Zenith and Habanos enter a new phase in their partnership with a special pair of Elite Moonphase Models inspired by Romeo Y Julieta Cigars.

Zenith CEO Julien Tornare and Habanos VP of Development Jose María López welcomed guests to discover the latest collaboration between the watch Manufacture and the Habanos´ Company. After the Cohiba and Trinidad cigar brands, Zenith and Habanos break new ground in their partnership with two firsts: a Romeo Y Julieta watch collaboration, and the first special edition of the redesigned Elite collection introduced this year at the inaugural edition of the LVMH Watch Week. For this opulent creation, Zenith sought to create a whimsical, romantic reinterpretation of its timeless Elite Moonphase.

“Zenith has the immense pleasure of returning to Havana with our dear friends at Habanos for a new chapter in our partnership, which is all about celebrating the finer pleasures in life. With Romeo y Julieta, we have conceived a special his and hers set of watches that highlight the timeless beauty of our Elite collection and the enduring appeal of Romeo y Julieta’s exquisite cigars, as well as Zenith’s commitment to creating inimitable ladies’ watches unique in their kind” said Julien Tornare, Zenith CEO.

As the tale goes, Romeo and Juliet lived out their romance under the veil of night, with the moon and stars as their only witnesses. This is portrayed in the Elite Moonphase Romeo y Julieta edition, where the double hemispherical moonphase complication is set against a deep yet radiant blue sunray-patterned dial with a gradient effect on the men’s “Romeo” version and a gradient red dial on the women’s “Julieta” version, embellished with the Romeo y Julieta logo. The uniquely executed moonphase display depicts the two lovers in an eternal chase across the night sky, with their faces as drawn in Romeo y Julieta cigar boxes meticulously laser-engraved onto each of the two silvery moons. Instead of a traditional arch-shaped opening on the dial to display the moonphase, Zenith opted for two round apertures to keep the sunray-pattern of the dial intact.

Crafted in a 40.5mm “Romeo” stainless steel case and a 36mm “Julieta” stainless steel case with 75 diamonds set into the bezel, these special Elite models are offered with alligator leather straps in colors matching the dial, while the colours of the lining are inversed. The Elite Moonphase Romeo y Julieta models will be limited to 145 units in commemoration of Romeo y Julieta´s cigar brand 145th anniversary.