The company which Georges Favre-Jacot set up in Le Locle in 1865 was one of the very first to bring the different professions of watchmaking together under one roof.
In 1911 the Manufacture took the name Zenith. A century of innovation was rewarded with 1,550 prizes and awards, and some 50 calibres which the brand sold through branches located around the world. Acquired by LVMH in 1999, Zenith has lost none of its original pioneering spirit, marked by global expansion, products that echo the timepieces that forged its renown, and ongoing innovation.
Grand prize at the Paris World Fair.
1910 to 1960
Design of on-board counters on means of transport: planes, automobiles, trucks, locomotives, etc.
The factory employs 2,000 people.
El Primero is born, the world’s most precise series-produced calibre, and the only one to beat 10 alternations per second.
ZENITH joins the LVMH group
Creation of the Open concept.
40th anniversary of El Primero.
Launch of El Primero Striking 10th which displays tenths of a second.