Brand new ZENITH CHRONOMASTER SPORT and 1/10 second EL PRIMERO
Zenith will launch two new El Primero chronographs, returning to the replica Chronomaster Sport series, setting a new tone for the brand. It’s been 5 years since we saw the new Chronomaster Sport. The new execution method uses a traditional method, which is clearly aimed at some of the flagship products in this category. As Zenith El Primero, it has the advantage of a built-in strong heritage. It also has an easy-to-understand design language, and Zenith has taken a good line while moving El Primero into a new field.
Chronomaster Sport has always been one of El Primero’s more advanced execution methods, can quickly adapt to new trends (for better or worse), and can attract new customers who value the modernity of timepieces. The product released in 2015 has a diameter of 45 mm, a thickness of 14 mm or more, and is equipped with an oversized hour hand and pointer, and is matched with a squat watch. The dial in the sub-dial is somewhat lumpy and numerical. The three-color color scheme was canceled to choose a uniform appearance color that matches the dial. Although handsome in some respects, he fell into an uncomfortable situation in the context of the El Primero name.
The new Chronomaster Sport series is clear at a glance. This new watch has two changes, which can be immediately recognized as the Zenith El Primero Chronograph, and has more similarities compared with the current Rolex Daytona (ref. 116500), thanks to the eye-catching The black ceramic bezel is matched with the white or black dial of your choice. Of course, a version of the El Primero movement has been present inside Daytona for 12 years (reference number 16520), so you can say that it is similar to the one obtained. Fortunately, Daytona is a very beautiful watch.
As Zenith replica, this is not exactly your standard chronograph, it differs from watches like Daytona in some important ways. The most striking thing is the chronograph itself, which in the Chronomaster Sport only takes 10 seconds to make a complete trip around the dial and track it every tenth of a second during the entire process. You will notice that the unusual layout of the bezel allows for this measurement, and it replaces the more traditional speedometers that are usually found to occupy the area. It is not as strong as the Land Rover 21 we show you here, but it can be said that it is more useful in measuring the types of things that normal people need to measure.
The dial itself is controlled by three super-sized registers, which have acquired the three-tone processing that Zenith understands and loves. Here, they are presented in blue, anthracite and light gray. The rest of the dial is a restraint exercise, with only minutes and a second hash value appearing between the applied hour bars, which themselves have been chamfered and polished. The date aperture appears at 4:30 and matches the color of the dial. The simple dial with eye-catching, clear hands and hour markers recalls the rare De Luca in the late 80s and early 90s, which is a very good thing. That watch is another day’s story, but what is exciting is that Zenith has cited this field in its history to achieve such an effect.
The steel case has a diameter of 41 mm and is worn on the wrist due to the protruding bezel. The lugs bend and evenly toward the wrist, and the curved, polished chamfer extends along the edge. From top to bottom, this makes the lugs significantly smaller and forms a watch around the wrist, effectively hiding a thickness of about 14mm. Overall, it looks good to wear. If you think Daytona is too small, it should be the perfect choice for you. Also, you may actually be able to get one of them.
Inside the Chronomaster Sport, El Primero 3600 beats at a speed of 5 Hz and provides 60 hours of backup time. This is the same movement we saw in the Chronomaster 2 limited edition in 2019, which is very similar to the movement we see here, but is more conceptual in execution. Chronomaster Sport is a regular production model, this is the first such appearance of the 3600. The movement can be seen through the back cover of the exhibition. Although it is not beautiful, it is definitely interesting. As mentioned earlier, the chronograph is read every tenth of a second and is read via a pinion connected to the escapement itself (rather than borrowed from the gear train). There are 3,600 seconds per hour, and this action beats at 36,000 VpH, so it becomes easy to perform math calculations from there.
The new Chronomaster Sport will use an Oyster-style stainless steel bracelet with a polished center link. The edge of the brushed link has a polished bevel, which brings a certain visual depth to the bracelet as a whole. The fit and finish of the bracelet is not as good as the level that can be achieved on Daytona, but it is available daily. Depending on the color of the dial, a blue or black fabric strap can also be provided, which looks more suitable for the overall aesthetic. Yes, it also looks great on a nylon strap. Swiss Watch Online