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The Zenith Chronomaster Original Limited Edition For Hodinkee is Striking

  • 28th Jul 2022
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The Zenith Chronomaster Original Limited Edition For Hodinkee is Striking

With the help of Hodinkee, a major online watch retailer, ZENITH has released a limited edition of their Chronomaster Original watch only for them. The dial of this limited-edition Chronomaster Original is salmon opaline, providing a cosy setting for a modern take on Zenith's signature three-tone subdial design. Design cues from Zenith's A386 from 1969 pay respect to the avant-garde ethos of the El Primero movement while keeping the watch's aesthetics fresh and practical.

The original El Primero's adaptability is shown by the Zenith Chronomaster Original Limited Edition For Hodinkee. It has a salmon opaline dial and a casing that measures 38mm x 12.6mm. The Hodinkee team chose the salmon because it has more of an orange undertone than a red one, and the matte opaline finish shows off that undertone well. When contrasted with the more subdued silver and grey tones seen elsewhere, this hue holds its own. The customary 4:30 date window is still there, and the date wheel is coloured to match the face of the watch.

An elevated sapphire crystal protects the casing and dial of the watch. The tapered bracelet of this high-performance sports watch has polished centre links and outside links with polished edges, as well as a folding clasp.

The El Primero 3600 is an automated 1/10th of a second chronograph calibre that beats at 5 Hz and has a power reserve of up to 60 hours. The whole thing can be seen through the transparent sapphire rear. Caliber 3600 has a rapid beat rate and a column wheel layout. The seconds hand of a chronograph makes a full rotation of the dial every 10 seconds, or six times each minute. Thanks to ZENITH's decades-long expertise in chronograph design and engineering, the El Primero 3600's chronograph is powered entirely by its cutting-edge silicon escape wheel.

Three hundred of the Zenith Chronomaster Original Limited Edition For Hodinkee have been made, and each one can be yours for $9,500. This co-designed watch is sold only via the Hodinkee Shop and ZENITH online stores.

What the Creators of the NEW ICON Have to Say

Evolution of a classic design is both a frightening and enjoyable endeavour. We wanted to ensure that our cooperation brought out the best of Zenith and the qualities that drew us to the brand in the first place. This is where the 38mm x 12.6mm case size of the Chronomaster Original came into play. The Chronomaster Original, introduced in 2021, is reminiscent of the original Zenith A386 from 1969, but has been updated to assure both contemporary and exquisite workmanship. The Chronomaster Original keeps the adaptability of the original El Primero's shape while maintaining a luxury, contemporary aesthetic.

We started the design process by equipping our limited edition with a matte salmon opaline dial, which provided a lively and warm background for the traditional Zenith dial layout. Featuring a trio of overlapping, galvanic subdials in shades of grey and silver that compliment one another, this newest design seems to be the brother of our original Zenith partnership, complete with our signature grey hue. The watch has a wonderfully unexpected splash of colour; its creative interpretation of the A386 guarantees that this newest partnership has a distinct presence.


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