Zenith Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback

Presented at SIHH 2018 and available in a choice of bronze or aged stainless steel and with a range of stylish modifications, this new pilot chronograph watch pays tribute to Zenith’s iconic PILOT CRONOMETRO TIPO CP-2, the famous 1960s Cairelli model.

In 2016, Zenith presented its tribute to one of the most coveted military pieces, the HERITAGE CRONOMETRO TIPO CP-2, affectionately referred to by collectors as the ‘Cairelli’ watch. It belongs to the exclusive lineage of legendary chronographs that have earned the status of exceptional timepieces in both military and watchmaking history and is one of the historical treasures of the Manufacture in Le Locle.

The original piece, a military chronograph created throughout a decade from the mid-1960s on, was commissioned by the Italian Army through the Italian dealership A. Cairelli in Rome. ‘CP’ stands for cronometro di polso (wrist chronometer). In recent years, the 2,500 units produced by Zenith in the 1960s for the Italian armed forces have fetched sky-high prices on the vintage market.

Now equipped with a cutting-edge automatic El Primero column-wheel chronograph with flyback function, this latest revival of the famous Cairelli model from the 60’s is designed for intrepid adventurers, both male and female.

Offering a choice of a bronze or aged stainless steel case, the 2018 Pilot TIPO CP-2 FLYBACK exudes all its intrepid DNA and demanding technical specifications in terms of reliability, indications, readability, and robustness in every situation of its iconic predecessors, while subtly morphing into a highly desirable fashion accessory.

Despite its undeniable appeal to fashion-conscious modern watch lovers, nothing is missing from the impressive range of assets offered by this historic chronograph: hands designed to ensure perfect readability even in tough conditions; bezel enabling reliable and accurate handling; easily accessible and responsive pushers… These signature characteristics testify to impeccable compliance with the drastic set of technical specifications imposed by the military.

Transcending time, the 2018 PILOTCRONOMETRO TIPO CP-2 FLYBACK features the imposing 43mm stature of its illustrious predecessor, along with a high-precision movement, faceted arrow-shaped hands, Arabic numerals and trademark TIPO CP-2 dial with running seconds and minute counters at 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock respectively.

In 2018, however, in keeping with current trends, the troops have been issued with new kit and the retro good looks of the 2018 PILOT CRONOMETRO TIPO CP-2 FLYBACK come in two forms of dress. The first, echoing its aviation antecedents, is turned out in bronze with a matching bronze grained dial and brown oily nubuck leather strap with protective rubber lining. The second, in aged stainless steel, is designed to appeal to those with an affinity for the world of motorbikes, and sports a sober slate grey grained dial and green oily leather strap with protective rubber lining. Both straps are finished with a titanium pin buckle for total security, while the case backs are with a transparent sapphire crystal enabling the owner to have a look at the beautiful El Primero mechanism.

Powered by the famous Zenith El Primero, the 2018 Pilot TIPO CP-2 FLYBACK is endowed with the ruggedly reliable El Primero 405B version of the movement, beating to the rhythm of 36,000 vibrations per hour, and bringing the convenience of automatic winding with a 50-hour power reserve.

Technical details
Model: PILOT CRONOMETRO TIPO CP-2 FLYBACK

Movement
El Primero 405B, Automatic
Automatic El primero column-wheel chronograph with flyback function
Calibre: 13¼“` (Diameter: 30 mm)
Thickness: 6.6 mm
Components: 254
Jewels: 31
Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 50 hours
Oscillating weight with “Côtes de Genève” motif

Functions
Hours and minutes in the centre
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
Flyback Chronograph:
– Central chronograph hand
– 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock

Versions
Bronze Version, Reference: 29.2240.405/18.C801

Case
Bronze case
Diameter: 43 mm
Opening diameter: 32.5 mm
Thickness: 12.85 mm
Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
Case back: Transparent sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 10 ATM

Dial
Bronze grained
Hour markers: Arabic numerals in Super-LumiNova®
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova®

Strap
Brown oily nubuck leather strap with protective rubber lining
Titanium pin buckle

Stainless Steel Version, Reference: 11.2240.405/21.C773

Case
Aged stainless case
Diameter: 43 mm
Opening diameter: 32.5 mm
Thickness: 12.85 mm
Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
Case back: Transparent sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 10 ATM

Dial
Slate grey grained
Hour markers: Arabic numerals in Super-LumiNova®
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova®

Strap
Green oily nubuck leather strap with protective rubber lining
Titanium pin buckle

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