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Zenith El Primero 36'000 VpH Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

Launched at Baselworld 2016, and inspired by the Lightweight Striking 10th Chronograph, the new El Primero 36’000 VpH has a similar aesthetic, for considerably lower price. The El Primero 36’000 VpH features a stainless steel case instead of carbon fiber, and the movement is not as complicated as the lightweight striking 10th version, but the watch does feature the same sporty tri-color theme, an open-worked dial, and a high-beat El Primero Chronograph movement with 1/10th of a second accuracy. Measuring 45 mm in diameter, with sapphire crystals on both sides of the dial, this is a bold timepiece the flaunts its 5Hz mechanical engine. The dial is unique within the 36’000 VPH collection, thanks to its date disc that features stencil-type numeral with a bright red background at 6 o’clock. A partially skeletonized dial reveals the mechanics beneath, as well

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Josh Shanks

Zenith takes Indy for the first Brickyard Invitational

Josh Shanks

Last weekend, Zenith Watches, along with event sponsor SVRA took over the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) for a weekend of vintage car racing. Professional Watches was fortunate enough to get an invite to the festivities. The weekend began with a dinner and cocktail reception with Zenith. On Saturday, we headed to the track for a full day of festivities. When we arrived at the Zenith suite, we watched the first few circuit races and had lunch. Afterward, we took a tour of gasoline alley and the pits to get an idea of what cars we’d see on the circuit. I was shocked to see such a wide range of vehicles. From a vintage 1911 car driven at Indy, a vintage 1988 Oldsmobile Skoal NASCAR, a 1960s Indycar, and all the way up to modern muscle cars. The SVRA was well

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Jason Pitsch

Baselworld 2016: Heritage Pilot Cafe Racer

Jason Pitsch

This week at Baselworld, Zenith debuted the Heritage Pilot Café Racer, a watch inspired by the “Café Racer” bikers movement born in England in the 1920s. Distinguished by beige lume on large black ruthenium-plated and facetted hour and minutes hands, as well as on the Arabic hour numerals, the slate-grey grained dial creates an excellent juxtaposition of surfaces, resulting in a bold easy to read timepiece. The dial also features a printed minute/second track in white, with orange accents, and dual registers, one for the small seconds, and the other to count chronograph minutes. Further enhancing the retro design of the timepiece is the aged stainless steel case (measuring 45 mm x 14.25 mm), with large flat ribbed pushers and crown, designed to evoke the details from a Cafe Racer bike. This is a chronograph from Zenith, and so, naturally,

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Jason Pitsch

Photo Report: Zenith + Sportscar Vintage Racing Association

Jason Pitsch

Last week Zenith watches hosted an event at the Classic Car Club Manhattan to celebrate the launch of a partnership with the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA). In attendance were Zenith’s CEO Aldo Magada and SVRA’s CEO Tony Parella, who hosted a cocktail party, and unveiled El Primero Chronomaster 1969 SVRA Limited Edition, that incorporates the SVRA logo on the dial. During the night, guests mingled amongst some of the Classic Car Club Manhattan’s exclusive fleet of sports cars, with One World Trade Center visible through the glass garage doors – as the backdrop.

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El Primero Chronomaster 1969 Tribute To The Rolling Stones

At Baselworld this year, Zenith introduced a limited edition El Primero Chronomaster timepiece as a tribute to the Rolling Stones. Measuring 45 mm in diameter by 14.05 mm thick, the black DLC-coated titanium case features flat chronograph pushers and uniquely hollowed out lugs, similar to the El Primero Lightweight. The bezel and lug edges are polished while the rest of the case is satin brushed. A domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides protects the dial. Matching the case is a matte black dial adorned with black ruthenium-plated applied, facetted hours markers that have been coated with black luminous material. The wide hands are also black ruthenium-plated with black luminous material. In between 9 and 11 o’clock on the dial is an opening the reveals the balance wheel and bridge, along with the small seconds display. At 3

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Zenith El Primero Chronograph Classic

Launched at Baselworld 2015, the El Primero Chronograph Classic is a brand new model for Zenith. The aesthetic is similar to the new Elite 6150 that debuted alongside it in Basel, however, they are being marketed as two separate collections. Nevertheless, the Chronograph Classic comes in a similar 42 mm diameter by 11.80 mm thick case, with a fixed bezel, highly curved bezel. There are two models: stainless steel or rose gold. Both versions comes with a domed, sunburst silver-toned dial. And like the Elite 6150, the hour markers are engraved in the dial (even though they look applied). The indices alternate between double and single markers, and each is filled with rhodium plating (rose gold for the 18K model). The leaf-shaped hour and minute hands are rhodium plated (or rose gold) and facetted. The center chronograph hand is baton

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Introducing the Zenith Elite 6150

Jason Pitsch

This year at Baselworld, Zenith launched a new model called the Elite 6150 – powered by a new in-house movement. Zenith says that the “movement is the contemporary version of the famous Elite base movement developed in the early 1990s – an ultra-thin calibre that earned the title ‘Best Movement of the Year’ when presented at the Basel Fair in 1994.” The new caliber 6150 was enhanced with a 100-hour power reserve by way of an additional mainspring (twin barrels). It was also upsized to 30 mm in diameter to better fit modern sized watches. In this case, a 42 mm diameter watch. Thankfully, the caliber is only 3.92 mm thick, allowing for a case just 10 mm thick. Definitely not “ultra-thin” (even though Zenith thinks so) – but thin, nonetheless. The polished stainless steel case features a curved bezel

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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar tribute to Russell Westbrook

Earlier this year, Zenith announced a partnership with NBA superstar Russell Westbrook, who is a three-time NBA All-Star, and is arguably one of the best point guards in the league. Now, he is getting his own special edition watch. The Oklahoma City Thunder have made it to the playoffs five of the six seasons that he has been with the team since he was drafted as a rookie in 2008 (including making it to the NBA Finals in 2012 and advancing past the first round of the playoffs for the last 5 years). So naturally, there are a lot Westbrook and Thunder fans. And Zenith could have easily produced a 50 or 100 piece limited edition. However, they chose to make only 5 timepieces (the first of which was presented to Westbrook as a gift). The Pilot Type 20 Annual

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Introducing the Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback Rainbow

In 1997, Zenith produced a professional pilot chronograph designed to meet the needs set fourth by the French Ministry of Defence. Specifically, the watch needed to remain highly precise, regardless of the g-forces (up to 11 gs), as well as resisting variations in pressure, temperature, and magnetic fields. The result was the Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback Rainbow, made for the elite fighter pilots of the French Air Force. For 2014, Zenith has reissued a new version of the El Primero Stratos Flyback Rainbow. It is presented in a 45.5 x 14.10 mm stainless steel case with a rotating bezel with aluminum insert and a 0-60 scale. The flange is printed with a telemetric scale to calculate the speed of sound in air. The wearer can use it to calculate the distance between the observer (pilot) and a situation that

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Quick Look: Zenith Captain Elite Central Second

This is the Zenith Captain Elite Central Second. It is presented in a 40 mm by 8.15 mm steel case with a domed sapphire glass with anti-reflective treatment and a silver-toned sunray finish dial. The rose gold facetted hour and minute hands, and hour markers, contrast against the silver dial nicely. Seconds are indicated via a blue central hand. The date is shown at 6 o’clock. The Captain Elite is powered by Elite caliber 670, which beats at 4Hz, has automatic winding, a 50-hour power reserve, 27 jewels and 144 total components. The movement and oscillating weight with “Côtes de Genève” pattern are visible through the transparent caseback. Water-resitance is 50 meters. The Captain Elite Central Second is paired with a brown alligator leather strap with protective rubber lining and a steel pin buckle (optional folding clasp). The price is

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