Collaborations between watch brands and retailers can often be the most natural partnerships in this industry. Rather than trying to combine two different design languages or openly remind people of the inspiration behind a co-branded watch, many retailers simply have an idea for a new colorway or an extension to an existing line, and the resulting watch is generic. Both feel nice and natural, without being a bit too on the nose when it comes to its intended design inspiration. As one of the world’s leading luxury timepiece retailers, the Swiss group’s watches are no stranger to collaborating with brands to produce exclusive limited editions and make a statement like this. Zenith, which often teams up with various entities to create unique renditions of some of its most popular models. Based on one of the most famous chronographs of all time and featuring fresh colors of gray and blue, the new Zenith x watches by Switzerland group Chronomaster Original Limited Edition is the result of the collaboration and combined experience of these two leading industry names. Collaborative pieces that everyone brings to the table.
Crafted from stainless steel, the new Zenith x watches from the Swiss group Chronomaster Original Limited Edition will be instantly familiar to anyone who has previously handled the inaugural Chronomaster Original model, launched last year in 2021. The most accurate yet modern edition is the famous Zenith A386, one of the original trio of El Primero models released in 1969, with a 38mm case true to the size of the vintage version; However, it benefits from modern refinements such as a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal that protects its dial and a display caseback that houses some of its automatic chronograph movement. Similar to the vintage A386 from 1969, the Zenith x watches from Switzerland Group Chronomaster Original Limited Edition offer a very traditional shape with a rounded profile and thick lugs that taper to slit-cut tips. The top surfaces of the lugs are given a distinctive radial brushed finish, while the sides are high-polished, with a sharp bevel separating the two contrasting surfaces. On the right side of the case is a signed Victor’s crown at the 3 o’clock position, which is surrounded by pump-style chronograph pushers that provide access to the chronograph functions, but allow the watch to remain watertight. – Resistant up to 50 meters
While some may be familiar with the Swiss group Chronomaster Original Limited Edition Zenith x Watches, the new model’s dial offers a fresh take on Zenith’s iconic tricolor chronograph design. Set on a matte white surface is the model’s signature trio, overlapping registers in three different graduated shades of grey. Each of the registers receives a thin blued hand that matches the 1/10th of a second scale surrounding the luminous hour markers on the edge of the dial. The trio of hands sitting in the middle, the hour and minute hands receive luminous centers for added visibility, while the centrally-mounted chronograph hand appears blue to match the indices for the registers and various other dial accents. Since this model is an El Primero at its core, it must have a date window at 4:30, while the Zenith logo and “El Primero” branding at the 12 o’clock marker indicate a “36,000 vph” inscription. This model uses the brand’s legendary high-frequency chronograph movement.
Powering the Zenith x watches of the Swiss group Chronomaster Original Limited Edition is the brand’s El Primero 3600 automatic movement, the latest version of Zenith’s iconic self-winding chronograph caliber, whose origins can be traced directly back to 1969. 00 runs on frequency. With vph (5Hz) and 60-hour power reserve capable of measuring time to 1/10th of a second, the time of day is displayed by a simple hour and minute hand with the corresponding running seconds indicated by a register. At 9 o’clock. With this in mind, the Zenith El Primero 3600 has a centrally-mounted chronograph hand that makes one complete rotation every 10 seconds, enabling its signature 1/10th of a second timing capabilities, while the actual elapsed seconds are tracked by a register at 3. The hour and accompanying minutes are displayed via a sub-dial at the 6 o’clock position. Equipped with a skeletonized star-shaped oscillating weight, the Zenith El Primero 3600 represents the latest version of one of the most famous and important movements in watchmaking history, while the new model is also finished with a matching brushed stainless steel Chronomaster Original bracelet. Side links, high-polished centers and latching fold-over clasp.
Switzerland group Chronomaster Original Limited Edition’s new Zenith x watches look almost like a watch that already exists, which is ultimately a good thing, as the model offers a cohesive design that fits effortlessly with the rest of Zenith’s models. Over the years it has come forward. With this in mind, its white, gray and blue profile offers a fresh take on a classic and looks modern and contemporary while embracing the watch’s inherently vintage-leaning overall design. In addition to retailer websites (Watches of Switzerland and Meyers Jewellers), Zenith x watches of the Switzerland Group Chronomaster Original Limited Edition are available exclusively from selected Watch of Switzerland Group showrooms and boutiques. $9,500 USD And production will be limited to just 100 pieces worldwide. For more information, please visit Brand’s website.