Zenith El Primero Limited Edition Chronographs Designed By Phillips: El Primero A386 Revival – Steel and El Primero A386 Revival – Yellow Gold

Earlier this Fall, Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo announced the presentation of a unique Zenith El Primero Ref. 386 in platinum. The first of three models created in collaboration with Zenith, this pièce unique will be sold this weekend by Phillips during The Geneva Watch Auction X on November 9, with proceeds from the sale donated to the ZOE4LIFE foundation. Known as the “One-Off”, the watch will be the only Ref. A386 that Zenith will ever make in PT 950 platinum, and is the first of its kind to feature a breathtaking Lapis Lazuli dial.

Following the presentation of the “One-Off”, Zenith and Phillips decided to pursue their collaboration by sitting down again to create two more El Primero Ref. A386 chronographs, limited to 69 pieces in total, in honor of the birth year of the El Primero caliber. It was an honor for Phillips to be put into the designer’s seat, and work with a watchmaker that has on more than one occasion revolutionized the way watches are made.

Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo Presents Two Exclusive Zenith El Primero Limited Edition Chronographs Designed by Phillips: A Yellow Gold, Ref. A386, Limited to 20 Pieces & A Stainless Steel, Ref. A386, Limited to 49 Pieces
Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo Presents Two Exclusive Zenith El Primero Limited Edition Chronographs Designed by Phillips: A Yellow Gold, Ref. A386, Limited to 20 Pieces & A Stainless Steel, Ref. A386, Limited to 49 Pieces

Since they felt it was impossible to create watches that would fully encapsulate the El Primero’s rich and beautiful history, Aurel Bacs, Senior Consultant at Bacs & Russo and Alex Ghotbi, Head of Watches Continental Europe & Middle East for Phillips, decided instead to turn back the clock and imagine themselves in Le Locle, in 1969, in the shoes of the manufacturer’s designers.

Zenith El Primero Limited Edition Chronographs Designed By Phillips yellow gold

The world’s first automatic column-wheel high-frequency chronograph has just been developed and is about to be unveiled to the world. What would the design be? The result is an extraordinary yellow gold El Primero Ref. A386 with a stunning black dial with gold sub-registers and gold printing – a contrast that is beloved in the watch collecting community, and unlike anything previously made by Zenith.

For the stainless steel version, Phillips’ team was inspired by color schemes characteristic of fashionable textiles and popular interior design during the 60s. The iconic overlapping registers of the first ever Zenith El Primero Ref. A386 remain, but brown terracotta tones replace the grey, dark grey and blue of the original dial.

Zenith El Primero Limited Edition Chronographs Designed By Phillips steel

The launch, in Geneva, of the two limited edition Zenith El Primero Ref. A386 for Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo, marks the final stop of the El Primero 50th Anniversary World Tour celebrating the watchmaker’s revolutionary chronograph across five continents.

The watches will be offered individually to clients, the steel model will be offered on a leather strap and a ladder bracelet reminiscent of the bracelets made by Gay-Frères for Zenith back in the day. However, the winning bidder of the “One-Off” Zenith El Primero A386 in platinum will be given right of first refusal to the yellow gold and stainless steel limited editions, in order to have the opportunity to acquire all three models made for Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo, and completing a unique trilogy in three different case metals.

Technical details

Model: El Primero A386 Revival – Steel (Reference: 03.P386.400/07.C840)

Movement
El Primero 400, Automatic
Calibre: 13 ¼ “` (Diameter: 30 mm)
Movement thickness: 6.6.mm
Components: 278
Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power-reserve: min. 50 hours
Finishes: Oscillating weight with “Côtes de Genève”motif

Functions
Hours and minutes in the centre. Small seconds at 9 o’clock
Chronograph:
– Central chronograph hand
– 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock
– 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock
Tachymetric scale
Date indication at 4:30

Case
Diameter: 38 mm
Diameter opening: 33.05 mm
Thickness: 12.60 mm
Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
Case-back: Transparent sapphire crystal with PHILLIPS logo
Material: steel
Water-resistance: 5 ATM

Dial
Eggshell dial with 3 shades of brown colored counters. “Tropical” dial.
Hour-markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with beige Super-LumiNova SLN
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with beige Super-LumiNova SLN

Strap
Honey Calfskin leather strap with protective rubber lining.
Metal bracelet included (Revival of the original “Gay Frères” ladder bracelet). Steel pin buckle.

Model: El Primero A386 Revival – Yellow Gold (Reference: 30.P386.400/27.C841)

Movement
El Primero 400, Automatic
Calibre: 13 ¼ “` (Diameter: 30 mm)
Movement thickness: 6.6.mm
Components: 278
Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power-reserve: min. 50 hours
Finishes: Oscillating weight with “Côtes de Genève”. motif

Functions
Hours and minutes in the centre
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
Chronograph:
– Central chronograph hand
– 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock
– 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock
Tachymetric scale
Date indication at 4:30

Case
Diameter: 38 mm
Diameter opening: 33.05 mm
Thickness: 12.60 mm
Crystal: Box sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
Case-back: Transparent sapphire crystal with PHILLIPS logo
Material: Yellow gold
Water-resistance: 5 ATM

Dial
Black dial with gold colored counters
Hour-markers: Gold-plated, faceted and coated with beige Super-LumiNova SLN
Hands: Gold-plated, faceted and coated with beige Super-LumiNova SLN

Strap
Brown calfskin leather strap with protective rubber lining
Yellow gold pin buckle