Zenith has launched the final timepiece of its limited edition trilogy inspired by the famous Japanese manga and anime series Lupin The Third.
The Lupin The Third series was created in 1965 by Kazuhiko Katō under the pen name Monkey Punch. In the very first episode of the animated Lupin The Third series, Daisuke Jigen, the right-hand man and best friend of the title character Lupin III, is portrayed wearing a watch based on the Zenith A384 with a black, grey and gilt dial that had never actually existed. And in the final episode of the first series, Jigen is again portrayed to be wearing another Zenith chronograph, but with a different “panda” dial that also never existed.
Nearly 50 years after the initial airing of the anime series, Zenith finally turned fantasy into reality in 2019 by producing the Chronomaster Revival Lupin The Third, using the instantly recognizable A384 tonneau-shaped case and recreating the unusual black dial depicted in the first episode. In 2020, the second white and “panda” dial version was released.
This year, Zenith is presenting the third and final limited edition in this exceptional collaboration, by combining the attributes of the first two models in this series.
Limited to 250 pieces, the Chronomaster Revival Lupin The Third – Final Edition combines two dials, featuring two distinct and asymmetrical halves combining all the elements from both the Zenith chronographs depicted in the first and final episode of the animated series’ first season.
On one side, the first Chronomaster Revival Lupin The Third edition’s semi-glossy black dial with deep grey counters and golden applied markers and hands, and on the other side, the second edition’s creamy-white dial with contrasting black counters in a “panda” configuration with beige SuperLumiNova.
Made of titanium, the 37mm barrel-shaped case is a reproduction of the 1969 A384 case. The El Primero automatic high-frequency integrated chronograph calibre is visible through the sapphire display back engraved with a drawing of Daisuke Jigen.
The watch comes with a titanium ladder bracelet originally designed by the famed Gay Frères Company.
The Chronomaster Revival Lupin The Third – Final Edition is available at Zenith physical boutiques and online boutiques around the world.
Model: Zenith Chronomaster Revival Lupin The Third – Final Edition
El Primero 400 automatic column-wheel chronograph movement
Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 50 hours
Hours and minutes in the centre
Small seconds at nine o’clock
Chronograph: Central chronograph hand, 12-hour counter at six o’clock, 30-minute counter at three o’clock
Date indication at 4:30
Original 1969 case design
Water-resistance: 5 ATM
Black & white
Hour-markers: Rhodium-plated or Gold-plated, faceted and coated with Beige SuperLuminova®
Hands: Rhodium-plated or Gold-plated, faceted and coated with Beige SuperLuminova®
Titanium “ladder” bracelet and double folding clasp
Limited edition of 250 pieces