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Swiss watchmaker Zenith hits a high note

Zenith has pulled out all the stops for its interactive experience which includes 3D set-ups and displays of historical watches. Senior Zenith movement engineer Charles Vermot (left) defied his bosses' orders and hid plans, tools and parts of the El
Zenith has pulled out all the stops for its interactive experience which includes 3D set-ups and displays of historical watches. PHOTO: ZENITH
Zenith has pulled out all the stops for its interactive experience which includes 3D set-ups and displays of historical watches. Senior Zenith movement engineer Charles Vermot (left) defied his bosses' orders and hid plans, tools and parts of the El
Senior Zenith movement engineer Charles Vermot (above) defied his bosses' orders and hid plans, tools and parts of the El Primero in a secret attic in the mid-1970s.PHOTO: ZENITH

It has been 50 years since the Swiss watchmaker unveiled its El Primero movement, and its story is one of the highlights of an interactive exhibition in town

This year marks the 50th anniversary for many momentous events in history.

In 1969, half a million people descended on Max Yasgur's dairy farm in Bethel, New York, to get their fill of Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Joan Baez and other musicians as well as to celebrate peace and love at the first Woodstock Music Festival.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 30, 2019, with the headline 'Zenith hits a high point'. Print Edition | Subscribe