Plain & Elegant: El Primero Chronograph Classic from Zenith

For the fans of classic, simple and a retro-inspired look in watches, the new Zenith chronograph is definitely a must-have. Since the new Elite Chronograph Classic is equipped with the in-house El-Primero automatic movement, we’re taking a closer look.

Zenith-El-Primero-Chronograph-Classic-10Like I mentioned before, with the Elite Chronograph Classic’s aesthetically minimal, beautiful look a Zenith chronograph turned classic. It combines a mix of polished and brushed elements. The silver-toned dial is extremely legible. The sub dial at nine presents a running seconds display while the sub dial at three counts the chronograph minutes. To keep the dail plain and simple there are no numerals, only engraved and rhodium-plated hour-markers and no date window. The case finishing and the detailing is amazing, like one would expect from a manufacturer like Zenith.

The Elite Chronograph Classic is powered by the in-house El Primero 4069 high-frequency automatic movement. It offers a power reserve with a minimum of 50 hours. The El Primero was one of the first automatic chronograph movements on the market and has become Zenith’s calling card over the years. Since it was first introduced in 1969 it has been constantly enhanced.

Zenith-El-Primero-Chronograph-Classic-11The case is made from stainless steel or 18 carat rosegold. It is 42 mm in diameter and 11.80 mm thick. The domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides complements the look of the watch perfectly. The case back is also made from sapphire crystal and shows the movement at work. The watch features a leather strap with protective rubber lining which wears comfortably on the wrist.

This is one handsome tux-ready and dressy chronograph with its vintage-inspired vibe and a minimal exterior. It suits every occasion and every wrist – but maybe not every wallet. The gold version is limited to 150 pieces at a price of $ 21,600 while the steel version is much cheaper at $8,900. The latter won’t be limited in production.

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