An Evening with Zodiac Watches
Regular readers of our blogs will be aware that, at Page and Cooper, we like to unearth details of the watches we sell that other retailers might miss, or not even care about. Let’s be honest, at Page and Cooper, we are a band of enthusiasts and it was thus with great pleasure that we welcomed the Zodiac Watch team from Switzerland to London to meet with our like-minded customers and the UK Press.
Zodiac wished to show and demonstrate not only their latest collection of watches but also their vintage archive which makes up an extensive Zodiac legacy. The brand has made extraordinary technical achievements and drawing on this history influences the current collection.
With most key members of the Zodiac team joining us in London, we were able to trace the development of a new watch from the initial design concept through development to final assembly. It’s important to mention here that although Zodiac is part of the much larger Fossil Group, it is still largely autonomous. It can, and does, however draw on considerable technical and material resources to manufacture fabulously intricate and detailed watches and straps/bracelets at a superb price point. As an example, just take a look at Zodiac’s amazing bracelets with their solid links and quick change facility. The company have thought long and hard about these products and produced really beautiful adjuncts to the watches themselves.
Also on hand was Patrick Frochaux, Head of Watch Assembly. He gave live insight and demonstrations into the construction and assembly of Zodiac watches. Particular attention was paid to Zodiac’s use of their own ‘in-house’ STP movements. Fully decorated and manufactured to such a high standard, that any movement in any Zodiac watch can be Chronometer certified (although actual Chronometer certification is reserved for Zodiac limited editions).
It was a privilege that Zodiac chose to launch a very special Limited Edition at Page and Cooper’s London event, the new Zodiac Olympos Military. This watch is a ‘what if’ version of some rare Zodiac prototypes that surfaced at auction in Japan. An original late 1960’s Olympos which bore the UK Broad Arrow and which we believe was supplied to the Royal Navy. The ‘Olympos Military’ by which name this watch is known is sure to be a future classic. Perfect 40mm curved dial and hands and of course COSC certified as a true Zodiac Limited Edition.
At a very accessible price, these watches will sell out fast!!! Once the room was full we took the opportunity to engage in a fascination conversation with Chris Moreau, Head of Product Development for Zodiac watches in Switzerland.
You can browse the Zodiac Watches brand here.