In partnership with Hodinkee, Swiss luxury watch brand ZENITH has created a limited edition Chronomaster Original watch with the powerful El Primero 3600 automatic 1/10th of a second chronograph caliber.
Introduced in 2021, the Chronomaster Original series takes inspiration from the original ZENITH A386 of 1969. Dressed in a robust 38mm diameter case, the new Zenith Chronomaster Original Hodinkee watch has a matte opaline salmon dial with counters in three shades of grey and rhodium-plated hands and indexes.
The date wheel of the date window positioned at 4:30 has the matching the color of the dial. The facetted hour-markers as well as the hour and minute hands are coated with SuperLuminova SLN C1. The central chronograph hand makes one turn in 10 seconds. The watch has three sub-dials: the small seconds at 9 o’clock, 60-minute counter at 6 o’clock, and 60-second counter at 3 o’clock.
The stainless steel case is flanked by familiar pump-style pushers and brushed lugs. The domed sapphire crystal of the Chronomaster Original for Hodinkee is inspired by the acrylic lenses found on vintage ZENITH timepieces like the A386.
Visible through the sapphire caseback, the Caliber 3600 boasts the same high-beat rate and column-wheel design of the iconic El Primero caliber.
This new ZENITH El Primero movement comes with modern technical enhancements that ensure smooth running and reliability. The chronograph seconds hand traverses the dial once every ten seconds. Also, rather than drive the chronograph via the movement’s fourth wheel, as the original caliber 400 did, the El Primero 3600 runs the chronograph directly off its high-tech silicon escape wheel.
This exclusive Zenith Hodinkee watch is fitted on a stainless steel tapered bracelet with polished center links, outer links with polished edges, and a folding clasp.
The Zenith Chronomaster Original Limited Edition for Hodinkee is available as a 300-piece limited edition for $9,500 through the HODINKEE Shop and ZENITH’s online boutique.
Model: Zenith Chronomaster Original Limited Edition for Hodinkee
Zenith El Primero 3600
Automatic high-frequency chronograph movement with 1/10th of a second chronograph function
Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power reserve: approx. 60 hours
Finishes: New star-shaped oscillating weight with satined finishings
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 9 o’clock
1/10th of a second chronograph (central chronograph hand makes one turn in 10 seconds)
60-minute counter at 6 o’clock
60-second counter at 3 o’clock
Material: Stainless steel
Water resistance: 5 ATM
Hour markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with SuperLuminova SLN C1
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with SuperLuminova SLN C1
Stainless steel Chronomaster Original Bracelet
Limited edition of 300 pieces
9,400 CHF / 9,500 USD