Flash News: Zenith Pilot Aeronef Type 20 Grand Feu Enamel
By Thierry Ané on March 25, 2014
The Pilot Aeronef Type 20 is an important model for aficionados of pilot’s watches: with its impressive 57.5 mm case, this model released in 2012 defined the new aesthetics of Zenith’s pilot line.
Initially introduced in titanium (250 pieces) and rose gold (75 pieces), the watch uses a new-old-stock manually-wound 5011 calibre, a pocket watch and marine chronometer movement that beats at 18,000 vph and dates back to the 1960s.
This huge model was intended to remain very confidential in terms of production given the obvious movement supply limitations. However, Zenith managed to produce a limited edition of 5 pieces for Zegg & Cerlati in black DLC titanium in 2012 and this year, the brand will officially unveil the Grand Feu Enamel model that will only count 10 pieces.
The new rendition uses the same mechanical movement as its predecessors and with a 60 mm case appears equally impressive! Crafted in white gold, it features beautiful hand-engraved decorations on the bezel, the lugs and on the iconic onion-shaped crown. What makes this new case so outstanding, however, is the presence of a sapphire case band that allows you to admire this historical movement in all its glory.
To complete the precious new look, this new version also features a splendid white Grand Feu enamel dial and skeletonised blue hands. This is one impressive rendition of the Pilot Aeronef Type 20 that will be difficult to find as collectors will probably compete to put their hands on this collectible beauty!
Have a look at the watch specifications page below for the technical description of this model and stay tuned for our post-Basel in-depth presentation with live pictures.