Zenith’s legendary ElPrimero high-frequency chronograph adheres to avant-garde style and precise performance, and has gone through half a century. To pay tribute to this legendary history, Zenith has specially launched a 50th anniversary gift box for watch lovers to collect. The gift box is limited to 50 pieces worldwide, including three chronographs with the iconic three-color chronograph: one of them is a classic reproduction of the first ElPrimero model in 1969; and the ElPrimero flagship series with an improved movement Watch; DefyElPrimero21 watch with timing accurate to 1/100 second. These three watches are not sold separately. They represent the ElPrimero movement’s traditional timekeeping display with an accuracy of 1 second to 1/10 seconds, and then evolved into a legendary process of 1/100 seconds accuracy. It represents the splendid ‘trilogy’ of Zenith in the field of high-frequency timekeeping in various eras. Nowadays, Zenith has once again challenged the limit of precise timing, and the accuracy of 1/1000 second will come out in the near future!
ElPrimero has been passed down for 50 years and symbolizes the past, present and future of Zenith. This high-frequency chronograph star, introduced in 1969, continues to this day and leads the future with the iconic ElPrimero flagship series and the futuristic Defy series. To celebrate the extraordinary journey of ElPrimero, Zenith invites you on a journey of time. The 50th Anniversary Gift Box contains three ElPrimero watches, reviewing the evolution of technical performance and aesthetic concepts. Together with its iconic timer, it caters to all the pursuits of watch lovers: vintage, classic or modern. At the same time, there is a fourth table in the gift box waiting for you, ready to welcome Zenith’s next achievement in the UHF field: towards 1/1000 second!
Beginning on January 10, 1969, the day when the famous ElPrimero (meaning ‘first’ in Spanish) chronograph was launched, Zenith began to shine in the vast field of high-frequency chronographs. With constant innovation in technology and design, ElPrimero has become a symbol of precision timekeeping in Zenith watches for half a century. Back in the late 1960s, the birth of the first automatic chronograph ElPrimero marked a revolution in the watch industry. Its revolutionary features include: a frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour, an integrated column wheel structure, a central rotor mounted on ball bearings, and a power reserve of more than 50 hours (a movement of such a high frequency) A real feat), these innovations made it the world’s most accurate chronograph at the time, and the only watch capable of accurate short-time chronographs to 1 / 10th of a second. In addition to these revolutionary performances, ElPrimero’s appearance is also unique, using a series of contrasting colors to enhance the legibility of the chronograph: the second hand is light gray, the minute hand is blue, and the hour hand is charcoal black. This combination quickly became a hallmark of Zenith.
Although ElPrimero has been evolving and being unconventional since its inception, it has become the ideal model favored by watch connoisseurs. Zenith never reproduced the original model. Today, the work is complete: the first watch in the 50th anniversary gift box with a limited edition of 50 pieces is a perfect reproduction of the 1969 ElPrimero chronograph. As a retro watch for the first time, this model has a special symbolic significance. The 38 mm stainless steel case, the magnifying curved mirror, the three-color chronograph, the shape of the tachymeter scale, the font, the hands and the hour markers, and the leather strap all retain their original features. The original lugs and mushroom-shaped buttons have also been engraved. In order to bring this outstanding old model back to life and continue its classic features, Zenith engineers and designers started a counter-clockwise process: laser scanning a genuine watch treasured in the brand museum To restore each component. The only change is that the original solid case back has been adjusted to an open design to fully display the movement dynamics, and the logo on the crown has also been updated. The ‘power engine’ of this model is the current version of the ElPrimero column wheel chronograph movement, which can vibrate up to 36,000 times per hour, accurate to 1 / 10th of a second, and provides a 50-hour power reserve. Like the original models, the hour, minute and small seconds hands, chronograph, speedometer are displayed, and the date display function is between 4 and 5 o’clock.
Flagship Series 2.0
The Zenith flagship series inherited from ElPrimero is the most representative model in the contemporary era. The flagship series is highly recognizable. Its strong shape, iconic design and high-frequency mechanical structure all follow Zenith’s tradition. Therefore, to pay tribute to the original legendary watch, the second watch in this gift box, the flagship series, is equipped with a new generation ElPrimero movement and a new black ceramic bezel. The improved version of the movement was renamed ElPrimero 3600, and it was improved on the basis of the construction and efficient performance of the legendary ElPrimero model. This high-frequency movement vibrates at a high frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour. The accuracy of the time measurement is accurate to 1/10 seconds. The data can be read directly on the dial and bezel. That is, the chronograph hands circle the dial every ten seconds, the scale is from 1 to 100, and it jumps into one division every 1/10 second. The original construction of the ElPrimero chronograph consists of a column wheel and a lever-operated lateral clutch. In this improved version 2.0, it is visually highlighted and redesigned to improve its stability and accuracy. . The most remarkable result is the integration of the second hand stop device into the time setting, and the power reserve is increased to 60 hours. In addition to taking advantage to the extreme, the new flagship series also has a more dynamic and modern design than contemporary models. It is also equipped with a 42 mm stainless steel case, with a black ceramic bezel with graduations, stars Pendulum and rubber strap with contrast stitching.
The last watch in the fiftieth anniversary gift box is the DefyElPrimero21 chronograph, which symbolizes the future of watchmaking technology, and at the same time heralds Zenith’s next masterpiece in the field of UHF watchmaking. The legendary ElPrimero watch has launched the ultra-modern DefyElPrimero model. The thick 44mm titanium case is equipped with an original mechanical movement. The frequency is 360,000 times per hour (50 Hz), which is the original 10 times the model, measurement and display have been accurate to 1/100 second. Its unique dynamic feature-the lightning-fast-moving hands, can make a full circle around the dial in just one second, reflecting the superior precision and performance of this movement derived from modern engineering technology. The watch is also equipped with two separate ‘gearboxes’: one for the time and the other for the chronograph. Its skeleton dial features three solid chronographs that retain their original color-this is what the three ‘tribute’ watches have in common, and its modern shape is made up of a large grooved crown, flat buttons and short convex The lugs are composed of black crocodile leather on the black rubber strap, which perfectly fits the curvature of the wrist.
Engraving time legend continues
The gift box consists of the three ElPrimero 50th Anniversary models mentioned above, as well as blank epitopes for future 1 / 1000-second chronographs. Each model is limited to 50 pieces, and reflects Zenith’s high-precision watchmaking field. Development and infinite possibilities. Its delicate gray tones, leather details, and modern craftsmanship blend successfully with the traditional performance and precision of watchmaking. A satin-matte gray lid inlaid with the fiftieth anniversary logo, built-in touch screen and a miniature reproduction of the watchmaker’s workbench. The base of the workbench is equipped with a watch unit, adjustable lighting system, magnifying glass and screwdriver. The lower part of the box is locked by screws and contains a drawer and three ElPrimero chronographs. While paying tribute to the past, a simulation model of the coupling wheel bridge plate of the chronograph is also placed in the gift box. This iconic component is one of the key elements that make up the ElPrimero movement, including the stamping tools rescued by Zenith watchmaker Charles Vermot during the quartz crisis. He kept the tools secretly in the attic of the watch factory, and in 1984 he revived the legendary movement. The significance of the model in the gift box is that when inviting its future owner to visit the watch factory in Le Locle, two coupling wheel bridge plates can be manually molded. The owner of the gift box can take away the first bridge slab, and the second will be named after him or her and will be engraved on the wall at the entrance of the famous Mr. Charles Vermot’s attic as a testimony of history.