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Zenith – Pilot Type 20 Skeleton

Zenith - Pilot Type 20 Skeleton

A real work of art to look at. The skeletonized movement and finely engraved details makes the Zenith Pilot Type 20 Skeleton watch even a beautiful masterpiece.

This watch is from these ones to admire, not specially to wear thanks to its enormous diameter of the case, which is 60mm ! Despite that fact, Pilot Type 20 Skeleton seems to be pretty light. The case is made of 18K white gold and sapphire with the hand engravings, just look at these beautifully treated lugs. The eye-catching thing and great design feature is the hand-engraved blue enamelled bezel. It takes about 200 hours of engraving and finishing until the watch is ready, according to Zenith. This skeletonisation has to make a really good impression, because it is fully revealed and when we combine it with the huge 60mm case, it is fantastic. But, there is a thing about this watch I actually don’t like, namely the legibility. The legibility has been harmed, when even the hour markers and hands have been skeletonised. I know that some might say it is good, because the movement can be visible even better, but for me the legibility is the key.

Zenith - Pilot Type 20 Skeleton

The mentioned movement before is the ‘legendary’ 5011 Calibre, known from the vintage pocket-watches. It has been skeletonised and now it looks modern. This movement is the mechanical mechanism with the manual winding. It consists of 123 parts and operates at 18,000 vph (2,5 Hz). The power reserve in this watch is about 48 hours, when fully wound. In terms of functions, Pilot Type 20 Skeleton watch is equipped with the hours, minutes at the centre, the power reserve indicator at 3 o’clock and small seconds at 9 o’clock. The front and the case back of this watch is covered with the sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. An attachment to the wearer’s wrist is the black alligator leather strap with rubber lining. The watch is limited to 5 pieces with the pricing : 200,000 CHF.

Zenith - Pilot Type 20 Skeleton

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