Watch designers sometimes seem to think we’re either obsessive-compulsive tourbillion snobs or General Pattons commanding tanks. The Zenith Grande Port-Royal Open Concept slips neatly into the middle ground with its versatility: a demurely sleek, modern rectangular watch that doesn’t forfeit Zenith’s Swiss heritage (the company has been making watches since 1865) for its durability and contemporary features. The titanium case, handsome with boxy angles, is brawny but rests lightly on the wrist. Its Kevlar and carbon-fiber band buckles comfortably—and still remains tough enough to hoist 250 kilos. But it’s in the face that the Port-Royal really shines. The power-reserve indicator, suggesting a minimalist’s sundial, tells you how much juice remains in the El Primero automatic movement, and the window into the watch’s engine flaunts its high-speed ticking (thirty-six thousand vibrations an hour). Add a translucent dial made from space-technology materials and numbers that appear to be floating, and the Port-Royal’s depth of character becomes undeniable.
Zenith Grande Port-Royal Open Concept
Dimensions: 36 x 51 mm
Height: 14.3 mm
Case: Black titanium
Band: Carbon fiber, three-part folding clasp