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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.

Key dates

Grand prize at the Paris World Fair. 

Zenith: on-board counters

1910 to 1960

Design of on-board counters on means of transport: planes, automobiles, trucks, locomotives, etc.

The Manufacture takes the name ZENITH in reference to the highest point in the sun’s course.

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

40th anniversary of El Primero.

Launch of El Primero Striking 10th which displays tenths of a second.

The Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix awards its “Best Complicated Watch” prize to the Academy Christophe Colomb Equation du Temps.

Zenith renews ties with the aviation world and enriches the Pilot collection with three new models (Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20, Pilot Big Date Special and Pilot Doublematic).