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Zenith Launches Two Stunning New El Primero Chronos at Geneva

Zenith Launches Two Stunning New El Primero Chronos at Geneva


Zenith El Primero in two distinctive styles.


Zenith’s Executives Take Quick Action

Zenith’s new president Jean-Claude Biver is wasting no time in his assault on the extravagance watch world. At Geneva the brand uncovered two dazzling new forms of its legendary El Primero. The El Primero 36’000 VPH, evaluated at $8,600, and the Heritage 146, valued at $7,700. That puts them squarely in the bracket of the new Breitling for Bentley Supersports B55 chronograph, which costs $7,860. The 36’000 VPH at 42mm is certainly worth the cash. It features an “extreme” black ceramicized aluminum case, chiaroscuro three-counter dial available in black or silver, and a lively perforated elastic rally strap paying homage to the El Primero’s 1969 introduction and the ensuing utilization of its innovative second in notorious watches like the Rolex Daytona . The Heritage 146, at 38mm, is a more straightforward homage to the ’60s with a quite retro look thanks to its tropical dial available in earthy colored or blue.

Zenith’s Heritage with an earthy colored dial.

The El Primero

The dial of the 36’000 VPH (for Vibrations Per Hour) is set off by counters (subdials) in silver on the black form and black on the silver one. Both have black cases, punctuated by black glowing facetted hour-markers and hands enhanced with splendid red accents. The case houses Zenith’s famous high-recurrence section wheel El Primero 400B caliber chronograph development, beating at 5Hz and driving a 10th of-a-second display, central hours and minutes capacities, small seconds, chronograph and date, along with a 50 or more hour power save. The domed sapphire crystal, round push-pieces and knurled crown give the 42 mm piece an incredible presence. The sapphire crystal back of the 100m water-resistant case allows the development to be admired, and it comes on a perforated black elastic strap got by a titanium and black PVD-coated triple collapsing clasp.

Zenith Heritage with the blue dial is a pleasant touch to the timepiece.

The Heritage

The Heritage 146 is more unpretentious in nature, and achieves a genuinely immortal (ahem) look thanks to its classic styling. In fact it owes a great deal to the restricted version watch delivered with Hodinkee in 2016. It’s a chronograph with a central scope seconds hand and 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock. It also has a tachymetric scale, however without a date window which gives the dial smooth appearance. The El Primero Caliber 4069, a 254-part segment wheel chronograph development is twisted by an oscillating weight adorned with ” Côtes de Genève “. It runs an incredibly accurate 10th of-a-second display and boasting a 50 or more hour power reserve.

The vintage-style steel case is water-resistant to 50 meters and features a fluted crown with two round pushers. The screw-down sapphire crystal caseback has an anti-intelligent treatment on the two sides. It also features a perforated rally strap for a strongly racy feel. Mr. Biver is all in all correct to be hopeful about Zenith’s future with pieces like these. Peak’s future looks brilliant with this move.

The Zenith El Primero was presented at Geneva.

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