KETTLE-HEAD

ZENITH - ELITE 'ULTRA THIN'

For instalment No.1 of the watch franchise to be known as 'Kettle-Head'*, let's start with something resonant to the prevailing watch zeitgeist. Post credit crunch, Zenith (click) are returning to the elegant and refined styles that they deliver best. Aside from significant watches such as The Striking Tenth (click) with accomplished, ultra-fast movements, Zenith's Elite collection encapsulates a new mood of low-ley slim watch style. The Elite Ultra Thin (click) that came out last year typifies this trend with its 40mm case that is only 7.6mm thin. The 18 carat rose gold version suits Roman numerals well, nodding to 1930's style your grandfather might have fancied. Meanwhile the seconds sub-dial at 9 o'clock lends the layout just enough instrumentation to remind viewer of its serious internal specification: an automatic Elite 681 calibre movement beating at 28'800 VPH. It looks smashing on, too, particularly with a thick navy chalk stripe Anderson&Sheppard suit, (that one often wears). One can dream. If I possessed one, and I had a Grandson, I still wouldn't leave it to the little sod. I'd be buried in it.

TS.

*Origin of name comes from rhyming slang 'kettle-on-the-hob, -fob' used to describe watches, see?