It's raining Chronomasters in Geneva as Zenith unveils a revamped Chronomaster Open line as well as the new Chronomaster Sport under its new 'Master of Chronographs Since 1865' platform. This educational platform has been conceived to share with the community Zenith's history and mastery of the high-frequency chronographs. Regarding the new Chronomaster models announced at the event, CEO of Zenith Julien Tornare said, "After the incredible reception of the Chronomaster Sport and its unequalled 1/10th of a second chronograph, we're thrilled to expand the line this year with rose gold versions, and also to bring back a modern Zenith icon from the last twenty years - the Chronomaster Open."
Chronomaster Sport Boutique Edition
The Chronomaster Sport was unveiled in 2021, delivering robust automatic sporty chronographs. Now in 2022, Chronomaster Sport Boutique Edition Ref. 03.3103.3600/69.M3100 has been launched with an engraved ceramic bezel, which features three separate coloured ceramic elements in the traditional El Primero tri-colour range of grey, anthracite and blue.
The colours of the bezel are extended from those of the dial's registers, ensuring that the wearer is able to easily read the 1/10th of a second chronograph. Its silver sunray-patterned dial with tri-colour counters is also something that instantly catches your attention.
This Chronomaster Sport with a tri-coloured ceramic bezel is powered by the Automatic El Primero column-wheel chronograph. Marked at the frequency of 36,000 VpH (5Hz), the El Primero 3600 automatic engine comes with an increased power reserve of around 60 hours. The timepiece has a date indication at 4:30 and a stop-second mechanism. The 41mm stainless steel case offers a water resistance of upto 100 metres. To complete the watch, Zenith has paired it with a metal bracelet with a double folding clasp.
Chronomaster Sport: Ref. 18.3101.3600/21.M3100 and Ref. 18.3101.3600/69.M3100
If a Chronomaster Sport in rose gold is your style, then you are in for a delight. Crafted entirely in rose gold, the Chronomaster Sport Ref. 18.3101.3600/21.M3100 and the Chronomaster Sport Ref. 18.3101.3600/69.M3100 have even their bracelets in rose gold. The Chronomaster Sport Ref. 18.3101.3600/21.M3100 is available in a black dial while the Ref 18.3101.3600/69.M3100 houses a white watch face.
The two references also feature the signature El Primero tri-colour counters with golden hands and applied markers. These elegant timepieces are driven by the robust El Primero 3600 automatic movement, which measures the 1/10th of a second. The references have a date indication at 4:30 and a stop-second mechanism. Water resistant upto 100 metres, the 18K rose gold case houses the engine, which delivers a power reserve of around 60 hours. The two have been paired with a rose gold bracelet with a double folding clasp.
Chronomaster Sport Ref. 51.3100.3600/69.M3100
The Chronomaster Sport Ref. 51.3100.3600/69.M3100 combines the durability of steel and elegance of rose gold. The case as well as the side links of the bracelet are crafted in stainless steel, while the bezel, crown, pushers and the bracelet's centre links are in rose gold.
The silver sunray-patterned tri-colour dial brings the shimmer to the whole package, offering a mix of tones and textures. Just like its siblings, this one is too equipped with the newest version of the movement, the El Primero 3600. With its high frequency of 5Hz, the movement is able to precisely offer a 1/10th of second function.
The 1/10th of a second indication is on the gold bezel and the watch features the date indication at 4:30 and a stop-second mechanism. Finding its home in a stainless steel and 18K rose gold, which is water resistant upto 100 metres, the engine delivers a power reserve of around 60 hours. The piece has been paired with a stainless steel and rose gold bracelet with a double folding clasp.
The new Chronomaster Open references revist the legendary tri-colour configuration of the dial, which Zenith debuted with the iconic A386 in 1969. Following in the footsteps of the A386, but offering their own charming details, the new Chronomaster Open pieces are more than a facelift.
The Chronomaster Open is available in steel and 18K rose gold. The steel models are offered in two dial variations - white dial for Ref. 03.3300.3604/69.M3300 and black dial for Ref. 03.3300.3604/21.M3300. The two references are delivered with either a steel bracelet or cordura-effect rubber strap. The elegant rose gold version -- Ref. 18.3300.3604/69.C922 -- on the other hand houses a white dial with a blue cordura-effect rubber strap.
When the original Chronomaster Open was released in 2013, it possessed a visual appeal that was quickly accepted by the community - a partially open dial to reveal the regulating organ and escapement. Since the, this design scheme has been an integral part of the brand's design philosophy.
The three counter colours in the new models have been retained, courtesy a hesalite crystal element that serves as a readable sub-dial while allowing a view of the silicon star-shaped escape wheel. The opening in these pieces have been reimagined and do without the former version's applied 'frame', instead, they go for circular openings with chamfered edges, uncovering the movement with more straight bridges and a modish grey tone.
The round case measures 39.5mm wide compared to the previous 42mm model. The novelties in this series now have slimmer lugs and more distinguished polished bevels on the edges. For ergonomics, Zenith has driven the pump-style pushers with rounded tips. The steel bracelet follows the contours and remains on the same page with the mixed polished and satin-brushed finishes of the case.
Visible through the sapphire caseback, the El Primero 3604 1/10th of a second automatic chronograph movement is an upgraded version of the 3600. Its automatic winding mechanism with an open star-shaped oscillating mass achieves a power reserve of around 60 hours.