In 1969, Zenith watches abu dhabi Replica unveiled its fabled El Primero chronograph. That same year, British car manufacturer Land Rover introduced the prototype of the very first luxury off-road vehicle: the iconic Range Rover, which hit the markets in 1970. Fired by the same pioneering spirit and the same ability to explore new horizons, these two original creations achieved legendary status.
Inspired by ideas from both brands’ product design and engineering departments, the new Chronomaster El Primero Range Rover Velar Special Edition embrace the heritage and strong credentials of two legends.
The timepiece features a ceramised aluminum case of 42 mm, water resistant to 100m. Its new elegant brushed grey dial with copper-toned details bears copper color-plated and faceted hour-markers and hands, coated with SuperLuminova.
Beating at 36,000 vibrations per hour, the self-winding chronograph movement El Primero 400B offers a 50 hour-power reserve, the hours and minutes in the center, the small seconds at 9 o’clock, date at 6 o’clock, tachymeter scale on the dial, anf, for the chroograph functions, the central chronograph hand and 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock. The special oscillating weight is adorned with “circular satin-brushed” motif.
The discussion about mechanical wristwatch accuracy can be long and is way outside the scope of us introducing the Zenith Defy Lab. Suffice it to say that Zenith’s claimed accuracy of 0.3 seconds per day for the caliber ZO 342 movement in this first model is going to cause a lot of people to do a double take because of how impressive it is (for a mechanical watch). Note that for production models down the road (when there is less opportunity to spend so much time choosing the right parts), accuracy will be guaranteed to +/- 0.5 seconds a day… with no loss in rate results as the torque of the mainspring winds down. In other words, the rate results are a flat horizontal line, which is something that silicon technology has made much more readily available in mechanical time measuring tools.
The timepiece is fitted with a new black rubber strap coated with black-toned perforated calfskin. This leather is the same high quality hide used on Range Rovers and is secured by a triple folding clasp in DLC-treated titanium.