Zenith opened the door of a special boutique at the Le Locle factory and displayed a cool blue Chronomaster Original.
The chronograph function is a Zenith tradition, and it has been since the launch of the iconic El Primero automatic high-frequency movement in 1969. The Chronomaster series provides contemporary and historical inspired works, and is the perfect platform for Zenith to showcase its complication capabilities, especially the Chronomaster Sport and the recently launched Chronomaster Original, a 38mm model that is regarded as the successor to the A386. Today, Zenith has launched two new reference materials in this series to celebrate the opening of an important location; the brand-new Zenith Manufacture Boutique, an immersive environment in the brand’s headquarters. This is the new and attractive Zenith Chronomaster Original Boutique Edition.
Zenith decided to open a boutique in the factory to allow visitors to immerse themselves in Zenith’s world and let them get close to the brand collection after making an appointment. This is basically no different from other boutiques, but Zenith also provides people with the service of a three-tiered watch clinic at the manufacturer’s premises, depending on the individual’s prior knowledge and skills.
Although all this sounds good, Zenith fake also launched two new references in the Chronomaster series to fan out for this occasion. It is based on the familiar features of Chronomaster Original, which is very similar to the original Zenith A386 El Primero from 1969. The case has a brushed surface and polished decoration, with a classic pump button on the right side. The raised and domed crystals cover the front and back of the watch. The sharp faceted lugs complete the look of this must-have El Primero watch. The Chronomaster Original is only 38 mm in diameter, making it comfortable to wear.
The Chronomaster Original Boutique Edition is mainly a visual upgrade of the existing models, as it always uses a new blue and silver color scheme. The striking blue dial is equipped with a silver chronograph and indexes. Faceted and rhodium-plated hour markers help improve the legibility of the current time, as well as white hands with black inserts. The hands and hour markers are coated with Super LumiNova. From left to right, the sub-registers display the running seconds, 60-minute accumulator and 60-second accumulator.
As the external scale of the dial implies, Zenith’s Chronomaster Original Boutique Edition is equipped with Zenith’s El Primero 3600 movement. This integrated automatic chronograph movement can track the elapsed time to 1/10 second and can also be found in the Chronomaster Sport. It runs at a high frequency of 36,000vph (or 5Hz), which means that the chronograph second hand rotates once every 10 seconds. In addition, it uses a column wheel and a horizontal coupling. The power reserve is a very pleasant 60 hours. From the bottom cover, its appearance is obviously the appearance of El Primero, but the decoration is more modern, including a hollow rotor with a Star logo.
Zenith Chronomaster Original Boutique Edition is equipped with a vintage-style blue calfskin strap (Ref. 03.3200.3600/51.C902) or a three-link stainless steel bracelet (Ref. Ref. 03.3200.3600/51.M3200).
Technical specifications-ZENITH CHRONOMASTER ORIGINAL BOUTIQUE EDITION
Case: 38 mm diameter x approx. 13 mm high-stainless steel case, brushed and polished-sapphire crystal glass mirror-sapphire crystal screw-in case back-50 meters water resistance
Dial: blue dial, silver triple sub dial-faceted rhodium-plated hour markers, Super LumiNova-white hands coated with Super LumiNova luminous
Movement: Calibre El Primero 3600-automatic integrated high-frequency chronograph, with column wheel and horizontal coupling-35 jewels-30 mm-36,000vph-60 hours power reserve-hours, minutes, small seconds, date, Chronograph 1/10 central seconds, 60-second and 60-minute counters
Strap: Stainless steel strap, double folding clasp or vintage-style blue calfskin strap, triple folding clasp