Zenith Watches Unveils a New Pilot Watch

Lindsay Judge   |   21-10-2020

Based on the image of original blueprints of Aeronefs; some of the earliest aircraft, the new Pilot Type 20 Blueprint by Zenith sparks curiosity and fascination about the manufacture of the watch.


This watch was inspired by the blueprints, typical of production and engineering plans in the mid-19th and early 20th centuries, to highlight the true details of the timepiece.


The designers at the Manufacture sought to highlight this “unseen” aspect of the dial, by incorporating its production plans directly onto it. The dial is created in 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.



The Pilot Type 20 Blueprint remains true to the legacy of Zenith’s iconic Pilot watch. Powered by the Elite manufacture automatic movement, it has an oversized steel case, finished with a mix of polished and satin-brushed surfaces, featuring the signature oversized “onion” shaped crown. The side of the case features a screwed plaque bearing the unique limited edition number of the watch which is limited to 250 pieces.



The blue calfskin leather strap is inspired by 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.