Swiss luxury watch brand Zenith presents its second exclusive online boutique creation, the Chronomaster Original E-commerce edition.
Launched earlier this summer, the new Chronomaster Original reinterprets the iconic A386 steel El Primero reference from 1969 with the latest generation of the acclaimed automatic chronograph calibre.
Its 38mm bezel-less steel case retains the same proportions as the original, along with the pump-style pushers and raised glass “box”. Beating at the high frequency of 5Hz (36’000 VpH), the El Primero 3600 is a redesigned evolution of the original that allows for a 1/10th of a second chronograph function as well as an extended power reserve of 60 hours.
One of the most distinguishable features of the Chronomaster Original and the A386 that came before is the tri-colour dial. The dial of this online-exclusive Chronomaster Original goes even further chromatically to celebrate the tri-colour theme.
Surrounding the main portion of the dial is split into three sections that take on the same shades of grey and blue as the chronograph counters. The scale surrounding the dial is a historical feature of the A386 that has been cleverly readapted to the Chronomaster Original.
Beyond simply adding a vibrant touch of colour to the dial, the division of the scale into three distinct portions in the E-Commerce edition simplifies reading the 1/10th of a second scale. It is for the first time that another part of the dial besides the chronograph counters are fashioned in the three colours that are linked to the El Primero.
Evoking the tricolor theme, the strap is made of dark grey nubuck leather matching the chronograph’s minute counter at 6 o’clock of the dial, while a looped stitch is done in blue on the right side matching the chronograph’s second counter at 3 0’clock, and a light grey stitch on the left side matching the running seconds register.
The Chronomaster Original E-commerce edition is delivered in a special watch box that looks like a coffee table book, depicting a 2D drawing of the watch on the cover. Inside the box, buyers will also discover three different postcards fashioned in the signature shades of grey and blue depict the watch in a minimalist flat style.
The Chronomaster Original E-commerce edition is available as of now exclusively on the Zenith online boutique.
Model: Chronomaster Original E-commerce
El Primero 3600 Automatic
Automatic El Primero column-wheel chronograph able to measure and display 1/10th of a second
Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power reserve: approx. 60 hours
Hours and minutes in the centre
Small seconds at nine o’clock
1/10th of a second Chronograph: central chronograph hand that makes one turn in 10 seconds, 60 minute counter at six o’clock, 60 second counter at three o’clock
Date indication at 4:30
Diameter: 38 mm
Material: stainless steel
Water-resistance: 5 ATM
Caseback: sapphire crystal
White-lacquered dial with three different colored counters & special 1/10th of a second scale divided in three colors
Hour-markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova® SLN C1
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova® SLN C1
Grey calfskin leather with special stitchings and stainless steel triple folding clasp.