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Zenith Launches Black Ceramic El Primero Skeleton

Jason Pitsch

Zenith recently announced a new version of their 45 mm skeletonized El Primero Chronograph, similar to the version we showed you earlier this year, and the carbon fiber model that was launched in 2013 – except now the El Primero is presented in black ceramic case and with additional material cut-away. In particular, the subdials have been redesigned with just rings, allowing a view straight through to the movement. And, the sundial hands have been changed from baton style to syringe hands. The 5Hz automatic caliber 400B still powers the watch, offering a 50-hour power reserve and 1/10th of a second chronograph accuracy. With skeleton watches designers can easily get carried away, resulting in a watch that has so much of the component material removed it becomes gaudy. In this case, I think Zenith has done an excellent job with

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Zenith El Primero Winsor Annual Calendar Boutique Edition with new fume dial Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

Featuring an annual calendar complication, a chronograph, and a fume dial – the El Primero Winsor Annual Calendar Boutique Edition makes Zenith’s often forgot about annual calendar chronograph worth remembering. Specifically, the new brown-gold fume dial – contrasted by rhodium-plated applied Arabic hour numerals and rhodium-plated hour, minute, and second hands – transforms the watch into quite the stunner. Apart from the dial, this El Primero Annual Calendar is the same as previous models, with a 42 mm x 13.85 mm polished stainless steel case, an exhibition caseback, and powered by automatic caliber 4054. Running at 5Hz, the 30 mm x 8.3 mm El Primero movement consists of 29 jewels and 341 total components, and has a 50-hour power reserve. The annual calendar function, also called a “complete calendar” keeps the date set with only one adjustment needed per year

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Zenith Heritage Cronometro Tipo CP-2

Jason Pitsch

This week Zenith launched a vintage re-edition called the Heritage Cronometro Tipo CP-2 – based on the 1960s Cairelli chronograph. The original Cairelli timepiece was sold by Roman retailer A. Cairelli, who supplied these particular watches to the Italian Air Force. The dial read “A. CAIRELLI, ROMA” and the solid caseback was engraved with AMI and CP. Aesthetically, not a lot has changed from the original 1960s model. The retailer name at 6 o’clock now reads “AUTOMATIC.” And the Zenith star is now applied instead of printed at 12 o’clock. Zenith 1960s Cairelli chronograph Ref. AMI, Photo Credit: Hodinkee The case is slightly bigger at 43 mm x 12.85 mm, compared to the original which is 42.5 mm x 12.5 mm. And a sapphire crystal is used now instead of a plexiglass. However, like the original, the back is made

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Zenith El Primero Range Rover Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

Last Thursday, Zenith announced a special edition co-branded timepiece with Range Rover, available in two versions, one with a beige strap and the other with a dark blue strap, which we reported on here. And this past Monday, Jean-Claude Biver, (who is the Head of LVMH’s watch division, the interim-CEO of TAG Heuer, and an LVMH board member), travelled from Switzerland, along with Land Rover head of design, Gerry McGovern, to officially launch the new timepiece to New York press. As part of the event, which took place at the New York Edition Hotel, artist, Carlito Dalceggio, painted a number of Range Rover body parts that had been flown in from the London. Gerry McGovern and Jean-Claude Biver unveiling the new El Primero Range Rover Special Edition During the unveiling, Biver and McGovern, made it clear that this is a

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Zenith El Primero Range Rover

Jason Pitsch

Yesterday, Swiss watch manufacturer Zenith and British car manufacturer Land Rover announced a long-term partnership commitment, beginning with a limited edition El Primero Chronograph that features design cues that pay homage to the iconic Range Rover. Why did Zenith and Land Rover form a brand partnership? First, the two company’s most famous product lines, respectively, the El Primero and Range Rover, were created the same year: 1969. Furthermore, three years after, according to Zenith, “explorer John Blashford-Snell crossed the Darién Gap – an inhospitable marshland and virgin forest area on the border between Colombia and Panama – at the wheel of an early Range Rover and with an El Primero chronograph on his wrist.” Second, both companies have a similar clientele, and therefore, they decided it was a good strategic investment, especially considering that automobiles and wristwatches are two products

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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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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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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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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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