As the new year begins, Zenith launches the Chronomaster Original Triple Calendar at LVMH Watch Days in Miami. The new timepieces are streamlined, more stylish versions of the iconic traditional timepieces, and feature new movements.
With its harmonious dial design and easy-to-read information display, Zenith’s triple-date chronograph has been an important piece in the El Primero collection for decades. In fact, the El Primero automatic high-frequency chronograph movement originally released in 1969 was designed to accommodate triple calendar and moon phase functions. However, a direct chronograph was the preferred version, so the calendar version was initially shelved. But not for long.
The new Chronomaster Original Triple Calendar aims to take the world by storm once again. This best luxury watch is based on the blueprints of the original A386 from 1969 and features a 38mm case in its original proportions. The watch does not have a bezel like the original design and is powered by the El Primero 3610 automatic high-frequency 1/10-second chronograph movement. The watch vibrates 36,000 times per hour and, in addition to its chronograph function, offers a full calendar with day, date and month indications, as well as a moon phase display. The column-wheel chronograph movement has a 60-hour power reserve and is equipped with a stop-seconds mechanism.
Looking around the dial, you can see the 1/10 second readout on the outer edge, the 60-second counter at 3:00, the 60-minute counter at 6:00, and the small seconds at 9:00. There is also a central chronograph hand that rotates once every 10 seconds. The day of the week and the month are displayed symmetrically in the window above the counter.
The movement features a new star-shaped rotor with a satin finish, visible through the transparent sapphire crystal case back. A domed sapphire crystal protects the dial and features an anti-reflective coating for easy reading.
The fashion men watch is available in three versions, all available with a black calfskin strap or a three-row metal bracelet. One version has a silver opaline dial with black counters, the second version has a slate gray opal dial with silver counters, and the third version – perhaps my favorite – has an olive green toned Sunday pattern dial with Silver counters. Silver counter.