Zenith El Primero: Dive Into Deep Blue For 2016-2017

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1962: the bases for El Primero’s movement are sketched on a drawing board. The original idea was simple: develop an iconic watch for the centennial celebration of Zenith, set to take place three years later. Nine months of work, more than 2,500 operations, 300 experts, and 18 metals were needed to create the timepiece dubbed El Primero Chronomaster – the first. A watch with a smart look and a breathtaking view of its powerful mechanism. Today, dipped in a deep blue with azure counters to match, El Primero fascinates to the rhythm of a starry second hand. Its impetuous tempo is due to the timepiece’s athletic heritage, with precision down to the tenth of a second. At the heart of its sunny dial, the emblematic opening at 11:00 reveals all the inner workings of the El Primero 4061 automatic movement, the most precise ever designed by Zenith.

But this legendary watch is not the only one being reinvented. El Primero 36’000 vpH is also taking on new shades: an emblem of high precision, the El Primero 36’000 vpH watch can be recognized with one glance at its tricolor counters, a recurrent offering from Zenith. Today available in deep blue, the dial sports the three iconic counters released this time in silver and anthracite tones. Elegance is incarnated on the blue variant; somewhere between power and distinction, the display is graced by a thin red second hand. With a rare richness and refinement, the color blue perfectly suits the Zenith timepiece, whether it’s the El Primero or the two key styles from the Elite line, the Elite 6150 and the Elite Chronograph Classic, perfected upon contact with the timeless purity of blue.

More modest than the El Primero style, but still with the same impetuous heart, the Elites marvelously incarnate Zenith’s timeless elegance. With a contoured steel case around a 42 mm diameter, they’re surmounted by a fluted crown – pure with engraved indexes, the apparent simplicity of this complexity brings us to a stylistic exercise in masterful craftsmanship. The cerulean dial captivates the viewer through its limpidity – with classicism and accents of modernity, the newest versions of Zenith’s timepieces are a superb juncture between the manufacturer’s legendary heritage and its spirit of progress.

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