick, and it features a domed sapphire crystal with AR coating on both sides, sports a solid titanium case back with the Zenith flying instruments logo, and has two large pushers and a massive onion crown to go with the aviation theme, all crafted from bronze.

On the Wrist:Zenith Heritage Pilot Extra Special Chronograph Men's Replica

We have discussed pilot’s replica watches so many times that, at this point, we feel comfortable with simply saying that Zenith appears to have really nailed it with this latest piece – finally. The Super-LumiNova C1 Arabic numerals and the long and wide, gold-plated hands all enforce the aviation theme while a fun fact to bear in mind is that I recall Zenith to be the only replica watch brand to have trademarked the use of the word “Pilot” on its replica watch faces. We’ll ask Zenith whether that trademark is still in effect or not, but Zenith has for long been the only one allowed to designate something a pilot’s replica watch on its dial.

On a side note, this particular Zenith Heritage Pilot Extra Special Chronograph perpetuates what seems to be a recent trend in luxury replica watches and that is doubling up on names and other bragging rights. While there really isn’t much text on the dial, 2 out of 4 lines are dedicated to convincing us that this really is a “Montre d’Aeronef” or “Pilot” replica watch. We get it, Zenith.

On the Wrist:Zenith Captain Winsor Annual Calendar Replica

As a unique collaboration with the MIH (the Musée International d’Horlogerie), Zenith Men’s Replica introduces a great new member of their Captain family of replica watches. With a base in-house made El Primero Chronograph movement, Zenith and the MIH have developed a special new module that adds a very legible and practical annual calendar complication to the mix. In total you get the high-beat El Primero automatic movement, a 60 minute chronograph, and an annual calendar with the date, day, and month. All that and a lit Ludwig.

On the Wrist:Zenith Captain Winsor Annual Calendar Replica
Ludwig? Yea, you know Ludwig right? I of course mean Ludwig Oechslin, and by MIH I really him. He is the curator of the MIH and a friggin’ genius. One of his most interesting achievements was the creation of the “trilogy” set of astronomical Zenith Captain Winsor Annual Calendar Replica. Oechslin is unique because he didn’t start his life as a replica watch maker until he was about 30. Before that he was a mathematician. He is particularly good at engineering concepts requiring complex calculations. Admittedly, an annual calendar is not the type of thing that would blow his mind, but the Captain Winsor movement he design for Zenith is elegant and very practical.

Zenith calls the new movement their El Primero caliber 4054 automatic. Under the dial is a triple disc system that indicates the three pieces of information for the annual calendar. The result is easy information indicated in windows. The day and month are located next to each other at 3 o’clock while the date is placed at 6 o’clock. The rest of the items on the dial (aside from the time) are the subsidiary seconds dial (at 9 o’clock) and the minute counter for the chronograph. For legibility, Zenith makes the chronograph hands their own color – here blue. Well the blue dialed version doesn’t get this treatment unfortunately.

The movement is visible through a sapphire caseback window and has a power reserve of about 50 hours. Being an El Primero is operates at 5 hertz (36,000 bph). This means that it is theoretically more accurate and allows the column-wheel based chronograph to be accurate to 1/10 of a second. If you’ve been wanting an El Primero by need a bit more than just a chronograph in your life, this Captain Winsor might be a good choice.