An emblem of high precision, the El Primero 36’000 VpH chronograph is immediately recognizable by its three counter colors, an aesthetic that has been part of the Zenith DNA since 1969, when the Manufacture first presented the legendary El Primero, the world’s most precise series-made chronograph. Its anthracite sunburst dial features the three iconic counters interpreted in the original silver-toned, blue and anthracite colors. This display featuring a blend of strength and distinction is swept over by a slim red central sweep-seconds hand and luminescent facetted hours and minutes hands. Throbbing steadily at the heart of its 42 mm-diameter stainless steel case, the El Primero 400B automatic movement with its 50-hour power reserve beats at a frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour enabling a tenth-of-a-second display, along with central hours and minutes hands, small seconds, chronograph and date functions. The top-flight mechanism is showcased to perfection within a timelessly elegant design.
Watch Manufacture Since 1865
Zenith is a brand that has been bringing style and substance to the wrists of watchmaking cognoscenti all over the world for more than 150 years. Founded in Le Locle in 1865 by a visionary watchmaker, Georges Favre-Jacot, the Manufacture Zenith gained swift recognition for the precision of its chronometers, with which it has won 2,333 chronometry prizes in a century and a half of existence: an absolute record. Having earned fame thanks to its legendary El Primero calibre – an integrated automatic column-wheel chronograph movement launched in 1969 and endowed with a high frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour that ensures short-time measurements accurate to the nearest 1/10th of a second – the Manufacture Zenith has since developed over 600 movement variations. Zenith remains one of a select group of traditional luxury watch brands to produce all its movements in-house, the industry’s ultimate token of quality. Engaged on several vintage territories such as classic cars, Zenith currently offers a collection of exclusive and ageless finely crafted timepieces designed for sartorially minded men and women. Zenith’s rich heritage, tradition, passion and pursuit of excellence reflect the legacy of its slogan “legends are forever”.