24 Hours Later: Zenith’s Chronomaster A384 Revival Lupin The Third – Final Edition
The final entry in a trilogy of timepieces based on a Japanese manga series about the world’s greatest thief has stolen our hearts.
Watch addicts always get a little jolt of joy when they spot a recognizable timepiece in a movie or tv show. Of course, manga-loving horophiles were extra excited when one of the most iconic chronographs ever – the Zenith El Primero A384 – made a cameo appearance in the anime series Lupin the Third.
A Three Chapter Story
Zenith also noticed this Easter egg and, in 2019, introduced the limited edition Chronomaster A384 Revival Lupin The Third based on the original A384 but with a black and grey design that only existed in the Lupin universe.
Just a year later, in 2020, Zenith added another rich detail to this universe when it created a sequel called the Chronomaster A384 Revival Lupin The Third - 2nd Edition. The watch was still based on the first El Primero chronograph from 1969, but this version featured a white lacquered dial with contrasting black counters.
And finally, a little over 24 hours ago, Zenith launched the last of its collectible manga tributes: the Chronomaster A384 Revival Lupin The Third – Final Edition. For this third and final chapter of the collaboration, its creators combined the two antipode dial colors of the first and second Lupin The Third editions into one distinctive graphic face.
Welcome to the Metaverse
If you’re not familiar with Lupin the Third: Basically, it’s a series of books written and illustrated by the late Kazuhiko Katō, a.k.a. Monkey Punch.
The story centers around the adventures of the debonair master thief Arsène Lupin III, grandson of gentleman thief Arsène Lupin (the protagonist of Maurice Leblanc’s series of novels from the first half of the 20th century). The manga by Monkey Punch, which first ran from 1967-1969, was then turned into an animated series.
However, you don’t have to know anything about the Lupinverse to appreciate the Chronomaster A384 Revival Lupin The Third – Final Edition. The diagonal dissection of the dial, for instance, is not just innovative for Zenith (it’s the first of its kind for the brand) but for chronographs of any stripe.
Plus, on the left, the watch features a semi-glossy black finish with grey counters and golden markers and hands from the first edition. In turn, this is juxtaposed with the cream-colored dial with contrasting black counters in a “panda” configuration from the second edition.
So it’s not surprising that 24 hours after first seeing this dual dial, our minds are still blown by the aesthetics. We’re still puzzling over how hard it must have been for Zenith’s artisans to adjust all the contrasting colors and materials on this display to make every detail match seamlessly.
Unlike other high-end character watches, like the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Black Panther Flying Tourbillon or the S.U.F. Sarpaneva x Moomin, the Zenith Chronomaster A384 Revival Lupin The Third – Final Edition is not very cartoony. But that isn’t to say fans won’t be delighted by the subtle engraving of Lupin III’s sidekick and best friend Daisuke Jigen on the sapphire caseback.
Finally, all of this detail is housed in a 37mm titanium case – the same proportions as the original 1969 A384 – and inside beats the legendary El Primero 400 automatic integrated chronograph movement.
Limited to 250 pieces, the Zenith Chronomaster A384 Revival Lupin The Third – Final Edition will retail for $10,000. It is available for pre-order now on the Zenith online boutique.
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