Accompanying a daring young professional sailing racing team, taking part in a legendary solo transatlantic crossing on the world’s biggest ocean-going trimaran with one of the best skippers on the planet: Zenith, official timekeeper for Spindrift racing to mark this new challenge with the ultimate sports watch: the El Primero Stratos Spindrift racing, which sports two different faces – one in rose gold and the other in DLC-coated stainless steel.
Since 2014, the Manufacture has been the official timekeeper of the Spindrift racing team, led by skippers Dona Bertarelli and YannGuichard. Over and above shared values, the partners’ respective approaches to challenges – whether on a workbench for one or on the ocean for another – are strictly identical. Be it implementing interdisciplinary synergies in targeting performance or developing innovative solutions for a solo race, designing ever more accurate movements or increasingly faster boats, using materials that make it possible to break free of constraints or withstand several tons of stress levels: here too, the objectives are extremely similar.
Designed to beat the most formidable crewed ocean records, maxi trimaran Spindrift 2 has already set ten records around the world since its launch, including the Trophée Jules Verne. On Sunday November 2nd, she will cross the start line of the Route du Rhum, the legendary solo transatlantic race that takes place every four years between Saint-Malo (mainland France) and Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe). Optimized in order to suit the program and the athletic objectives of the team, this ocean-going giant is the result of a daring challenge taken up by Donatella Bertarelli, businesswoman and accomplished athlete and YannGuichard, one of the best skippers in the world. Through this project, the two partners share a passion for a multi-faceted sport where performance depends on high-tech materials as well as on passionately dedicated men and women. Since the creation of the team in 2011, the team’s approach – controlled daring – remains unchanged. It has even been rewarded. Like Zenith, the Spindrift racing team follows its own star. “
In its capacity as official timekeeper for the Spindrift racing team, notably during the 2014 Route du Rhum, it was quite natural for Zenith to enrich its El Primero line with a timepiece equipped with a chronograph function in tribute to this exceptional human adventure.
The understated yet technical dial of the El PrimeroStratos Spindrift racing has two particularities. The first is the opening onto the escapement at 10 o’clock, making this watch the first Stratos to be equipped with this feature. The happy owner can thus admire the heart of his watch. The second characteristic lies on the inside face of the inner bezel ring bearing the inscription “Spindrift racing” at 12 o’clock.
It consists of the telemetric scale serving to calculate the distance of a visible and audible phenomenon. The inscription and the team logo engraved on the oscillating weight bring to mind the connection between this top of the range sports watch and the forthcoming sailing challenges both on Lake Léman and on the oceans around the globe.
The automatic El Primero 4061 is equipped with a lever and escape-wheel in silicon, an avant-garde material that has resolved problems relating to lubrication. Silicon is much harder and lighter than steel, which makes it both resistant to wear and tear and less energy intensive, due to its low friction coefficient. It is also non-magnetic.
Equipped with a column wheel, a sure token of high-quality calibres, this highly precise movement is fitted inside a case equipped with a rotating bezel and available in two different two-tone options – rose gold and DLC titanium, enhanced with a black dial – or completely black – the DLC variation with a carbon fibre dial. These two resolutely masculine versions are coated in DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon), giving the watch its spectacular matt black colour as well as considerable hardness and resistance to scratches.
The flexibility of the strap stems from its design: a rubber core into which a thick, structured fibre fabric is inserted. The result: robustness, comfort and a firm hold suited to all situations and particularly sailing sports.
Automatic El Primero
Calibre 4061: 13¼ ‘’’ (diameter: 30 mm)
Thickness: 6.60 mm
Frequency: 36,000 vph (5 Hz)
Power reserve: 50 hours minimum
Finishes: oscillating weight decorated with Côtes de Genève and bearing the inscriptions “Zenith El Primero” on one side and “for Spindrift racing” on the other
Central hours and minutes
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
– 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock
– 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock
Central chronograph seconds hand
Telemetric scale on the inside of the bezel
Case, Dial and Hands
Material: 18-carat rose gold case with titanium DLC pushers, crown, end links and case-back or stainless steel with DLC coating
Diameter: 45 mm
Opening diameter: 35 mm
Thickness: 14.10 mm
Glass: cambered sapphire crystal glareproofed on both sides
Caseback: transparent sapphire crystal
Water-resistance: 10 ATM
Dial: black or carbon fibre
Hour-markers: gold- or black nickel-plated enhanced with black Superluminova, facetted
Hands: gold- or black nickel-plated with black
86.2060.4061/21.R573: 18ct rose gold and titanium case. Black fabric-clad black rubber strap and triple-blade folding clasp in black PVD-coated steel.
75.2060.4061/21.R573: DLC-coated steel case. Black fabric-clad rubber strap with triple-blade folding clasp in black PVD-coated steel.