The new Zenith Star Moonphase (refs. 16.1925.692/01.C725 & 22.1925.692/01.C725) collection arrives at international markets sporting a nicely executed cushion-shaped body, which is elegantly decorated with a number of finely cut diamonds of different shape and size. Being just 37 millimeters in width, the watch looks absolutely gorgeous in its simple, understated beauty.
Back in the early decades of the 20th century, the Swiss watchmaking house was known for its cushion-shaped watches. However, as time passed, the design was effectively dropped from their product range and replaced with more traditional circular-shaped cases.
Their recent collections, too, seemed to lack timekeepers of this shape. To my great joy, at the last Baselworld 2012 trade show, the brand has returned to its roots and introduced a gorgeous cushion-shaped model to its Star family of ladies watches.
Although the open-heart model doesn’t look especially interesting, the new Zenith Star Moonphase ladies watch gives you all the understated elegance that you may expect from a vintage-styled timekeeper produced by a brand of such a distinctive pedigree.
Although during the last couple years we have seen a great number of decisively oversized timekeepers that were designed for decisively emancipated ladies, this new Zenith Star Moonphase model comes in a moderately-sized body of only 37 millimeters in width. Sporting short lugs and being just over 10 millimeters thick, the watch will fit almost any wrist size.
The impressive thinness of the body comes courtesy of the razor-sharp Zenith Elite 962 automatic caliber that, despite its height of fewer than 4 millimeters, still manages to store enough energy to keep the watch going for more than 50 hours after being fully wound.
Reserved exclusively for their ladies watches, the movement sports a rare combination of functions with the moon-phase indicator not accompanied by the usual calendar.
Its ultra-thin bezel still leaves enough real estate for the watchmaker to decorate the polished body with 28 diamonds of different size that look especially great on the stainless steel case. Giving Zenith’s designers their due, I must admit that the version in 18-carat rose gold also looks elegant with its chocolate brown alligator leather strap and gold accents on the dial.
As far as I understand, the watch is based on their recent 16.2310.692/02.C706 model, but features more prominent Roman letters and is supplied with less boring-looking, leaf-shaped hour and minute hands. Still, the movement is the same.
The brand expects the watch to be sold at a minimum price of $9700 (that will depend on the part of the world you happen to live in,) but I am fairly sure that soon the timekeeper will be available at a more interesting price.
Zenith Star Moonphase (refs. 16.1925.692/01.C725 & 22.1925.692/01.C725) specification
Price: $9700 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, Caliber Elite 692, in-house, 25.6 mm x 3.97 mm, 195 parts, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 27
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 50 hours (guaranteed minimum)
Movement decoration: Skeletonized oscillating weight
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, moon phase
Case: Stainless steel (ref. 16.1925.692/01.C725) / Rose gold (ref. 22.1925.692/01.C725)
Bezel: Decorated with diamonds
Bezel shape: Round
Dimensions: 37.00 mm x 37.00 mm
Case height: 10.50 mm
Numerals: Roman, blue
Hour markers: None
Hands: Steel / Rose gold
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Black (steel) or brown (rose gold) alligator strap with deployant buckle; OR black caoutchouc band
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective on both sides