Zenith is an original, custom-machined watch case designed around a Swiss-made, self-winding mechanical movement. The goal was to create an elegant watch that was as much a piece of jewelry as it was a timepiece. The project included in equal measure open-ended, creative design problems and technical constraints of fixturing, machining and assembly.
The design concept was developed around the incredible beauty visible in the self-winding mechanism. The inherent technical aesthetic of the 700 year-old craft of watchmaking are so clearly visible - in the ruby bearings, the escapement tick-tocking back and forth, and the winding rotor on the back - that the choice to display the mechanism was an easy one. Using a brass ring with aluminum pin at high noon were gestures toward our original clocks - the sun and the moon. Using 12 facets to frame the overall shape of the watch ties time to the manufacturing that made it possible, showing the hours of the watch while referencing shape of a 12-sided wrench-head.