The brand has celebrated a revival over the past several years as they breathed new life into popular timepieces from long ago. The reception to this reincarnation has been very positive and the latest model of the Zenith El Primero 410 watch, a spectacular step to another excellent resurgence. This impressive watch combines the most accurate automatic chronograph performance with a triple calendar and moon phase indications.
The brand has done a marvelous job of blending the old with the new, the dial has captured the essence of the original models from the 1970’s, but incorporating a more modern aura. The watch is presented in a 42mm steel case that houses the movement of the historic inspiration, a fully automatic column-wheel chronograph that was actually retired back in 2000. The decision to revive the movement for this limited edition timepiece was a stroke of brilliance.
The silver sun ray dial that graces the new Zenith El Primero 410 is accented with blued steel and gives it a more edgy look than the previous version. Sharing design and technical concepts both timepieces reflect reliability and precision, while also offering a growth for the brand as it expands on designs while maintaining traditional movements. The sub dials give the appearance of being slightly smaller, but it could be the larger dial that gives this perception.
The day and month are presented in distinct apertures right above the sub dials for the three and nine, but the date is shown in a more conventional window sitting between the four and five. One of the collection is finished with a beautiful brown alligator strap and a triple folding clasp. The look is clean, classic and traditional, but the updated markers and the crisp look of the dial text definitely provide a exquisite timepiece. The moon phase is displayed in the six o’clock chronograph sub dial.
Taking the traditional layout form the legacy timepiece has allowed the newest Zenith El Primero 410 the ability to keep clients who are attached to this model, even as much as keeping the star emblems placed next to the calendar. To give it a little more modern upturn, the dial is finished with a red chrono seconds hand that has traded in the lume block of the legacy piece for a brand star counterbalance that is excellent with the new design.
Referencing the heritage for all these timepieces is keeping a strong foundation and building on magnificent movements that blend a sporty chronograph watch and pairs it with other traditional features that capture the heart of horological lovers everywhere. The limited edition timepiece is supported with 31 jewels, 390 components and over 50 hours of power reserve. It also features a sapphire crystal that has a dual side anti-reflective treatment and is water resistant up to 100m.
The timepiece is eye catching thanks to the inclusion of complex elements and the elegant finishing. The features are easily legible and coupled with precision and quality from the brand it makes a perfect selection for collectors as well as someone looking for a functional watch. Limited to 500 pieces you will have to be quick, but never despair as there are always excellent choices from this brand and all collections.