Zenith Calibre 135 Observatoire Limited Edition, In Collaboration Kari Voutilainen and Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo

Swiss luxury watch maker Zenith presents Calibre 135 Observatoire, a special limited series watch created in collaboration with master watchmaker Kari Voutilainen and auction specialists Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo. This exclusive timepiece houses the iconic Calibre 135 – the brand’s most awarded movement from the golden age of chronometry competitions.

This collaborative project was initiated by Phillips’ Aurel Bacs and Alexandre Ghotbi, with whom ZENITH had already worked with on unique pieces and exclusive editions. Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo invited renowned independent watchmaker Kari Voutilainen to restore and hand-decorate a batch of ZENITH Calibre 135-O movements, all of which took part and won in observatory chronometer competitions. The result is a contemporary chronometer produced in a series of 10 pieces and sold exclusively by Phillips in association with Bacs & Russo.

Zenith Calibre 135 Observatoire Limited Edition

The 1950s was the last great decade of observatory chronometer competitions. It is during this era that ZENITH solidified its reputation as a preeminent maker of precision chronometers with the Calibre 135-0, the most highly awarded observatory chronometer ever made.

Seven decades later, Phillips auction house, who are experts in the field of rare and sought-after vintage pieces of historical significance as well as modern artisanal watchmaking, proposed a new kind of challenge for ZENITH. The mission was to work with one of the most highly esteemed living independent watchmakers in order to restore and decorate a handful of Calibre 135-O movements that actually took part in and won observatory chronometer competitions, and to house them in a totally new watch that is at once historically inspired and contemporarily singular.

Founded in 1865, ZENITH has been known for its great contributions to the world of precision chronometry. In observatory chronometer competitions, it has amassed more awards than any other watchmaker with well over 2’330 chronometry prizes to its name. In the mid-20th century, one movement outshone all others during the golden era of observatory chronometer competitions and reigned supreme: the Calibre 135-O.

Zenith Calibre 135 Observatoire Limited Edition

Developed from 1945 onwards by Ephrem Jobin, the Calibre 135 was produced from 1949 until 1962 in two distinct versions: a commercial variant, and a second iteration made solely for taking part in chronometry competitions at the Observatories of Neuchâtel, Geneva, Kew Teddington, and Besançon.

These “O” movements, which were never commercialized nor cased in wrist or pocket watches, underwent exhaustive testing through drastically different temperatures, shocks and running in 6 different positions, consistently delivered optimal chronometric performance with minimal variations in rate. With over 230 chronometry prizes, the Calibre 135-O holds the most awards of any observatory chronometer calibre in the history of watchmaking.

The 10 movements chosen for this very limited edition belong to the “serial winning” years from 1950-1954, when the 135-O won the competition 5 years in a row – an unheard of an unmatched feat.

Zenith Calibre 135 Observatoire Limited Edition

They were prepared for the competitions and fine-tuned yearlong by the Zenith Laboratoire de Chronométrie. All 10 movements were awarded prizes within the 1st category range and had all been regulated by celebrated Zenith chronométriers Charles Fleck & René Gygax, who worked on the prize-winning movements five years in a row and bolstered Zenith’s reputation as an undisputed leader in precision chronometry.

Tasking Kari Voutilainen with the restoration and finishing of these historical movements elevated them from raw competition pieces to haute horlogerie creations of the highest order.

True to its original era, the Calibre 135 Observatoire is inspired by past commercial wristwatch versions of the Calibre 135, yet unlike anything ever made in the past, the Observatoire Limited Edition draws inspiration from several 1950s references by combining the most emblematic details with contemporary accents.

The 38mm platinum round case features tapered lugs that seamlessly fit under the bezel, as well as an oversized notched crown emblazoned with the modern Zenith star logo.

Zenith Calibre 135 Observatoire Limited Edition
Beneath the sapphire glass box, the slightly domed black dial in sterling silver by Kari Voutilainen’s Comblémine atelier features guilloché engraving in a fish-scale motif. Triangular hour markers and applied polished dot markers in rhodium-plated German silver and solid gold hands are juxtaposed in a blend of vintage elegance and contemporary opulence.

The oversized second counter at 6 o’clock is inscribed with the movement’s serial number, denoting the unique nature of each of these watches and how each was thoroughly regulated by revered chronométriers Charles Fleck or René Gygax, then passed on the supremely skilled hands of Kari Voutilainen and his dedicated team of artisan watchmakers.

The dial is signed “Neuchâtel” at the bottom, as Zenith, Kari Voutilainen and the historical Observatory where the Calibre 135-O competed and won during the golden years of chronometry competitions are all based in the Canton of Neuchâtel.

For the first time in the history of the Calibre 135 and certainly for the “O” variant, the observatory chronometer movement that has been impeccably decorated and finished by Kari Voutilainen is visible through a sapphire display back.

Zenith Calibre 135 Observatoire Limited Edition

Cleaned and finished by the master restoration watchmaker, the aesthetic of the historical movement has been refined with hand chamfered and polished edges on the gold-coloured bridges, bevelled and polished screw-heads, circular graining on the main plate, snailed brushing on the ratchet and crown wheels and much more.

Perfectly fitting the historical context of this exceptional series, the Calibre 135 Observatoire is delivered in a wooden box crafted from walnut wood with brass fasteners, inspired by the containers in which the chronometry competition calibres were transported from the Zenith Manufacture to the Neuchâtel Observatory when competing for a first prize at the time.

With this limited edition, Zenith is also offering a book-shaped leather box containing the watch as well as the original historical wooden transport box for the movement.

Technical details

Model: Zenith Calibre 135 Observatoire Limited Edition
Reference: 40.1350.135/21.C1000

Movement
Calibre 135, Manual
Frequency 18,000 VpH (2.5 Hz)
Power reserve approx. 40 hours
Finishes: Meticulous traditional hand-finishing and decoration on the movement

Functions
Hours and minutes in the centre
Small seconds at 6 o’clock

Dial
Sterling silver dial with black matte finishing. Applied indexes and dot markers
Hour markers: Rhodium-plated and faceted German silver
Hands: Rhodium-plated and faceted Gold hands

Case
Material: Platinum 950
Case diameter: 38 mm
Thickness: 10.35 mm
Lug to lug: 46.50 mm
Lug width: 19 mm
Water resistance: 3 ATM

Bracelet
Black calfskin leather with white Gold pin Buckle

Edition
Limited Edition of 10 units
Unique Collaboration with renowned watchmaker & restorer Kari Voutilainen

Price
132’900 CHF

Zenith Chronomaster Sport New Gold and Two-Tone Versions

Swiss luxury watch brand Zenith has expanded the award-winning Chronomaster Sport collection with new versions incorporating precious metals while retaining the performance-centric allure of the model.

During Watches & Wonders 2022 in Geneva, Zenith unveiled the first boutique edition of the steel Chronomaster Sport, exclusively available at Zenith physical and online boutiques around the world.

This version stands out with its engraved ceramic bezel, which consists of three separate coloured ceramic elements in the traditional El Primero tricolour palette of grey, anthracite and blue colors that have been seamlessly forged together within the base of the bezel – also in ceramic.

Zenith Chronomaster Sport Boutique Edition

The colours of the bezel are extended from those of the dial’s registers, allowing for easier reading of the 1/10th of a second chronograph in clearly segmented parts. Making this special edition even more outstanding is its silver sunray-patterned dial with tricolour counters.

Zenith has also crafted the Chronomaster Sport entirely in rose gold – including the bracelet and engraved bezel with 1/10th of a second scale.

Zenith Chronomaster Sport Gold

Available with either a black or white dial with the signature El Primero tricolour counters with golden hands and applied markers, the Chronomaster Sport in rose gold is meticulously finished with satin-brushed and polished surfaces to bring out the warm radiance of the precious metal.

Zenith Chronomaster Sport Gold

The Chronomaster Sport is now also available in a “two-tone” aesthetic, combining the durability of stainless steel and the splendour of rose gold. The case and the side links of the bracelet are crafted in stainless steel, while the bezel, crown, pushers and the bracelet’s centre links are in rose gold. The silver sunray-patterned tricolour dial adds a shimmery effect that emphasizes the mix of tones and textures.

Zenith Chronomaster Sport Two-tone

The Chronomaster Sport line is equipped with the newest version of the venerable movement, the El Primero 3600. With its high frequency of 5 Hz (36’000 VpH), this movement offers a 1/10th of second function that’s easily readable, displayed directly on the bezel as well as the dial. It has an extended power reserve of 60 hours. Visible through the sapphire display back, it reveals a blue column wheel and open rotor marked with the five-pointed star Zenith.

Technical details

Collection: Zenith CHRONOMASTER SPORT

Movement
El Primero 3600
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

Functions
1/10th of a second chronograph functions
Hours and minutes in the centre
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
Central chronograph hand that makes one turn in 10 seconds, 60-minute counter at 6 o’clock, 60-second counter at 3 o’clock
Date indication at 4:30
Stop-second mechanism
Finishes: New star-shaped oscillating weight with satined finishings

Zenith Chronomaster Sport Two-tone, Reference: 51.3100.3600/69.M3100

Case
Material: Stainless Steel & 18-carat rose gold with gold bezel
Case: 41mm
Water resistance: 10 ATM

Dial
Silver-toned sunray-patterned dial with three different-coloured counters
Hour markers: Gold-plated, faceted and coated with SuperLuminova SLN C1
Hands: Gold-plated, faceted and coated with SuperLuminova SLN C1

Bracelet
Stainless steel and rose gold bracelet with a double folding clasp

Price
16,900 CHF

Zenith Chronomaster Sport Gold, Reference: 18.3101.3600/21.M3100

Case
Material: 18-carat Rose gold with gold bezel
Diameter: 41mm
Water resistance: 10 ATM

Dial
Black-lacquered dial with three different-coloured counters
Hour markers: Gold-plated, faceted and coated with SuperLuminova SLN C1
Hands: Gold-plated, faceted and coated with SuperLuminova SLN C1

Bracelet
Rose gold bracelet with a double folding clasp

Price
37,900 CHF

Zenith Chronomaster Sport Gold, Reference: 18.3101.3600/69.M3100

Case
Material: 18-carat Rose gold with gold bezel
Diameter: 41mm
Water resistance: 10 ATM

Dial
White matte with three different applied coloured counters
Hour markers: Gold-plated, faceted and coated with SuperLuminova SLN C1
Hands: Gold-plated, faceted and coated with SuperLuminova SLN C1

Bracelet
Rose gold bracelet with a double folding clasp

Price
37,900 CHF

Zenith Chronomaster Sport Boutique Edition, Reference: 03.3103.3600/69.M3100

Case
Material: Stainless steel with tri-color ceramic bezel
1/10th of a second indication on the ceramic bezel
Diameter: 41mm
Water resistance: 10 ATM

Dial
Silver-toned sunray-patterned dial with three different-coloured counters
Hour markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with SuperLuminova SLN C1
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with SuperLuminova SLN C1

Bracelet
Metal Bracelet with a double folding clasp

Price
11,900 CHF

Zenith Chronomaster Open

During Watches & Wonders 2022, Zenith unveiled the latest generation of the Chronomaster Open with a tri-colour dial that inventively reveals its high-frequency beating heart.

In 2003, Zenith introduced the Chronomaster Open with the aim of making the high frequency beating heart of its El Primero calibre as prominently visible as possible. It marked the first time in the history of watchmaking that a chronograph featured a partially open dial solely to reveal the regulating organ and escapement.

Zenith Chronomaster Open

The Chronomaster Open was an instant hit, lauded for its daring design that is often imitated but never matched. For Zenith, the partially open dial has remained a prominent and coveted feature in many of its Chronomaster references for nearly 20 years.

With 2021’s introduction of the new and improved El Primero 3600 that boasts a 1/10th of a second chronograph function and improved efficiency, the time had come to adapt and incorporate the latest developments into the emblematic Chronomaster Open. More than a simple facelift, the new Chronomaster Open is imbued with the lines and attributes of the latest generation of the Chronomaster collection.

Zenith Chronomaster Open

Revisiting the iconic tri-colour dial configuration that debuted with the iconic A386 in 1969 and which remains a distinctive and instantly recognizable El Primero design element, the latest iteration of the Chronomaster Open retains it entirely with a transparent twist.

Instead of cutting out the small seconds counter at 9 o’clock entirely as was the case with the previous versions of the Chronomaster Open, the three counter colours are retained thanks to a hesalite crystal element that serves as a readable sub-dial while allowing a view of the silicon star-shaped escape wheel.

Zenith Chronomaster Open

The opening itself has also been reinterpreted, foregoing the former version’s applied “frame” and instead opting for circular openings with chamfered edges, revealing the movement with more straight bridges and a more contemporary grey tone.

Catering to the prevalent demand for watches with more modest proportions, the round case now measures 39.5mm wide compared to the previous 42mm model, with slimmer lugs and more pronounced polished bevels on the edges. The pump-style pushers now feature rounded tips for a more ergonomic touch. The steel bracelet option follows the contours and mixed polished and satin-brushed finishes of the case.

Zenith Chronomaster Open

Visible through the sapphire display back, the El Primero 3604 1/10th of a second automatic chronograph movement is a modified version of the 3600 that debuted in the Chronomaster Sport, featuring an open base plate and bridges that allow for a clearer view of the high-frequency 5Hz escapement with lubricant-free silicon escape wheel and pallet lever. The automatic winding mechanism with an open star-shaped oscillating mass efficiently delivers a power reserve of 60 hours.

Zenith Chronomaster Open

Available at all Zenith boutiques and authorized retailers around the world, the Chronomaster Open is available in steel with a white or black dial, delivered with either a steel bracelet or cordura-effect rubber strap.

Zenith Chronomaster Open gold

A rose gold version featuring a white dial with a blue cordura-effect rubber strap is also introduced in the new line.

Technical details

Model: Zenith CHRONOMASTER OPEN

Movement
El Primero 3604 automatic
Automatic El Primero column-wheel chronograph able to measure and display 1/10th of a second
Opening revealing the legendary beating heart of the El Primero movement
Silicon escape-wheel and lever
Stop-second mechanism
Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power reserve: Approx. 60 hours
Finishes: New star-shaped oscillating weight with satined finishings

Functions
1/10th of a second chronograph functions
Hours and minutes in the centre
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
Central chronograph hand that makes one turn in 10 seconds
60-minute counter at 6 o’clock
60-second counter at 3 o’clock

Reference: 03.3300.3604/21.M3300

Case
Diameter: 39.5mm
Material: Stainless Steel
Water resistance: 10 ATM

Dial
Black matte with two different-coloured counters & a translucent polymer counter
Hour markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with “SuperLuminova SLN C1
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with “SuperLuminova SLN C1

Bracelet
Metal Bracelet with a double folding clasp

Price
9900 CHF

Reference: 03.3300.3604/69.M3300

Case
Material: Stainless Steel
Diameter: 39.5mm
Water resistance: 10 ATM

Dial
Silver matte with two different-coloured counters & a translucent polymer counter
Hour markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with “SuperLuminova SLN C1
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with “SuperLuminova SLN C1

Bracelet
Metal Bracelet with a double folding clasp

Price
9,900 CHF

Reference: 18.3300.3604/69.C922

Case
Material: 18-ct Rose gold
Diameter: 39.5mm
Water resistance: 10 ATM

Dial
Silver matte with two different-coloured counters & a translucent polymer counter
Hour markers: Gold plated, faceted and coated with “SuperLuminova SLN C1
Hands: Gold plated, faceted and coated with “SuperLuminova SLN C1

Bracelet
Blue calfskin leather with a gold triple folding clasp

Price
19,900 CHF

Zenith Defy Extreme E “Desert X Prix” Edition

Zenith presents the first in a series of special editions of the DEFY Extreme Carbon, incorporating recycled elements from the Extreme E electric rally championship. The highly exclusive series will feature a limited edition for each of this season’s races.

After a successful inaugural first season with Extreme E as its Founding Partner and Official Timekeeper, Zenith is getting even more involved with the world’s first electric rally championship. To commemorate each of the 5 Extreme E races this year – beginning with the Desert X Prix in Neom, Saudi Arabia – Zenith is creating 5 special and highly exclusive editions of the boldly rugged DEFY Extreme 1/100th of a second chronograph inspired by each of the vastly different X Prix off-road circuits.

Zenith Defy Extreme E “Desert X Prix” Edition

The DEFY Extreme E “Desert X Prix” – the first edition dedicated to a specific race – boasts a suitably sturdy waterproof and crushproof watch case inspired by the extreme conditions of the rally, incorporating various upcycled elements from the side-lines of the first season’s races. The case’s lid coating is made from E-grip recycled tires, while the plate covering is made from parts of an Extreme E racing tarpaulin.

Zenith Defy Extreme E “Desert X Prix” Edition

The DEFY Extreme E “Desert X Prix” edition is crafted in light-weight yet highly durable carbon fibre, including the crown and chronograph pushers. Highlighting the audaciously angular geometry of the case, the pusher protectors as well as the twelve-sided bezel are made in microblasted titanium.

The open multi-layered dial of the watch features deep yellow-beige accents, the official colour of the “Desert X Prix” that evokes the vast sand dunes of Saudi Arabia, home to the world’s largest continuous sand desert.

Zenith Defy Extreme E “Desert X Prix” Edition

Partially visible through the dial is the fastest automatic high-frequency chronograph calibre. The Zenith Cal. El Primero 9004 offers 1/100th of a second time measurements, with two escapements beating at 5Hz (36’000 VpH) for the timekeeping part and 50Hz (360’000 VpH) for the chronograph. The movement is also visible through the sapphire display back, emblazoned with the Desert X Prix logo.

The DEFY Extreme E watch is delivered with a rubber strap containing sustainable materials of recycled Continental Cross Contact tires that were used in the first season races. Matching the Desert X sandy yellow accents on the dial, the Velcro strap features a black rubber central element surrounded by a yellow cordura effect rubber inlay.

The DEFY Extreme E “Desert X Prix” edition also comes with two additional straps in black rubber and black Velcro, which can be easily interchanged without any tools by using the case back’s ingenious and intuitive quick strap-change mechanism.

Zenith Defy Extreme E “Desert X Prix” Edition

The DEFY Extreme E“Desert X Prix” will be made in a limited edition of only 20 pieces and will make its debut at the Extreme E Desert X race in NEOM, Saudi Arabia, on February 19-20, 2022. The watch will be available at Zenith’s physical and online boutiques around the world.

Technical details

Model: Zenith Defy Extreme E “Desert X Prix” Edition
Reference: 10.9100.9004-1/23.I303

Movement
El Primero 9004 automatic
1/100th of a second Chronograph movement
Exclusive dynamic signature of one rotation per second for the Chrono hand
1 escapement for the Watch (36,000 VpH – 5 Hz)
1 escapement for the Chronograph (360,000 VpH – 50 Hz)
Frequency 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power reserve min. 50 hours
Finishes: Black colored main plate on movement + Special black colored oscillating weight with satined finishing

Functions
1/100th of a second chronograph functions
Chronograph power-reserve indication at 12 o’clock
Hours and minutes in the centre
Small seconds at 9 o’clock, Central chronograph hand that makes one turn each second, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, 60-second counter at 6 o’clock

Case
Material: Carbon & Microblasted Titanium
Diameter: 45mm
Screwed-in crown
Special engraving on case back with “Desert X Prix” logo
Water resistance: 20 ATM

Dial
Tinted sapphire with three black-coloured counters
Hour markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with “Super-Luminova SLN C1
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with “Super-Luminova SLN C1

Bracelet
Yellow Velcro bracelet made with parts of Continental recycled tires
Also comes with a black Velcro strap and a black rubber strap
Full Interchangeable strap system

Price
26,900 CHF

ZENITH x Revolution&The Rake – Chronomaster Revival A3818 “The Airweight Cover Girl” Limited Edition

In association with Revolution & The Rake, Zenith presents an alternate version of one of the most sought-after vintage El Primero models, the A3818.

Nicknamed “The Airweight Cover Girl”, this special edition Chronomaster Revival combines the original’s striking blue dial with the line’s first-ever case and ladder bracelet in titanium.

ZENITH x Revolution&The Rake – Chronomaster Revival A3818 “The Airweight Cover Girl” Limited Edition

In 2020, Zenith collaborated with Revolution&The Rake to bring back one of the most coveted El Primero references ever made, the A3818.

Affectionately dubbed the “Cover Girl” by vintage watch collectors and El Primero aficionados after its appearance on the cover of Manfred Rossler’s book “Zenith – Swiss Watchmaking Since 1865”, the A3818 was introduced in 1971 for a brief time and produced in limited quantities, making it one of the most elusive and sought-after vintage El Primero watches.

ZENITH x Revolution&The Rake – Chronomaster Revival A3818 “The Airweight Cover Girl” Limited Edition

Its modern remake, the Zenith x Revolution Chronomaster Revival A3818 “Cover Girl”, was an instant hit among vintage watch aficionados and Zenith fans, selling out all 100 pieces in a matter of hours. Now, Zenith has once again come together with Revolution&The Rake to bring back the Cover Girl with a modern twist.

ZENITH x Revolution&The Rake – Chronomaster Revival A3818 “The Airweight Cover Girl” Limited Edition

Weighing only 78.2 grams on its ladder bracelet, the Airweight Cover Girl is crafted entirely in grade 5 titanium. And as a first for Zenith, the ladder bracelet originally designed by the famed Gay Frères company in the 1960s is made for the first time in titanium, denoted by the polished centre link.

ZENITH x Revolution&The Rake – Chronomaster Revival A3818 “The Airweight Cover Girl” Limited Edition

One of the most striking features of the original A3818 is undoubtedly its dial. Faithfully reproduced in this special series, the vertically brushed finish and Superman blue tone of the dial have been preserved, while the shark tooth scale, tachymeter scale, logo and text are given a modern touch with an execution entirely in SuperLuminova.

ZENITH x Revolution&The Rake – Chronomaster Revival A3818 “The Airweight Cover Girl” Limited Edition

Compared to the first Chronomaster Revival A3818 Cover Girl, the Airweight’s SuperLumiNova is done in a more natural “C1” white colour rather than the slightly green “C3” tone of the previous Revival edition.

ZENITH x Revolution&The Rake – Chronomaster Revival A3818 “The Airweight Cover Girl” Limited Edition

Visible through the sapphire display back, the El Primero 400 calibre —the direct descendant of the original 1969 El Primero automatic high-frequency chronograph movement— beats at the rate of 5Hz (36’000 VpH).

ZENITH x Revolution&The Rake – Chronomaster Revival A3818 “The Airweight Cover Girl” Limited Edition

The Zenith × Revolution&The Rake Chronomaster Revival A3818 “The Airweight Cover Girl” is a limited edition of 250 examples, available from Revolution&The Rake as well as Zenith boutiques around the world.

Technical details

Model: Zenith Chronomaster Revival A3818 “The Airweight Cover Girl”
Reference: 95.A3818.400/51.M3818

Movement
El Primero 400
Automatic El Primero column-wheel chronograph movement
Oscillating weight with “Côtes de Genève” motif
Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 50 hours

Functions
Hours and minutes in the centre
Small seconds at nine o’clock
Central chronograph hand, 12h counter at six o’clock, 30 minute counter at three o’ clock
Tachymetric & pulsometric scales
Date indication at 4:30.

Case
Diameter: 37-mm
Material: Grade 5titanium
Water-resistance: 5 ATM
Caseback: transparent sapphire crystal

Dial
“Superman” vertical brushed blue
Hour-markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova® SLN
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova® SLN C1

Bracelet
Titanium ladder bracelet and Blue “Cordura” effect strap with white stitching

Edition
Limited edition of 250 pieces

Price
9,900 CHF

Zenith DEFY Extreme Carbon

Zenith has expanded the DEFY Extreme series by launching a first watch in carbon fibre. This new model is dedicated to EXTREME E, the motorsport of the future.

Equipped with the world’s fastest and most precise automatic chronograph movement, the DEFY Extreme is the embodiment of the iconic Swiss Manufacture’s spirit of innovation and emphasizes the DEFY line’s core attributes of ruggedness and exceptional performance.

EXTREME E is an international off-road racing series that uses specially designed electric SUVs to race in remote parts of the world. The first season commenced with the Desert X-Prix in Saudi Arabia in April 2021. Zenith is the Official Timekeeper and Founding Partner of this racing saga.

Introduced in 2021 as the boldest and most rugged iteration of Zenith’s groundbreaking 1/100th of a second automatic high-frequency chronograph to date, the DEFY Extreme has already proven that it’s more than capable of withstanding even the harshest elements during the first season of EXTREME E. In the same year, the brand released the DEFY Extreme Desert model in a limited edition of 50 pieces.

Now, the brand is offering a resolutely sporty carbon fibre execution inspired by the world’s first off-road electric rally racing championship.

Zenith DEFY Extreme Carbon

Its case as well as the pushers and crown are made of extremely durable layered carbon fibre. Commonly used in the automotive and aviation industries among many others, carbon fibre offers a unique set of performance properties that simply cannot be matched by metals. Highlighting the audaciously angular geometry of the case, the pusher protectors as well as the twelve-sided bezel are made in microblasted titanium.

Zenith DEFY Extreme Carbon

Within the monolithic case, the open multi-layered dial features a mix of racy colours inspired by the EXTREME E’s “X Prix” colour schemes adapted for each race. The 1/100th of a second chronograph scale features brilliant yellow markers, while the tinted sapphire crystal dial’s chronograph counters are in bright blue, green and white, with matching-coloured small hands.

Partially visible through the dial as well as the case back is the fastest automatic high-frequency chronograph calibre. It offers 1/100th of a second time measurements, with two escapements beating at 5Hz (36’000 VpH) for the timekeeping part and 50Hz (360’000 VpH) for the chronograph.

Zenith DEFY Extreme Carbon

The DEFY Extreme is delivered with three straps that are easily interchangeable without requiring any tools, simply by using the case back’s ingenious and intuitive quick strap-change mechanism. These are a black textured rubber strap with a microblasted titanium folding buckle, a red textured rubber strap and a black Velcro wristband with a carbon fibre buckle.

Technical details

Model: Zenith DEFY EXTREME Carbon
Reference: 10.9100.9004/22.I200

Movement
El Primero 9004 automatic
Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 50 hours
Certified Chronometer
1/100th of a second Chronograph movement
Exclusive dynamic signature of one rotation per second for the Chrono hand
1 escapement for the Watch (36,000 VpH – 5 Hz)
1 escapement for the Chronograph (360,000 VpH – 50 Hz)

Functions
1/100th of a second chronograph functions
Chronograph power-reserve indication at 12 o’clock
Hours and minutes in the centre
Small seconds at 9 o’clock, Central chronograph hand that makes one turn each second, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, 60-second counter at 6 o’clock

Finishes
Black colored main plate on movement + Special black colored oscillating weight with satined finishing

Case
Material: Carbon & Microblasted Titanium
Diameter: 45mm
Screwed-in crown
Water resistance: 20 ATM

Dial
Tinted sapphire with three black-coloured counters
Hour markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with “SuperLuminova SLN C1
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with “SuperLuminova SLN C1

Bracelet
Black rubber strap
Titanium triple folding clasp with black DLC coating
Also comes with a red rubber strap and a black Velcro strap and carbon buckle
Full Interchangeable strap system

Price
24,900 CHF

Zenith DEFY 21 CHROMA Limited Edition

Zenith presents CHROMA, a multihued and vivacious chronograph watch from its DEFY 21 series.

Adorned with an unprecedented and playfully vibrant palette of colors, the DEFY 21 Chroma reveals Zenith’s supremacy in the manufacturing of high-frequency automatic chronographs and its forward-thinking attitude.

Zenith DEFY 21 CHROMA Limited Edition

The white ceramic case with matte finish provides a perfect contrast and further accentuates the colors within. The sapphire crystal gives way to a refracted rainbow spread evenly across the open dial and movement, with a perfectly transitioning gradient of colors spanning the entire color spectrum. This transition of colors starts with red at 12 o’clock then shifting through orange, yellow, green, blue, violet and pink in a clockwise manner.

Zenith DEFY 21 CHROMA Limited Edition

The meticulously applied colors on the markers and 1/100 of a second scale extend beyond the dial and out of the case, with the crown’s rubber grip ring as well as the white cordura-effect rubber strap’s stitching following the color arrangement of the dial. This also extends to the chronograph counter hands, each tipped in a different tone.

Vastly open and allowing a view into the ingenious 1/100th of a second chronograph movement beneath, the dial features raised white chronograph counters matching the case, beneath which the extraordinarily decorated movement shines through. Each bridge is finished in a different metallic colour, again following the gradient of the dial’s markers.

Zenith DEFY 21 CHROMA Limited Edition

Through the sapphire case back, one can admire the El Primero 21 automatic high-frequency 1/100th of a second chronograph caliber. This high-performance self-winding movement features two independent regulating organs and gear trains for the timekeeping and chronograph functions, operating at frequencies of 5Hz (36’000 VpH) and 50Hz (360’000 VpH), respectively.

Limited to 200 pieces, DEFY 21 CHROMA is available at Zenith boutiques and authorized retailers around the world,

Technical details

Model: Zenith DEFY 21 CHROMA
Reference: 49.9010.9004/01.R947

Movement
El Primero 9004 automatic
Frequency 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
1/100th of a second Chronograph movement
Exclusive dynamic signature of one rotation per second for theChrono hand
1 escapement for the Watch (36,000 VpH – 5 Hz)
1 escapement for the Chronograph (360,000 VpH – 50 Hz)
Certified Chronometer
Power reserve: min. 50 hours
Finishes: “Rainbow” PVD-coated bridges + Special blue colored oscillating weight with satined finishing

Functions
1/100th of a second chronograph functions
Chronograph power-reserve indication at 12 o’clock
Hours and minutes in the centre
Small seconds at 9 o’clock, Central chronograph, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, 60-second counter at 6 o’clock

Case
Material: Matte White Ceramic
Diameter: 44mm
Water resistance: 10 ATM

Dial
White Open-worked dial
Hour markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with “Rainbow” varnish
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with colored varnish

Strap
White rubber strap with white “Cordura effect” rubber and multicolored
Titanium triple folding clasp

Edition
Limited edition of 200 pieces

Price
14,400 CHF

Zenith DEFY Collection – DEFY Midnight Sunset and DEFY Midnight Borealis

Introduced in 2020,  Zenith DEFY Midnight is fashionable wristwatch collection dedicated to free-spirited, dream-chasing women. A new addition to the iconic DEFY series, this new range is comprised of versatile sporty-chic timepieces with a distinctly cosmic design.

This year, the collection welcomes two new additions inspired by the starry night sky and some of its ephemeral yet endlessly captivating phenomenon. The new models are: DEFY Midnight Sunset and DEFY Midnight Borealis.

Zenith DEFY Collection - DEFY Midnight Sunset and DEFY Midnight Borealis

Housed in a 36mm stainless steel case embellished with brilliant cut white diamonds on the bezel, these two vibrant versions reinterpret traditional craftsmanship in new and unprecedented form. Endowed with guilloché engraved dials with a radiant wave pattern, like rays of light emanating from the sole applied star near the top of the dial, the dials offer a fresh take on the ancestral art form in an unexpected and visually striking manner.

In the DEFY Midnight Sunset, the dial seamlessly transitions from warm red to a deep yellow tone in a perfect gradient of colours that recalls the beautiful shade of the sky during twilight.

Zenith Defy Midnight sunset watch

The Zenith DEFY Midnight Borealis watch evokes the captivating northern lights phenomenon (aurora borealis) witnessed around the Arctic Circle. It features a midnight blue dial that gradually shifts to a bright emerald green towards to bottom.

Zenith DEFY Midnight Borealis watch

In both models, white diamonds are applied on every hour marker, except at 3 o’clock where the date window is placed.

Visible through the sapphire case back, the automatic Elite 670 automatic manufacture calibre provides a power reserve of 50 hours. A star-shaped oscillating mass adds a celestial touch to the movement.

One of the features that makes the DEFY Midnightso versatile and easily adaptable to any situation and outfit is its quick strap-change mechanism, allowing the integrated stainless steel bracelet to be easily swapped with any of the three supplied leather, textile and rubber straps without requiring any tools. The DEFY Midnight is delivered in a special box that doubles as a storage case for precious items and includes three additional coloured straps and an interchangeable folding buckle.

In partnership with Nona Source, a start-up incubated by LVMH, Zenith is also offering a new line of stylish yet environment-friendly watch straps. They are made of deadstock fabrics from the group’s most prestigious Fashion & Leather Goods Maisons that are upcycled and transformed into lavish straps in a wide array of textiles and colours.

Available at all Zenith boutiques and authorized retailers around the world, the DEFY Midnight Sunset & Borealis are compelling additions to the ultra-modern and confidently feminine collection of watches for women seeking something visually outstanding yet easily wearable.

Technical details

Collection: Zenith Defy Midnight

Model: Zenith Defy Midnight Sunset
Reference: 16.9200.670/33.MI001

Zenith Defy Midnight Sunset watch

Movement
Elite 670 SK, Automatic
Frequency: 28,800 VpH (4Hz)
Power-reserve: min. 50 hours

Functions
Hours and minutes in the centre
Central seconds hand
Date indication at 3 o’clock

Gem-setting
Carats 1.48 cts, Bezel 44 VS brilliant-cut diamonds, Dial 11 VS brilliant-cut diamonds

Case
Material: Stainless steel with diamond-set bezel
Diameter: 36 mm
Water-resistance: 10 ATM

Dial
Red to yellow gradient &guilloché
Hour-markers: Diamond hour-markers
Hands: Rhodium-plated and faceted, coated with Super-Luminova SLN C1

Bracelet/strap
Stainless steel with interchangeable strap system
Strap box included: 3 different colors straps + an interchangeable folding buckle

Price
11,400 CHF

Model: Zenith Defy Midnight Borealis
Reference: 16.9200.670/34.MI001

Zenith DEFY Midnight Borealis watch

Movement
Elite 670 SK, Automatic
Frequency: 28,800 VpH (4Hz)
Power-reserve: min. 50 hours

Functions
Hours and minutes in the centre
Central seconds hand
Date indication at 3 o’clock

Case
Material: Stainless steel with diamond-set bezel
Diameter: 36 mm
Water-resistance: 10 ATM

Dial
Blue to green gradient & guilloché
Hour-markers: Diamond hour-markers
Hands: Rhodium-plated and faceted, coated with Super-Luminova SLN C1

Bracelet/ strap
Stainless steel bracelet with interchangeable strap system
Strap box included: 3 different colors straps + an interchangeable folding buckle

Gem-setting
Carats 1.48 cts, Bezel 44 VS brilliant-cut diamonds, Dial 11 VS brilliant-cut diamonds

Price
11,400 CHF

Zenith DEFY Skyline

Unveiled during LVMH Watch Week 2022, the new Zenith DEFY Skyline watch is inspired by the night sky above a bustling city that never sleeps. Its star-studded dial with a sunburst finish is embellished with a perfectly aligned pattern consisting of engraved four-pointed stars, which are in fact a modern reimagining of the Zenith “double Z” logo of the 1960s.

Zenith DEFY Skyline watch

The DEFY Skyline draws inspiration from the unique octagonal geometry of the early DEFY models including the recently revived Defy A3642. The DEFY Skyline retains the same DNA of robustness and durability as its predecessors while bringing an edgier and more architectural aesthetic.

Zenith DEFY Skyline watch

Fixed on the top of the 41mm stainless steel case with sharply defined edges, the faceted bezel is similar to those from early DEFY models. It has been reimagined with twelve sides that are positioned to echo the hour markers. The screw-down crown emblazoned with the star emblem provides a water-resistance of 10 ATM (100 metres).

Besides the central hour and minute hands and a date window at 3 o’clock finished in the same colour as the dial, the DEFY Skyline features a visually captivating animation rarely ever seen on a wristwatch.

Zenith DEFY Skyline watch

On the small counter at 9 o’clock, a constantly running 1/10th of a second hand makes steady jumps in fixed increments, completing one revolution every 10 seconds.

Zenith DEFY Skyline watch

Visible through the sapphire display back is the new El Primero Calibre 3620. Built with a similar architecture as the El Primero 3600 1/10th of a second chronograph, this automatic manufacture movement drives the 1/10th of a second hand directly from the escapement, which beats at 5Hz (36’000 VpH). It is also endowed with a stop-second mechanism for precise time-setting.

Zenith DEFY Skyline watch

The automatic winding mechanism with bi-directional rotor with a star motif delivers a power reserve of approximately 60 hours. Keeping with the purely contemporary palette of the DEFY Skyline the movement is finished in tones of grey and silver with elements in blued metal.

The DEFY Skyline is delivered on a steel bracelet with a satin-brushed surface with chamfered and polished edges, seamlessly following the contours of the faceted case.

Zenith DEFY Skyline watch with blue rubber strap

A rubber strap with a starry sky pattern in continuity with the dial made in blue for the blue dial, black for the black dial and olive-green for the silver dial is also provided with a steel folding clasp.

Zenith DEFY Skyline watch with black rubber strap

The bracelets and straps can be easily swapped without any tools using the DEFY case’s ingenious quick strap-change mechanism consisting of secure buttons on the back.

Technical details

Collection: Zenith DEFY SKYLINE

Movement
El Primero 3620, automatic
Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power reserve: Approx. 60 hours
Silicon escape-wheel and lever
Special oscillating weight with satined finishing

Functions
Hours and minutes in the centre
1/10th of a second counter at 9 o’clock
Date indication at 3 o’clock

Case
Material: Stainless steel
Case diameter: 41mm
Screwed-in crown
Water resistance: 10 ATM
Full Interchangeable strap system

Price
8,400 CHF

Models

Reference: 03.9300.3620/01.I001

Zenith DEFY Skyline watch, silver dial with star pattern

Dial: Silver-toned sunburst dial with star pattern
Hour markers: Black ruthenium-plated, faceted and coated with SuperLuminova SLN C1
Hands: Black ruthenium-plated, faceted and coated with SuperLuminova SLN C1
Stainless steel bracelet and folding clasp
Comes with a khaki green rubber strap with starry sky pattern and folding clasp

Reference 03.9300.3620/51.I001

Zenith DEFY Skyline watch, blue dial with star pattern

Dial: Blue-toned sunburst dial with star pattern
Hour markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with SuperLuminova SLN C1
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with SuperLuminova SLN C1
Stainless steel bracelet and folding clasp
Comes with a blue rubber strap with starry sky pattern and folding clasp

Reference: 03.9300.3620/21.I001

Zenith DEFY Skyline watch, black dial with star pattern

Dial: Black-toned sunburst dial with star pattern
Hour markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with SuperLuminova SLN C1
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with SuperLuminova SLN C1
Stainless steel bracelet folding clasp
Comes with a black rubber strap with starry sky pattern and folding clasp

Zenith Defy Revival A3642 Limited Edition

Zenith presents DEFY Revival A3642, a modern reinterpretation of the earliest DEFY watch.

1969 was a milestone year for Zenith. In that year, the Swiss Manufacture launched the iconic El Primero calibre and the DEFY collection.

Nicknamed coffre-fort in French, the original DIFY featured an exceptionally edgy design and robustness that mass-produced quartz watches of the time simply could not rival. Its bold, octagonal case paired with a fourteen-sided bezel exhibits audacity and ruggedness through sharply defined lines and facets with different finishes. These emblematic design features have been distilled into the modern Zenith DEFY collection.

Zenith Defy Revival A3642 Limited Edition

Its steel “ladder” bracelet was designed and manufactured by the legendary Gay Frères Company. With a water-resistance of 30ATM (300 metres) ensured by a screw-down crown, the DEFY A3642 was an all-terrain and all-occasions watch.

Reproduced in stunningly accurate detail using the original production plans from 1969, the DEFY Revival A3642 brings back all the characteristics and singular design elements of the historic model.

Zenith Defy Revival A3642 Limited Edition

The gradient dial spotlights unusual applied square hour markers with horizontal grooves that convey a sense of perpetual motion. Its sword-shaped hour and minute hands are generously filled with Super-LumiNova in a similar tone to Tritium found in the original.

Zenith Defy Revival A3642 Limited Edition

The paddle-shaped seconds hand was a prominent feature in several Zenith watches of the same era. In fact, the only cosmetic differences between the Revival and its ancestor are the sapphire crystal, the display case back and the type of luminescent pigments.

Zenith Defy Revival A3642 Limited Edition

Instead of the original’s solid case-back with the four-pointed star engraving, the DEFY Revival A3642 features a sapphire display back. It offers the view of the automatic Elite 670 manufacture movement endowed with a star-shaped oscillating weight. Operating at a frequency of 4 Hz (28’800 VpH), this self-winding caliber delivers a power reserve of 50 hours when fully wound.

Zenith Defy Revival A3642 Limited Edition

Just like the historic model, the Defy Revival A3642 is water resistant to 300 meters. This special Revival watch is a limited edition of 250 pieces. It is available at Zenith physical and online boutiques around the world.

Technical details

Model: Zenith DEFY REVIVAL A3642
Reference: 03.A3642.670/75.M3642

Movement
Elite 670, automatic
Frequency: 28,800 VpH (4 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 50 hours
Star-shaped oscillating weight with satined finishing

Functions
Hours and minutes in the centre
Central seconds hand
Date indication at 4:30

Case
Material: Stainless steel
Octagonal case with iconic 14-sided bezel
Water resistance: 30 ATM
Diameter: 37mm

Dial
Gradient brown dial
Hour markers: Rhodium-plated and faceted
Hands: Rhodium-plated and faceted with Super-Luminova SLN C1

Bracelet
Stainless steel “Ladder” bracelet

Edition
Limited edition of 250 pieces

Price
6,900 CHF

Zenith Chronomaster Revival Lupin The Third – Final Edition

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.

Zenith Chronomaster Revival Lupin The Third – Final Edition

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.

Zenith Chronomaster Revival Lupin The Third – Final Edition

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.

Technical details

Model: Zenith Chronomaster Revival Lupin The Third – Final Edition
Reference: 95.L384.400/50.M384

Movement
El Primero 400 automatic column-wheel chronograph movement
Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 50 hours

Functions
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
Tachymetric scale
Date indication at 4:30

Case
Diameter: 37mm
Material: Titanium
Original 1969 case design
Water-resistance: 5 ATM

Dial
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®

Bracelet
Titanium “ladder” bracelet and double folding clasp

Price
9,900 CHF

Edition
Limited edition of 250 pieces

Zenith: DEFY Zero-G Sapphire & DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire Limited Editions

Swiss luxury watch manufacture Zenith has re-imagined two of its most extraordinary movements through contemporary architecture and finishing techniques that can be admired through luminous and transparent sapphire cases.

These two horological marvels place Zenith’s uniquely futuristic and evocative aesthetic centre-stage, using novel and original decoration methods.

Zenith DEFY Zero-G Sapphire & DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire Limited Editions

First, all the movement’s components are treated with blue PVD. The inscriptions as well as decorative elements like miniature stars are then carefully engraved onto the bridges, after which the chamfered edges of the bridges are precisely finished with a rhodium-coloured PVD that provides a striking contrast and adds even more visual depth to an already intricately layered movement with its futuristic form. Framed by totally transparent sapphire cases, the movements shine in a light of their own – and from all angles.

Zenith DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire Limited Edition

For the latest execution of the fastest tourbillon chronograph around – equipped with two independent tourbillons completing rotations in 60 seconds for the time-keeping tourbillon and 5 seconds for the chronograph’s tourbillon – Zenith took its evocative “starry sky” aesthetic to new cosmic heights in the DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire, with a nod to the universe and space exploration.

Zenith DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire Limited Edition

Visible for all to admire through the crystalline case, the DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon’s exceptional chronograph movement is rendered in a stellar and futuristic aesthetic.

Zenith DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire Limited Edition

The main plate of the movement is finished in a striking blue PVD tone, and in a first for Zenith, some of the dial-side bridges are engraved with stars, like a distant galaxy of micro-mechanics in perpetual motion.

Zenith DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire Limited Edition

Truly at the summit of precision, the 1/00th of a second chronograph moves at incredible speed, juxtaposed against a still, starry backdrop.

Zenith DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire Limited Edition

Zenith DEFY Zero-G Sapphire Limited Edition

Overcoming the effects of gravity on chronometric precision has long been watchmakers’ ultimate goal. Zenith accomplished precisely this with its Gravity Control mechanism, where the regulating organ is fixed to a gimbal that always remains in a flat position regardless of how the watch is rotated.

Zenith DEFY Zero-G Sapphire Limited Edition

In this new timepiece, Zenith has completely redesigned the entire movement with a new architecture to enable a more open and exhibitive display, encapsulated in a transparent sapphire case that allows the singular mechanism to be admired from all angles: a first for the Manufacture.

Zenith DEFY Zero-G Sapphire Limited Edition

Like an object suspended in space and free from the effects of gravity, the off-centred dial of the DEFY Zero-G Sapphire combines several traditional crafts in a contemporary execution, handcrafted in a mosaic of meteorite, aventurine glass and grand feu enamel on a gold base.

Zenith DEFY Zero-G Sapphire Limited Edition

It depicts planet Mars on the small seconds, partially eclipsed by the hour and minute dial. A special touch that can only be seen when the watch is overhead is the back of the gyroscopic module, fashioned with a cratered texture mimicking the moon.

Zenith DEFY Zero-G Sapphire Limited Edition

The entire main plate and bridges of the movement are finished in a blue tone with contrasting grey rhodium chamfers, speckled with white stars of varying sizes. This astronomically inspired finish extends to the movement’s cylindrical container, which can also be viewed through the sides of the case.

The DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire and DEFY Zero-G Sapphire will be produced as a limited edition of 10 pieces each.

For the 20 owners of the DEFY Zero-G Sapphire and DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire limited editions, Zenith is offering the opportunity to live an unforgettable experience: a parabolic zero-gravity flight. Scheduled to take place in February 2022, Zenith has partnered with Novespace, a subsidiary of the French National Space Center, to offer the experience of weightlessness.

Guests will arrive at the Novespace facility in Bordeaux, France, where they will meet with their instructors. French astronaut Jean-François Clervoy will also be present at the pre-flight conference. The flight itself will consist of 15 parabolas, where the airplane ascends than plunges in a freefall to reproduces the effect of floating in weightlessness in a perceived absence of gravity.

Technical details

Model: Zenith Defy 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire
Reference: 04.9000.9020/00.R920

Movement
El Primero 9020 automatic
1/100th of a second Double Tourbillon Chronograph movement
1 Tourbillon escapement for the Watch (36,000 VpH – 5 Hz)
1Tourbillon escapement for the Chronograph (360,000 VpH – 50 Hz)
Exclusive dynamic signature of one rotation per second for the Chrono hand
Certified Chronometer
Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power reserve: approx. 50 hours

Functions
Hours and minutes in the centre
Double Tourbillon1 escapement for the Watch (36,000 VpH / 5 Hz – cage makes a turn in 60 seconds)
1 escapement for the Chronograph (360,000 VpH / 50 Hz – cage makes a turn in 5 seconds)
1/100th of a second Chronograph: Central chronograph hand that makes one turn each second, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, 60-second counter at 6 o’clock, Chronograph power-reserve indication at 12 o’clock

Case
Material: Sapphire
Diameter: 46mm
Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
Water resistance: 3 ATM

Dial
Open-worked
Hour markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with Super-Luminova® SLN C1
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with Super-Luminova® SLN C1

Bracelet
Black rubber with blue “cordura effect” fabric & grey stitching
Titanium double folding clasp

Edition
Limited edition 10 pieces

Price
180,000 CHF

Model: Zenith Defy Zero G Sapphire
Reference: 04.9000.8812/00.R920

Movement
El Primero 8812 S manual
Entirely skeletonised movement
“Gravity Control” gyroscopic module that ensures horizontal positioning of the regulating organ
Frequency 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power reserve: approx. 50 hours
Finishes: Exclusive bicolor signature on plates and bridges. Starry Sky finishing.

Functions
Hours and minutes excentred at 12 o’clock
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
Self-regulating Gravity Control module at 6 o’clock
Power-reserve indication at 2 o’clock

Case
Material: Sapphire
Diameter: 46mm
Water resistance: 3 ATM

Dial
Open-worked with meteorite & Aventurine hour & minute dial
Hour markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with SuperLuminova SLN C1
Hands: Rhodium-plated and faceted gold, coated with SuperLuminova SLN C1

Bracelet
Black rubber with blue “cordura effect” fabric& grey stitching
Titanium double folding clasp

Edition
Limited edition of 10 pieces

Price
160,000 CHF

Zenith Chronomaster Revival “Poker Chip” Limited Edition

Created in collaboration with Singapore-based watch magazine SJX Watches, the Chronomaster Revival “Poker Chip” is a modern reinterpretation of El Primero G383, a highly desirable vintage Zenith watch.

Zenith Chronomaster Revival “Poker Chip” Limited Edition

Affectionately nicknamed “Poker Chip” by collectors, the G383 was introduced in 1969 and is among the rarest and most sought-after iterations of the early El Primero variants.

Zenith Chronomaster Revival “Poker Chip” Limited Edition

Clearly a design with roots in the psychedelic era of the late 1960s, and reminiscent of the A386 and its tri-coloured dial, the G383 was characterised by a wildly sectored layout, making it one of the most extravagant designs of the decade. Developed in partnership with one of Zenith’s trusted dial suppliers at the time, the dial immediately stood out with its boldly alternating colours that recall a poker chip, earning it the nickname.

Zenith Chronomaster Revival “Poker Chip” Limited Edition

The Poker Chip dial is dark grey with printed segments in matte black and Super-Luminova. More “lume” can be found on the hour markers, chronograph scales, as well as the radial patterns around each register.

Zenith Chronomaster Revival “Poker Chip” Limited Edition

In a nod to Zenith’s landmark wristwatch, it uses the same 38 mm case as the El Primero A386, but executed in micro-blasted titanium, giving it a finely grained, dark-grey finish that echoes the colours of the dial. Within the titanium case – and visible through the sapphire back – is the El Primero movement, essentially the same calibre that made history in 1969.

Zenith Chronomaster Revival “Poker Chip” Limited Edition

Each Chronomaster Revival Poker Chip is delivered with two fabric straps, one in matte black and the other in pale green coated with Super-Luminova and is limited to 200 watches, available at Zenith boutiques and e-commerce worldwide and via SJX Watches.

Zenith Chronomaster Revival “Poker Chip” Limited Edition

Technical details

Model: Zenith Chronomaster Revival “Poker Chip”
Reference: 97.G383.400.38.C880

Movement
El Primero 400 Automatic
Automatic El Primero column-wheel chronograph movement
Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 50 hours

Functions
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
Tachymetric scale
Pulsometer scale
Date indication at 4:30

Case
Diameter: 38mm
Material: Microblasted titanium
Water-resistance: 5 ATM

Dial
Dark grey with printed segments in matt black and Super-LumiNova®
Reinterpretation of the Iconic “Poker Chip” dial
Hour-markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova® SLN C3
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova®SLNC3

Bracelet
Comes with two fabric straps, one in matt black and a full Luminova “Cordura” effect strap

Edition
Limited edition of 200 pieces
Available via SJX and on Zenith boutiques and e-commerce

Price
9,900 CHF

The Zenith Chronomaster Sport Wins the Chronograph Prize at GPHG 2021

At the annual Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, the world of watchmaking’s most prestigious annual award ceremony, the Zenith Chronomaster Sport was distinguished by the jury as the winner of the “Chronograph” category and represents the latest chapter in Zenith’s longstanding legacy of exceptional chronographs.

The Chronomaster line has been one of the most emblematic chronograph collections of the 21st century; steeped in Zenith’s tradition of making exceptional, standard-setting automatic chronographs. Pushing the boundaries of high-frequency precision, the Chronomaster Sport is the culmination point in Zenith’s unequalled legacy of automatic chronographs.

Crafted in a sleek and robust steel case measuring 41 mm wide with pump-style pushers, the polished black ceramic bezel sets the new Chronomaster Sport apart from its predecessors. Graduated over 10 seconds, the bezel’s bold contrast offers exceptional legibility on the periphery of the dial.

Zenith Chronomaster Sport
Zenith Chronomaster Sport

The result of over 50 years of working and perfecting the El Primero, the Chronomaster Sport line is equipped with the newest version of the legendary calibre, the El Primero 3600. With its high frequency of 5 Hz (36’000 VpH), the movement is able to precisely offer a 1/10th of second function that’s easily readable, displayed directly on the bezel as well as the dial.

Its autonomy has also been rendered more efficient, with an extended power reserve of 60 hours. Visible through the sapphire display back, the new architecture is strikingly evident, revealing a blue column wheel and open rotor marked with the five-pointed star Zenith.

Julien Tornare, Zenith CEO stated at the GPHG ceremony: “Today, the teams at the Zenith Manufacture and I are both humbled and proud of this reward. The El Primero, now over 50 years old, was a revolution for Zenith and all of watchmaking when it was released as the world’s first automatic high-frequency chronograph in 1969. Half-a-century later, it still inspires us to continue to innovate and push boundaries. The Chronomaster Sport represents the best of our past and the next chapter of the El Primero’s legacy, with a new level of performance in a dynamic and sporty design. I would like to extend my deepest thanks to the jury and academy members, and to all those who passionately support Zenith.”

ZENITH DEFY Extreme Desert Limited Edition

Zenith offers the first special edition of its most rugged chronograph to date, the DEFY Extreme Desert.

For this first special edition of the rugged DEFY Extreme, Zenith has stepped out onto uncharted territories, resulting in a piece that’s as much precision watchmaking as it is a wearable piece of art.

ZENITH DEFY Extreme Desert Limited Edition

Inspired by the wild and barren desert landscapes, the DEFY Extreme Desert represents a more artistic reimagining of the monolithic 1/100th of a second chronograph, and the first in a developing series of DEFY EXTREME models inspired by extreme environments.

ZENITH DEFY Extreme Desert Limited Edition

Crafted in a titanium case, the Defy Extreme Desert evokes the endless sandy horizon in a singular and unprecedented manner.

The component that protects the pushers as well as the dodecagonal bezel are crafted from falcon’s eye, a blue-grey opaque macro-crystalline quartz gemstone that’s named after the bird-of-prey that has accompanied desert nomads for centuries, soaring high above the horizon and symbolizing determination and endurance. When polished, the stone evokes a mirage of an oasis in the scorching desert heat.

ZENITH DEFY Extreme Desert Limited Edition

The hand-working of such an exotic gemstone into an integral part of the complex case’s structure is something that has never been attempted before in any watch. And as each stone is different and exhibits slightly different colours and fibrous structures, each of the 50 DEFY Extreme Desert watches is essentially a unique piece.

ZENITH DEFY Extreme Desert Limited Edition

The open dial of the DEFY Extreme Desert reveals the inner workings of the El Primero 21 movement beneath, topped by a tinted sapphire crystal for the counters and power reserve indicator in a warm beige-brown hue, complemented by beige luminescent markers and hands as well as applied chronograph counters in a matching tone.

ZENITH DEFY Extreme Desert Limited Edition

Completing the look of this conceptual piece are the supplied durable black Velcro strap and beige rubber strap, which can be easily swapped with the titanium bracelet using the quick strap-change mechanism on the back of the case.

ZENITH DEFY Extreme Desert Limited Edition

The DEFY Extreme Desert is available now at all Zenith boutiques around the world as well its online shop.

Technical details

Model: Zenith Defy Extreme Desert Edition
Reference: 95.9200.9004/77.I204

Movement
El Primero 9004 automatic
Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
1/100th of a second Chronograph movement, Exclusive dynamic signature of one rotation per second for the Chrono hand, 1 escapement for the Watch (36,000 VpH – 5 Hz); 1 escapement for the Chronograph (360,000 VpH – 50Hz),
Power reserve: min. 50 hours
Finishes: Black colored main plate on movement + Special black colored oscillating weight with satined finishings

Functions
Hours and minutes in the centre
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
1/100th of a second Chronograph: Central chronograph hand that makes one turn each second, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, 60-second counter at 6 o’clock
Chronograph power-reserve indication at 12 o’clock

Case
Material: Brushed titanium & falcon’s eye gemstone
Diameter: 45 mm
Thickness: 15.40 mm
Screwed-in crown
Water resistance: 20 ATM

Dial
Tinted sapphire with three beige-coloured counters
Hour markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with beige Superluminova
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with beige Superluminova

Bracelet
Titanium triple folding clasp and microblasted titanium bracelet
New Interchangeable strap system
Also comes with a beige rubber strap and a black Velcro® strap

Certification
Certified Chronometer

Edition
Limited edition of 50 pieces

Price
21,900 CHF

Zenith X Time+Tide Defy Classic Skeleton “Night Surfer” Limited Edition

Zenith presents the limited series Defy Classic Skeleton “Night Surfer” in collaboration with Time+Tide, one of the world’s leading publishers of watch content. This special edition model evokes Australia’s coastal lifestyle.

Zenith X Time+Tide Defy Classic Skeleton “Night Surfer” Limited Edition

Australia is one of the world’s premier surfing destinations. Millions of Australians take pleasure in surfing and Night Surfers are those, who surf after sunset. The gradient blue skeleton dial with the Super-LumiNova® treated Zenith star logo evokes the skies of Australian coasts during the sunset.

Zenith X Time+Tide Defy Classic Skeleton “Night Surfer” Limited Edition

Made of Micro-blasted titanium, this 41mm diameter timepiece features a desaturated matt black bezel. It is the first Zenith Defy Classic model to be fitted on a micro-blasted titanium bracelet. It is also the first Zenith model to have a Zenith star logo comprised of solid Super-LumiNova®. Moreover, it is the first Defy Classic Skeleton with a gradient dial and a luminous date frame.

Zenith X Time+Tide Defy Classic Skeleton “Night Surfer” Limited Edition

Rated for 100 metres water-resistance, the watch features an exhibition caseback offering a view of the Elite 670SK calibre. The Zenith Defy Classic Skeleton “Night Surfer” will be limited to 100 pieces, with 50 pieces allocated to Time+Tide and 50 pieces for Zenith boutiques around the world.

Zenith X Time+Tide Defy Classic Skeleton “Night Surfer” Limited Edition

Technical details

Model: Zenith DEFY CLASSIC NIGHT SURFER
Reference: 97.9000.670/26.M9000

Movement
Elite 670 SK automatic skeletonised movement
Frequency: 28,800 VPH (4 Hz)
Silicon escape-wheel and lever
Power reserve min. 50 hours
Special oscillating weight with satined finishing

Functions
Hours and minutes in the centre
Central seconds hand
Date indication at 6 o’clock

Case
Material: Micro-blasted titanium
Water resistance: 10 ATM
Diameter: 41 mm
Thickness: 10.75 mm

Dial
Open-worked dial
Applied star logo in SuperLuminova
Hour markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with Superluminova SLN C1
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with Superluminova SLN C1

Bracelet
Micro-blasted Titanium bracelet

Edition
Limited edition of 100 pieces: 50 pieces for Zenith Boutiques and at http://www.zenith-watches.com in the US, 50 pieces for Time+Tide

Price
8,900 CHF

Zenith Defy Midnight Pink Ribbon Edition

Pink Ribbon Switzerland is a charitable organization that spreads awareness about the breast cancer and the importance of early detection through various activities and fundraising initiative.

This year, the 11th annual Pink Ribbon breast cancer gala will take place at the Dolder Grand Hotel. A silent auction will be held during the gala dinner, where several one-off items will be sold to help finance breast cancer studies for young patients of the “International Breast Cancer Study Group”, one of the few research projects that focuses on early detection of a breast cancer in a younger demographic of women.

Zenith Defy Midnight Pink Ribbon Edition

The DEFY Midnight Pink Ribbon edition watch by Zenith is a unique piece created exclusively for the Pink Ribbon gala.

The DEFY Midnight is crafted in a 36mm steel case with contemporary sleek lines. This one-off piece features a glossy pink dial, with a vertical gradient effect that darkens from the bottom to the top.

Embellished with stars and diamond hour-markers, the dial evokes the break of dawn. Further enriching the dial, the bezel is set with 44 pink sapphires of varying colours that are arranged to match the gradient effect of the dial.

Zenith Defy Midnight Pink Ribbon Edition

Like all DEFY Midnight pieces, the Pink Ribbon unique piece comes with a steel bracelet as well as a white rubber strap with pink leather and a black rubber strap with a velvet effect, which can easily be interchanged using the quick strap-change mechanism integrated in the case.

Technical details

Model: Zenith DEFY MIDNIGHT Reference: 16.9201.670/10.MI001

Movement
Elite 670 SK, Automatic
Frequency: 28,800 VpH (4Hz)
Power-reserve: min. 50 hours

Functions
Hours and minutes in the centre
Central seconds hand
Date indication at 3 o’clock

Case
Material: Stainless steel with diamond-set bezel
Diameter: 36mm
Water-resistance: 10 ATM

Gem-setting
Carats 1.9 cts total, Bezel 44 VS brilliant-cut pink gradient sapphires, Dial 11 VS brilliant-cut diamonds

Dial
Gradient pink dial with starry sky pattern
Hour-markers: Diamond hour-markers
Hands: Rhodium-plated and faceted, coated with Super-Luminova SLN

Bracelet & Buckle
Stainless steel with interchangeable strap system
Comes with 2 additional straps: a white rubber strap covered in pink leather and a black rubber strap covered in a velvet effect

Edition
Unique piece

Price estimate
13,900-15,900 CHF

Zenith Chronomaster Original E-commerce Edition

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.

Zenith Chronomaster Original E-commerce Edition

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.

Zenith Chronomaster Original E-commerce Edition

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.

Zenith Chronomaster Original E-commerce Edition

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.

Zenith Chronomaster Original E-commerce Edition

The Chronomaster Original E-commerce edition is available as of now exclusively on the Zenith online boutique.

Technical details

Model: Zenith Chronomaster Original E-commerce
Reference: 03.3200.3600/34.C869

Movement
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
Stop-second mechanism

Functions
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

Case
Diameter: 38 mm
Material: stainless steel
Water-resistance: 5 ATM
Caseback: sapphire crystal

Dial
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

Bracelet
Grey calfskin leather with special stitchings and stainless steel triple folding clasp.

Price
8,400 CHF

Zenith Chronomaster Original Boutique Edition

To celebrate the opening of its Manufacture boutique in Le Locle, Swiss luxury watch brand Zenith introduces its latest boutique-exclusive special edition, the Chronomaster Original Boutique Edition. It is one and only Zenith boutique in Switzerland.

This special edition combines the instantly recognizable and lauded design codes of the earliest El Primero steel chronographs from 1969 with the iconic automatic high-frequency chronograph calibre’s latest iteration that measures and displays elapsed time in 1/10th fractions of a second.

Zenith Chronomaster Original Boutique Edition

This Boutique Edition boasts a striking blue dial, paired with silver chronograph registers for a historically inspired yet totally original look..

The watch comes fitted on a steel bracelet with a retail price of 8,900 CHF. The version with blue calfskin leather strap costs 8,400 CHF. The Chronomaster Original Boutique Edition is available at all Zenith boutiques around the world as well its online shop.

Technical details

Model: Zenith Chronomaster Original Boutique Edition
Reference: 03.3200.3600/51.M3200

Zenith Chronomaster Original Boutique Edition

Movement
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
Date indication at 4:30
Stop-second mechanism

Functions
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

Case
38-mm
Material: stainless steel
Water-resistance: 5 ATM
Caseback: sapphire crystal

Dial
Blue-toned with silver-toned counters
Hour-markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova® SLN C1
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova® SLN C1

Bracelet
Stainless steel bracelet and stainless steel double folding clasp.

Price
8,900 CHF

Model: Zenith Chronomaster Original Boutique Edition
Reference: 03.3200.3600/51.C902

Zenith Chronomaster Original Boutique Edition

Movement
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
Date indication at 4:30
Stop-second mechanism

Functions
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

Case
38-mm
Material: stainless steel
Caseback: sapphire crystal

Dial
Blue-toned with silver-toned counters
Water-resistance: 5 ATM
Hour-markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova® SLN C1
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova® SLN C1

Bracelet
Blue calfskin leather strap with stainless steel triple folding clasp

Price
8,400 CHF

ZENITH & FELIPE PANTONE DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Only Watch 2021 Unique Piece

A fervent supporter of the Only Watch auction since its very first edition in 2005, Zenith presents this time a unique piece of the DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon, the Manufacture’s most advanced and complex chronograph to date.

For its 9th consecutive contribution to the biennial Only Watch charity auction, Zenith brought acclaimed op artist Felipe Pantone onboard to take the codes from their highly acclaimed collaborative DEFY 21 Felipe Pantone and push the chromatic concept even further.

Extremely complex and highly technical, the DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon watch incorporates two independent regulating tourbillons operating at 5Hz for the timekeeping function of the movement and 50Hz for the 1/100th of a second chronograph, which rotate at rates of 60 seconds and 5 seconds respectively.

ZENITH & FELIPE PANTONE DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Only Watch 2021 Unique Piece

In the unique DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Only Watch 2021, Felipe Pantone translated his acclaimed design language to the movement’s decoration as well as the open dial.

Using the principal of interference colours, the coating on the bridges reflects a gradient of metallic rainbow tones, marking the first time the innovative three-dimensional PVD with silicon particles as a surface treatment on a tourbillon chronograph movement to produce a spectrum of perfectly transitioning colours.

The entire movement is fixed within a metal container that is also given the same rainbow effect. The case back view also delights with the same rainbow PVD coating on the bridges, where “Unique Piece” is engraved on one of them under the blackened star-shaped winding rotor.

Allowing as much light as possible onto the vividly coloured inner workings of this mechanical marvel, Zenith opted for a case made entirely of transparent sapphire crystal for the first time in the Defy collection. Adored for its crystal-clear transparency and extreme hardness, synthetic sapphire requires a long series of painstaking processes to reach its final form – from precisely moulding the highly three-dimensional elements to finishing and polishing them to perfection.

On the dial side, the central hour and minute hands take on a distorted look resembling lightning bolts, a recurring element in Pantone’s work. Like the movement, a rainbow gradient of colours in PVD is applied onto the hands, while each of the applied hour markers is filled with a different colour. The moiré optical effect on the dial was produced by thin alternating white and black using fine laser-engraving and precise lacquering techniques.

The DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Only Watch 2021 comes in a special box resembling an art book, as well as an original signed artwork by Felipe Pantone. Titled “Optichromie 135 Z”, this enamel and UV paint on aluminium painting in the artist’s signature style measures 170x120cm and is in fact the artwork that Pantone created for Zenith, which was then miniaturized and reproduced for the DEFY 21 Felipe Pantone edition’s packaging.

The DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Only Watch 2021 unique piece will be auctioned by Christie’s in Geneva on November 6th 2021, with all proceeds from the sale benefitting the Association Monégasque contre les Myopathie.

Technical details

Model: Zenith Defy 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire Felipe Pantone Unique Piece
Reference: 04.9001.9020.46.R782

Movement
El Primero 9020 automatic
Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power reserve approx. 50 hours
1/100th of a second Double Tourbillon Chronograph movement
1 Tourbillon escapement for the Watch (36,000 VpH – 5 Hz)
1 Tourbillon escapement for the Chronograph (360,000 VpH – 50Hz)
Exclusive dynamic signature of one rotation per second for the Chrono hand
Certified Chronometer

Functions
Hours and minutes in the centre
Double Tourbillon: 1 escapement for the Watch (36,000 VpH / 5 Hz – cage makes a turn in 60 second) 1 escapement for the Chronograph (360,000 VpH / 50 Hz – cage makes a turn in 5 second)
1/100th of a second Chronograph: Central chronograph hand that makes one turn each second, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, 60-second counter at 6 o’clock, Chronograph power-reserve indication at 12 o’clock

Movement finishes
“Rainbow” PVD-coated bridges + Black laser engraved main plate on movement and special oscillating weight

Case
Material: Sapphire
Diameter: 46mm
Water resistance: 3 ATM

Dial
Open-worked with rainbow finishing
Hour markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with “Rainbow” varnish
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and “Rainbow” PVD coated

Bracelet
Black rubber, titanium double folding clasp

Price estimate
200’000-220’000 CHF

Zenith Welcomes Xiao Zhan as Its Newest Brand Ambassador

Swiss luxury watch brand Zenith has appointed sensational Chinese actor and singer Xiao Zhanas its newest brand ambassador.

The acclaimed actor and singer is an inspiration and role model to countless youth in and out of China, where he is often the top-ranking and most engaging celebrity on platforms such as Weibo. He sets an example by striving for achievement and giving back to worthy causes, such as donating medical equipment during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Zenith Welcomes Xiao Zhan as Its Newest Brand Ambassador

Whether it’s his acting career or his ongoing musical projects, Xiao Zhan addresses every challenge with positivity and perseverance to constantly push himself. His faith, passion and drive have catapulted him to becoming a highly regarded and influential voice in Chinese popular culture. Xiao Zhan is always looking for new challenges to broaden his scope as an actor and sharpen his skills.

It is this spirit of constantly seeking to outperform oneself and break boundaries to reach new stars that make him the perfect ambassador for Zenith and its “Time To Reach Your Star” motto. This is also embodied by the DEFY Extreme collection that combines industry-leading performance and precision into a resolutely modern package, made for exploring unknown horizons and charting one’s own path.

Discussing the partnership, Zenith CEO Julien Tornare said: “We are delighted to welcome Mr. Xiao Zhan to the Zenith family. Undaunted by challenges, he has always pushed himself in his career, and the same can be said for Zenith. Breaking down boundaries to forge ahead, Zenith will partner with its new brand ambassador Xiao Zhan to embrace the future together with the spirit of Time To Reach Your Star.”

Xiao also shared: “It is my pleasure to be the Brand Ambassador of Zenith, a brand possessing ahistory spanning over 150 years. We both share a drive to always do better; to always deliver more out of ourselves and break boundaries. It is the devotion and persistence on excellence in watchmaking that drives Zenith to unceasingly surpass itself, just like I try to do in all my endeavors. Together with Zenith, I will continue to pursue my dream– against all odds.”

Zenith Chronomaster Original

Swiss luxury watch brand Zenith expands its automatic chronograph product range by launching the Chronomaster Original.

Zenith Chronomaster Original automatic chronograph collection 2021

Not many watches have been as influential and truly iconic as the Zenith A386. Introduced in 1969, it was one of the first steel watches to be equipped with the revolutionary El Primero calibre – the world’s first automatic high-frequency integrated chronograph movement.

Over 50 years later, the El Primero remains the benchmark of precision among automatic chronograph movements, giving way to new versions and iterations in a constant evolution of technology and performance.

While Zenith has paid tribute to many of its emblematic historical references, including gold versions of the A386 in its Chronomaster Revival collection that debuted during the El Primero’s 50th anniversary.

Zenith Chronomaster Original stainless steel chronograph

But beyond a contemporary reinterpretation of this iconic chronograph, Zenith has gone a step further with the Chronomaster Original. It masterfully retains the singular and enduringly relevant design of the A386 while packing the performance of the modern version of the El Primero boasting 1/10th of a second precision and time measurement.

Zenith Chronomaster Original rose gold chronograph

Upon a first glance, the Chronomaster Original, and the A386 it’s based on, appear nearly identical. The 38mm round bezel-less steel case with a raised and domed crystal, the pump-style chronograph pushers, the faceted lugs and the mix of radial brushed and polished surfaces throughout are indistinguishable between the past and present models.

The steel bracelet has been reimagined, foregoing the open “ladder” design of the 1960s for solid links that are sumptuously chamfered and decorated in the same fashion as the case.

Zenith Chronomaster Original automatic chronograph stainless steel version

The Chronomaster Original’s distinctive dial design highlights the emblematic tri-colour chronograph registers in shades of grey and blue, the trapezoid date window at 04:30 and the red chronograph second hand.

The black inner scale surrounding the dial of the A386, once used to calculate time spent working using a 1/100th of an hour time division system, finds a new purpose in the Chronomaster Original, with its 1/10th of a second chronograph hand making a rotation around the dial in 10 seconds, totalling 100 measurable time units.

Zenith Chronomaster Original automatic chronograph rose gold

Substituting the tachymeter scale on the outer circumference on the dial, a 1/10th of a second chronograph scale takes its place, allowing for the measurement and reading of elapsed time in precise fractions of a second.

And for instantaneous, precise reading of the 10th of a second, the paddle-shaped seconds hand of the original A386 has been replaced with a straight, red-lacquered hand. The logo has also been updated to the more contemporary script Zenith uses today.

The Chronomaster Original is equipped with the latest version of the El Primero calibre, dubbed the El Primero 3600. With its high frequency of 5 Hz (36’000 VpH), the movement is able to precisely offer a true 1/10th of second indication. It comes with an extended power reserve of 60 hours.

Zenith Chronomaster Original case back view

Visible through the sapphire display back, the new architecture features a sleeker and more open design, revealing a blue column wheel and open rotor marked with the five-pointed star Zenith.

Apart from the signature steel with tri-colour dial configuration, the Chronomaster Original is available in two other versions: A steel case with a “reverse panda” black dial with silver chronograph registers, and an 18k rose gold version with the tri-colour dial.

The Chronomaster Original collection is available now at Zenith Boutiques, e-commerce and authorized retailers around the world.

Technical details

Key points
Automatic El Primero column-wheel chronograph able to measure and display 1/10th of a second
Increased power reserve of 60 hours
Date indication at 4:30
Stop-second mechanism

Movement
El Primero 3600 Automatic
Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power reserve: approx. 60 hours

Functions
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.

Models

Zenith Chronomaster Original Steel, Reference: 03.3200.3600/69.M3200

Zenith Chronomaster Original stainless steel model with silver dial and stainless steel bracelet

Case
38-mm
Material: stainless steel
Caseback: sapphire crystal
Water-resistance: 5 ATM

Dial
Silver with three-colors sub dials signature
Hour-markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova®SLN C1
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova®SLN C1

Bracelet & Buckle
Stainless steel bracelet and stainless steel double folding clasp

Price
8,900 CHF

Zenith Chronomaster Original Steel, Reference: 03.3200.3600/69.C902

Zenith Chronomaster Original stainless steel model with silver dial and blue calfskin strap

Case
38-mm
Material: stainless steel
Caseback: sapphire crystal
Water-resistance: 5 ATM

Dial
Silver with three-colors sub dials signature
Hour-markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova®SLN C1
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova®SLN C1

Bracelet & Buckle
Blue calfskin strap with stainless steel triple folding clasp

Price
8,400 CHF

Zenith Chronomaster Original Steel, Reference: 03.3200.3600/21.M3200

Zenith Chronomaster Original stainless steel model with matte black dial, silver toned counters and Stainless steel bracelet

Case
38-mm
Material: stainless steel
Water-resistance: 5 ATM
Caseback: sapphire crystal

Dial
Black matte with silver-toned counters
Hour-markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with beige Super-LumiNova®SLN
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with beige Super-LumiNova®SLN

Bracelet & Buckle
Stainless steel bracelet and stainless steel double folding clasp

Price
8,900 CHF

Zenith Chronomaster Original Steel, Reference: 03.3200.3600/21.C903

Zenith Chronomaster Original stainless steel model with matte black dial, silver toned counters and Beige calfskin strap

Case
38-mm
Material: Stainless steel
Caseback: sapphire crystal
Water-resistance: 5 ATM

Dial
Black matte with silver-toned counters
Hour-markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with beige Super-LumiNova®SLN
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with beige Super-LumiNova®SLN

Bracelet & Buckle
Beige calfskin strap with stainless steel triple folding clasp

Price
8,400 CHF

Zenith Chronomaster Original Rose Gold, Reference: 18.3200.3600/69.C901

Zenith Chronomaster Original 18 carat rose gold model with silver dial

Case
38-mm
Material: 18-ct Rose gold
Caseback: sapphire crystal
Water-resistance: 5 ATM

Dial
Silver with three-colors sub dials signature
Hour-markers: Gold-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova®SLN C1
Hands: Gold-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova®SLN C1

Bracelet & Buckle
Brown calfskin strap with rose gold triple folding clasp

Price
18,900 CHF

Zenith Opens the Doors to Its Newly Revamped Shanghai and Paris Le Bon Marché Boutiques with Two Exclusive Zenith Icons Collections

Swiss luxury watch brand Zenith is continuing its revamping of existing boutiques and opening of new to roll-out its new design concept around the world.

After the opening of its redesigned Ginza boutique, Zenith now welcomes clients at its freshly refurbished boutiques in Shanghai and Paris to step into the brand’s universe and browse the full range of its watches and exclusive editions.

Visitors will be able to discover a different ZENITH ICONS thematic capsule collection of vintage watches at each boutique, which vary in terms of the offering as well as the theme that unites them.

The recently inaugurated Zenith Shanghai flagship boutique on Nanjing West Road is the ultimate destination for watch lovers and Zenith fans in China. With a novel, immersive boutique concept, Zenith has imagined new ways to recount the many stories that have shaped Switzerland’s first and most innovative integrated manufacture.

Zenith Shanghai flagship boutique on Nanjing West Road

From the outside, the façade of the Zenith Shanghai flagship boutique incites intrigue and curiosity, with backlit stars taking on the four-pointed shape that was once Zenith’s logo from 1969, composed of intertwined “Z” characters. These stars surrounding the logo light up then fade away, evoking the twinkling stars embellishing the night sky.

Upon entering, visitors are greeted to warm neutral tones give way to a central blue element, stretching from the floor to the ceiling and backlit to evoke a starry night sky – a symbolic element central to Zenith’s lore from the time of its foundation.

Zenith Shanghai flagship boutique on Nanjing West Road

Beyond discovering its watches and comprehensive assortment of limited and exclusive editions, the redesign of the two boutiques in Shanghai and Paris now accommodates a “Story Bar”, allowing visitors to take a moment to relax and delve deeper into the Zenith universe in a surprising and unexpected way.

When interacting with any of the various objects on and around the Story Bar, videos about the significance of what these objects represent as well as the inspirational stories of individuals from Zenith’s past and present begin to play on a screen at the end of the bar.

Each of the brand’s four main collections are displayed in specially coloured and designed display cases. And for those who prefer privacy while shopping, the cosy VIP room allows for a more intimate experience.

The Shanghai flagship boutique is the second to receive its own ZENITH ICONS thematic capsule collection, featuring some of the earliest and most important El Primero references in steel from 1969 to 1972 in what has been dubbed “ZENITH ICONS – ACT I”.

ZENITH ICONS WATCH-BOX

For the Paris Le Bon Marché Boutique, a new type of category within ZENITH ICONS is making its debut, where the capsule collection highlights some of the historical references that have inspired current Zenith creations rather than a specific period.

Named “ZENITH ICONS – GENESIS – Chronomaster Sport”, this capsule collection explores some of the most emblematic past models from which the Chronomaster Sport has taken design cues from.

ZENITH ICONS – ACT I @ Shanghai Boutique

A384

The A384 made its debut in 1969 as the face of the El Primero that figured on launch press cuttings and on the cover of the first El Primero brochures. It stands out with its “square barrel” case signed with the Zenith 4-pointed star logo and its “panda” dial – which has turned tropical in this case, making it all the more desirable.

A385

One of the original trio of stainless steel references that launched alongside the El Primero calibre, the A385 is the model Zenith chose for its advertisements and photo-shoots in 1969. It left its mark on the era with its “shaded smoky brown” gradient dial, unprecedented at the time, and its “square barrel” case, signed with the Zenith 4-pointed star logo.

A386

What would become the template for Zenith’s signature Chronomaster line, the A386 was launched in 1969 in a more classical round-case with straight lugs variant of the first El Primero-equipped watch. It garnered attention for its unprecedented tri-colour chronograph counters and decimal scale, becoming one of the most significant references in the history of the El Primero calibre and an icon among chronograph wristwatches.

A3818

Nicknamed the “Cover Girl” for its appearance on the cover of Manfred Rössler’s book “Zenith: Swiss Watch Manufacture Since 1865”, the A3818 made its debut in 1971 and stood out for its vertically satin-brushed oxidized blue dial, with a “pyramid track” fractional scale. Only 1’000 examples of the A3818 were produced in total.

ZENITH ICONS – GENESIS – CHRONOMASTER SPORT@ Paris Boutique

A277

A chronograph that predates the El Primero by a year, the A277 was produced from 1968 to 1970 and featured a “reverse panda” dial with a black rotating bezel featuring both dot and baton markers. These types of markings inspired the engraved black ceramic bezel of the Chronomaster Sport.

A386

Perhaps the most iconic of all Zenith El Primero chronographs, the A386 was launched in 1969 and is immediately recognizable with its tri-colour chronograph counters; a design element that has been transmitted across generations of the Chronomaster line, including the Chronomaster Sport.

El Primero “DeLuca”

Produced between 1988 and 1996, the El Primero “De Luca” line was featured several references throughout the years with different dial configurations. Across the series however, the De Luca was always fitted on a steel three-link bracelet with satin-brushed side links and polished centre links; a predecessor to the Chronomaster Sport’s metal bracelet in form and finish.

ZENITH WATCHES

Founded in Le Locle in 1865 by a visionary watchmaker, Georges Favre-Jacot, the Manufacture Zenith earned swift recognition for the precision of its chronometers with which it has won 2,333 chronometry prizes in a century and a half of existence: an absolute record in terms of pocket watches, onboard timers and wristwatches.

Having earned fame thanks to its legendary El Primero calibre – an integrated automatic column-wheel chronograph movement launched in 1969 and endowed with a high frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour that ensures short-time measurements accurate to the nearest 1/10th of a second– the Manufacture Zenith has since developed over 600 movement variations. This Manufacture currently stands at the exact spot where its founder built the first company workshop, there by physically embodying a continuity that is a rarity in itself.

From the 1870s onwards, Georges Favre-Jacot played a pioneering role by developing his company on an international scale, as this pocket watch dating from approximately 1890 testifies. It bears his signature and was made for the Russian market, as is apparent from the Cyrillic characters appearing on the white enamelled dial– ГЕОРГЪФАВРЪЖАКO – Локлъ (Georges Favre-Jacot – Locle) – and engraved on the domed cover – Hусскiечасы – Анкеръ 15 Камней – ГЕОРГЪФАВРЪЖАКО – Локлъ – Верныйходъ (Russian watch – 15-jewel lever – Georges Favre-Jacot – Locle – Precise movement).

Zenith Russian pocket watch

Moreover, the three movement bridges form the initials GFJ. Much in vogue during the late 19th century, this type of movement is nonetheless very rare and thus extremely hard to find these days. It is worth noting that the founder of the Manufacture made another innovative move in deciding to have his name registered as a trademark.

It all began in LeLocle, a small village in the Neuchâtel Mountains of Switzerland, with an exceptional young man. His name was Georges Favre. At the age of 9, he left school and began learning the watchmaking trade. At the age of 13, he was ready to set up on his own. Seven years later, while still a minor, he married Louisine-Philippine Jacot-Descombes and took the name Favre-Jacot. A larger-than-life character driven by a fiercely independent spirit, this future captain of industry was also a visionary.

He did far more than just set up his own factory. In an age when movement parts were made by conscientious yet scattered and isolated farmers who turned watchmakers in winter, the future boss invented a milestone concept. It involved regrouping under the roof of his factory all the skills and talents required for the complete production of a watch. Today, we would call this vertical integration. In 1865, it was a revolution in the manner of exercising the watchmaking art in the region. Georges Favre-Jacot was only 22 years old at the time.

Georges Favre-Jacot
Georges Favre-Jacot

Georges Favre-Jacot was to prove himself an innovator in all areas of his company and fought hard to ensure he was constantly able to count on a state-of-the-art industrial facility.

This was already apparent in the architecture of the premises. The spacious and light-filled workshops featured large windows and these buildings were the first in the town to be equipped with electric lighting. They were linked by passages enabling people to walk from one workshop to another while remaining sheltered from the elements. Meeting all requirements and having everything in the same place: Georges Favre-Jacot’s vision of efficiency.

This avant-garde approach also governed the entire production chain. The concept enabled the entrepreneur in LeLocle to play a trailblazing role in the watch industry, by integrating a foundry, rolling-mills, stamping, case and dial-making within his Manufacture. A few years later, Henry Ford was to instate a similar concept in his Detroit factory. In parallel, Georges Favre-Jacot put in place a system that nobody had thought of before: interchangeable components, whatever the movement.

Finally, it also determined the entire work organisation. Georges Favre-Jacot had the idea of varying the tasks accomplished by the artisans in order to avoid monotony. He had them fix their stools on rails, much like today’s office chairs, thus enabling them to move from one workstation to the next without getting up and to maintain the same position in relation to the workbench. Moreover, Georges Favre-Jacot was doubtless the first in the watch industry to implement automated production.

This tireless innovator also instilled into his burgeoning company and his personnel a resolutely enterprising spirit that was to become a Zenith tradition.

The town of Le Locle, as well as being Zenith’s birthplace, is also acknowledged as the worldwide cradle of watchmaking. It is thus no coincidence that in 2009, along with neighbouring La Chaux-de-Fonds, it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its industrial watchmaking architecture and town planning. Zenith naturally contributes to this status, having housed for 150 years and in the very same spot one of watchmaking history’s first industrial Manufactures in the modern sense of the term.

At the start of the 20th century, Zenith became one of the first manufacturers to participate in the boom of the new trend that soon appeared on men’s wrists everywhere: the wristwatch. Among the first timepieces of this type produced by the Manufacture, this extremely rare model is fitted with a dial also bearing the signature of Georges Favre-Jacot.

zenith first wristwatch

While its construction is very similar to that of a pocket watch, notably with its large-sized winding crown, this watch is nonetheless driven by a Zenith movement featuring a modern architecture. This model dating from 1911 features a white enamel dial with small seconds at 6 o’clock. The Arabic hour numerals are black from 1 to 11 and red at 12. This visual marker, drawing the gaze and enabling instant reading, was a direct heir to the highly readable dials of pocket watches.

Since its establishment in 1865, Zenith became the first watch manufacture in the modern sense of the term, and its watches have accompanied extraordinary figures that dreamt big and strived to achieve the impossible – from Louis Blériot’s history-making flight across the English Channel to Felix Baumgartner’s record-setting stratospheric free-fall jump.

With innovation as its guiding star, Zenith features exceptional in-house developed and manufactured movements in all its watches. From the first automatic chronograph, the El Primero, to the fastest chronograph with a 1/100th of a second precision, the El Primero 21, as well as the Inventor that reinvents the regulating organ by replacing the 30+ components with a single monolithic element, the manufacture is always pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. Zenith has been shaping the future of Swiss watchmaking since 1865, accompanying those who dare to challenge themselves and break barriers.

Website: https://www.zenith-watches.com/

Zenith Chronomaster Revival Safari

The Chronomaster Revival Safari is a lush reinterpretation of an iconic Zenith El Primero chronograph from 1969.

The geometry and overall proportions of this fresh and modern chronograph are identical to those of the historical A384, but the look and feel of the case couldn’t be more different. Instead of the traditionally finished stainless steel in a mix of satin-brushed and polished surfaces, the Safari is crafted in titanium that’s lighter yet harder than steel.

Zenith Chronomaster Revival Safari

The entire case including the star-emblazoned crown and pump-style pushers are fashioned in an intriguingly muted finish that’s entirely micro-blasted to bring out the dark nuances of titanium by absorbing light rather than reflecting it.

Exhibiting tones ranging from deep olive-green to cooler spruce tones, the dial of the Chronomaster Revival Safari is a deep matte green with contrasting black registers and tachymeter scale, with a touch of vintage inspiration with its warm beige-coloured SuperLumiNova on the applied baton markers and hands.

Zenith Chronomaster Revival Safari

The white on green date wheel is perfectly camouflaged with the rest of the dial; legible when you need it but never distracting. The rubber and cordura-effect strap takes on the same khaki-green tone as the dial, and is fixed to a matte micro-blasted titanium pin buckle.

The El Primero 400 automatic high-frequency column-wheel chronograph calibre is visible through the display back. In production since 1969 and gradually evolved throughout the years, this is the closest iteration to the original version of the seminal chronograph movement.

The Chronomaster Revival Safari is available from Zenith boutiques & e-commerce from June 2021.

Technical details

Model: Zenith Chronomaster Revival “Safari”
Reference: 97.T384.400.57.C856

Movement
El Primero 400 Automatic column-wheel chronograph
Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 50 hours

Functions
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
Tachymetric scale
Date indication at 4:30

Case
Diameter: 37mm
Material: microblasted titanium
Water-resistance: 5 ATM

Dial
Khaki green with black counters
Hour-markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with beige Super-LumiNova®SLN
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with beige Super-LumiNova®SLN

Price
8,900 CHF

Bracelet
Khaki green “cordura effect” strap and white stitching
Microblasted titanium pin buckle

Zenith Chronomaster Revival A3817

When the El Primero calibre made its groundbreaking debut in 1969, Zenith chose to house it in two broad but distinct watch categories. On one hand, there were sportier models in tonneau-shaped steel cases, such as the A384, and on the other, more classical round cases in steel or gold, most notably the A386.

Released in 1971, the A3817 was the exception to the rule. It combined the sportier steel tonneau-shaped case of the earliest steel El Primero references with the striking tri-colour dial of the A386, resulting in a unique and appealing aesthetic that continues to resonate with vintage chronograph enthusiasts. Given that only 1000 of the A3817 were ever produced, it remains one of the most distinguished, elusive and sought-after references among the early El Primero watches.

Zenith Chronomaster Revival A3817

The Chronomaster Revival A3817 is crafted in the same angled tonneau-shaped case with pump-style pushers as the original, using historical blueprints and reverse-engineering to preserve the original proportions and finishes. Zenith waited two years after the launch of the El Primero in 1969 before introducing the iconic tri-colour dial to its sportier tonneau case, albeit with a slightly different execution in both function and aesthetic when compared to the A386.

Like its ancestor of 1971, the Chronomaster Revival A3817 features a white lacquered dial with chronograph counters done in the instantly recognizable tones of grey and blue, with the running seconds counter at 9 o’clock done with blue markers, indicated by the single blue hand on the dial.

The outer tachymeter scale also serves as a pulsometer, an especially handy and precise function provided by the high-frequency 5Hz (36’000 VpH) escapement of the El Primero movement. The seconds track is done in a pyramid pattern affectionately nicknamed the “shark tooth” scale, which enhances legibility with a distinctly retro touch.

Through the open display case back, one of the few differences between the original A3817 with a solid steel case back and the Revival model, one can admire the legendary El Primero high-frequency automatic chronograph calibre that has remained a staple among chronograph movements for over 50 years.

Completing the retro look and feel of the Chronomaster Revival A3817, two strap options are proposed: the first is the steel “ladder” bracelet, a modern remake of the Gay Frères bracelets that became emblematic of the early El Primero watches; and the other is a light brown calf leather strap that will develop a patina unique to each wearer.

The Chronomaster Revival A3817 is undoubtedly a welcome addition to the collection for those who appreciate one of the rarer early steel El Primero references, faithfully reproduced with all the charm and performance of the original.

The Chronomaster A3817 is exclusively available at Zenith Boutiques around the world as well as its online shop from May 2021.

Technical details

Model: Zenith Chronomaster Revival A3817, Boutique edition
Reference: 03.A384.400/3817.M3817

Zenith Chronomaster Revival A3817

Movement
El Primero 400 Automatic
Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 50 hours

Functions
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
Tachymetric scale
Pulsometer scale
Date indication at 4:30

Case
Diameter: 37 mm
Material: stainless steel
Water-resistance: 5 ATM

Dial
White-lacquered dial with three different-coloured counters
Hour-markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with beige Super-LumiNova®SLN
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with beige Super-LumiNova®SLN

Bracelet
Stainless steel “ladder” bracelet and double folding clasp

Price
8,400 CHF

Model: Zenith Chronomaster Revival A3817, Boutique edition
Reference: 03.A384.400/3817.C855

Zenith Chronomaster Revival A3817

Movement
El Primero 400 Automatic
Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 50 hours

Functions
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
Tachymetric scale
Pulsometer scale
Date indication at 4:30

Case
37 mm diameter
Material: stainless steel
Water-resistance: 5 ATM

Dial
White-lacquered dial with three different-coloured counters
Hour-markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with beige Super-LumiNova®SLN
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with beige Super-LumiNova®SLN

Bracelet
Light brown calfskin leather strap with protective rubber lining. Stainless steel pin buckle.

Price
7,900 CHF

Zenith Icons Collection

In a bid to preserve its most revered historical references and offer them a second life while allowing watch enthusiasts to own a piece of watchmaking history, the Zenith Manufacture has created Zenith ICONS – a new concept offering the possibility of acquiring a curated selection of iconic and highly sought-after vintage Zenith watches.

Offering only the finest examples of historically important references, Zenith Icons watches are sourced, restored and certified by the Manufacture in Le Locle and sold exclusively at Zenith’s boutique.

Zenith invites its customers to discover and shop some of its most significant creations from the comfort and convenience of a Zenith boutique, with the peace of mind in knowing that there can be no doubt about the watch’s provenance and history, and that it has been restored faithfully by the Manufacture with complete traceability.

ZENITH Icons A385

To offer a Zenith Icons watch, it all begins with finding the right piece. The Manufacture laboriously tracks down the finest, most well-preserved examples of its most iconic historical references. Once a watch is found that appears to be in excellent condition, the Manufacture works with its Heritage department that conducts research tracing back the origins of the watch, to ensure that all parts are genuine and coherent.

Thanks to a massive archive spanning the entire history of the manufacture’s production, Zenith is able to identify and authenticate even the smallest component of any watch it has ever built. Once the Heritage Department approves a watch, the Manufacture purchases it and hands it to the Heritage team, who conduct further inspections on it.

After the watch has been approved by the Heritage department, it enters the restoration phase. Here, the objective is to preserve its original condition and respect its patrimony, retaining as much of the original parts and materials as possible. In the event that certain components have to be replaced to preserve the longevity of its functionality, Zenith will use historical components.

The final and most important step in the watch’s future life: The issuing of a passport that ensures its traceability for the rest of its new life. It is printed as a unique example and is stored digitally in the Zenith Archives, within the Manufacture’s Heritage Department.

ZENITH Icons A385

Zenith provides a3-year warranty for its Icons watches, covering the movement and any manufacturing defects and normal wear-and-tear of components. And to complete the historical experience, the watches are delivered in a special blue leather case, inspired by those that Zenith offered in the past.

Given the rarity of these historical references and the amount of time for research and restoration work required, Zenith ICONS is a highly exclusive collection of curated timepieces that are available at Zenith boutiques around the world, beginning with Ginza since October 2020 and next Shanghai, before being offered by other Zenith boutiques around the world over the coming months.

With this second destination added for the Zenith ICONS collection, Zenith is entering a new phase of the program to reach watch enthusiasts in different markets. The aim is to release Zenith Icons pieces as capsule collections, bringing together references with a shared history, function or theme.

One of the first collections, available at Shanghai Nanjing West Road Boutique, will focus on some of the earliest and most iconic El Primero references from 1969 to 1972.

A384

The A384 made its debut in 1969 as the face of the El Primero that figured on launch press cuttings and on the cover of the firstEl Primero brochures. It stands out with its “square barrel” case signed with the Zenith 4-pointed star logo and its “panda” dial – which has turned tropical in this case, making it all the more desirable.

A385

One of the original trio of stainless steel references that launched alongside the El Primero calibre, the A385 is the model Zenith chose for its advertisements and photo-shoots in 1969. It left its mark on the era with its “shaded smoky brown” gradient dial, unprecedented at the time, and its “square barrel” case, signed with the Zenith 4-pointed star logo.

A386

What would become the template for Zenith’s signature Chronomaster line, the A386 was launched in 1969 in a more classical round-case with straight lugs variant of the first El Primero-equipped watch. It garnered attention for its unprecedented tri-colour chronograph counters and decimal scale, becoming one of the most significant references in the history of the El Primero calibre and an icon among chronograph wristwatches.

A3818

Nicknamed the “Cover Girl” for its appearance on the cover of Manfred Rössler’s book “Zenith: Swiss Watch Manufacture Since 1865”, the A3818 made its debut in 1971 and stood out for its vertically satin-brushed oxidized blue dial, with a “pyramid track” fractional scale. Only 1’000 examples of the A3818 were produced in total.

Zenith Chronomaster Sport Rose Gold

Zenith expands its Chronomaster Sport series by introducing a sporty and elegant rose gold version.

The Chronomaster Sport is a contemporary and versatile chronograph capable of displaying 1/10th of a second. Since the earliest days of the El Primero dating back to 1969, Zenith has offered gold models of its automatic chronographs, with iconic references such as the G381 and G581. Zenith continues to keep this tradition alive with the latest generation of the El Primero calibre in the Chronomaster Sport in rose gold.

Zenith Chronomaster Sport Rose Gold

The 41mm case of this new version is crafted in18k rose gold with pump-style pushers. The polished black ceramic bezel is engraved with 1/10th of a second scale, filled with matte gold lacquer matching the case and dial for a bold contrast and exceptional legibility of the fractional elapsed time display on the bezel.

Zenith Chronomaster Sport Rose Gold

The white lacquered dial features the iconic tri-colour chronograph counters in shades of rhodium, anthracite and blue, while the hands and applied markers carry on the gold and black palette. A black calfskin strap completes the look by allowing the case and bezel to stand out even more, fixed to a rose gold folding buckle.

Zenith Chronomaster Sport Rose Gold

The result of over fifty years of constant innovation and improvement, the Chronomaster Sport is equipped with the latest version of the Manufacture’s most renowned movement, dubbed the El Primero 3600 calibre.

Zenith Chronomaster Sport Rose Gold

Pushing its acclaimed performance even higher, Zenith is able to precisely offer a 1/10th of second display from the 5 Hz (36’000 VpH) escapement, as well as an extended power reserve of 60 hours. Its overall form and finish have also been modernised with a new, more open architecture, complete with a blue column wheel and open rotor marked with the five-pointed Zenith star motif.

Zenith Chronomaster Sport Rose Gold

The Chronomaster Sport in rose gold is available as of now at Zenith boutiques and retailers around the world.

Technical details

Model: Zenith Chronomaster Sport
Reference: 18.3100.3600/69.C920

Movement
El Primero 3600 automatic
Automatic El Primero column-wheel chronograph able to measure and display 1/10th of a second
Stop-second mechanism
Frequency: 36000VpH (5 Hz)
Power-reserve: min. 60 hours

Functions
Hours and minutes in the centre
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
1/10th of a second Chronograph: Central chronograph hand that makes one turn in 10 seconds, 60-minute counter at 6 o’clock, 60-second counter at 3 o’clock
1/10th of a second indication on the ceramic bezel

Case
Diameter: 41 mm
Material: 18-ct Rose gold with Black ceramic bezel
Water-resistance: 10 ATM

Dial
White matte dial with three different applied coloured counters
Hour-markers: Gold-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova SLN C1
Hands: Gold-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova SLN C1
Date indication at 4:30

Bracelet
Black calfskin leather bracelet
Rose gold triple folding clasp

Price
19,900 CHF

Zenith Chronomaster Open Cohiba 55th Anniversary Edition

One of the most distinguished and revered Cuban cigar makers, Cohiba is celebrating its 55th anniversary in 2021. To celebrate this milestone, Zenith has created a highly exclusive commemorative edition of the Chronomaster Open watch.

Zenith has reimagined its emblematic Chronomaster Open in a manner that immediately evokes Cohiba’s unique aesthetic.

Zenith Chronomaster Open Cohiba 55th Anniversary Edition

Taking on the striking design codes of the packaging and paper bands that wrap each of its entirely hand-rolled and exquisitely blended cigars, the dial of the Chronomaster Open Cohiba 55th anniversary edition is done in the distinct saffron-yellow tone and white on black checkered motif.

A yellow chronograph seconds hand with a star-shaped counterweight completes the look, while the black alligator leather strap harmoniously accentuates the checkered pattern of the dial.

Zenith Chronomaster Open Cohiba 55th Anniversary Edition