Zodiac has been all about exceeding expectations lately. As the top of the line brand for Fossil Group, it has been revitalized and returned to its mechanical and stylistic roots, but there’s still some residual struggle to gain the trust and consideration among more closed-minded enthusiast circles. Their newest limited-edition creations, however, should be enough to convince even the most skeptical holdouts that the brand is a genuine contender.
The three new additions to the vintage-styled Sea Wolf diver line, each inspired by a classic Sea Wolf reference from the ‘60s and early ‘70s, were designed in conjunction with Topper Jewelers and legendary rock drummer, Eric Singer, who’s provided the rhythmic backbone to bands like Alice Cooper and the current lineup of KISS. Singer is far from some halfhearted celebrity endorsement—he’s been a fan of the brand for some time now, even suggesting to Fossil’s brass that they should make vintage-styled divers way back in 2000. After Singer purchased a pre-owned watch and some Zodiacs for his personal collection through the jeweler, Topper chief Rob Caplan approached him to help create a handful of limited edition Topper exclusives for brands like Oris and Zodiac.
“The drummer is the timekeeper of the band,” stated Caplan. “Watches and drummers have in common the same need for endurance, stamina, and attention to detail.” Singer himself did much of the digging to select the historical Sea Wolf references Topper would emulate, noting that “research for these designs is so important, it’s almost like going to court and presenting your case to the judge.”