LVMH Watch Week: Zenith Revives a Legend with Its New Chronomaster Original Triple Calendar Models
As the curtains come down on the illustrious fifth edition of LVMH Watch Week in Miami, the horological world finds itself abuzz with the resonating allure of Zenith’s latest marvel – the Chronomaster Triple Calendar. A symphony of innovation and timeless icon, Zenith has once again left an indelible mark on the watchmaking landscape.
“I spent the last few weeks exploring Zenith, and what struck me most was the authenticity it exudes. I was pleasantly surprised by this. It is not only a remarkable achievement but also an incredible strength for the brand because everything is already there; there’s no need to fabricate stories or create things. This authenticity, I believe, is a genuine asset.” – Zenith CEO Benoit de Clerck.
The ticking heart of El Primero has once again quickened with the grand revival of the Triple Calendar, now showcased in the all-new Chronomaster Original Triple Calendar. Indeed, this much-anticipated release not only reaffirms Zenith’s legacy but also marks a triumph in precision engineering and aesthetic finesse.
So, let’s take a look.
Almost 55 Years in the Making
In the wake of the 2021 Chonomaster Original re-edition, a faithful reproduction of the A386 with its iconic 38mm proportions, Zenith took a bold step at the 2024 edition of LVMH Watch Week by redirecting the spotlight onto the original movement. On a personal note, I think this latest unveiling could easily become a cherished delight for watch connoisseurs, revealing a fascinating backstory that traces its roots back to the very inception of the El Primero.
Did you know that the El Primero, from its initial design in the late ‘60s, was envisioned to host triple calendar and moon phase functions? In a testament to its forward-thinking design, Zenith crafted a series of 25 prototypes in 1970, a concept that, intriguingly, never made it to commercialization.
Fast forward almost 55 years, and Zenith introduces the Chronomaster Original Triple Calendar collection, solidifying its place among a select group of brands, like Jaeger-LeCoultre and Breitling, that have mastered this combination of complications.
This latest iteration pays homage to the historic prototype while also introducing a contemporary edge to the Chronomaster collection’s aesthetics.
More specifically, the Chronomaster Original Triple Calendar’s bezel-less design and raised, domed sapphire crystal allow the eye to seamlessly integrate a full calendar with a moonphase into the automatic high-frequency 1/10th of a second chronograph calibre without modifying the case’s dimensions nor looking too busy. In short, it’s a remarkable achievement in creative engineering.
As a result, Zenith’s latest creation emerges as a masterpiece with not one but two distinctive dial variations, each a testament to the brand’s commitment to both sporty dynamism and refinement.
The first version boasts a classic “panda” design with its silvery-white opaline dial and black counters. It also has a black 1/10th-of-a-second scale. In striking contrast, an opulent opaline slate-grey dial graces the second version, while the addition of silvery-white counters results in a “reverse panda” design. Moreover, this version’s 1/10th-of-a-second scale, done in white, was directly inspired by the limited series of El Primero triple calendar prototypes from 1970.
Both variations showcase rose gold-tone applied baton markers and hands, introducing a warm contrast that beautifully accentuates the polished rose gold moon. This celestial feature is set against a metallic blue sunray-patterned disk adorned with five-pointed stars, creating a visual symphony of elegance and precision.
For aficionados seeking exclusivity, the Chronomaster Original Triple Calendar Boutique Edition, available solely at Zenith’s physical and online boutiques, introduces a third dial variant. This exclusive edition is draped in a sunburst olive-green tone, complemented by golden applied markers and hands.
With the addition of these boutique models, it becomes clear that each version of the Chronomaster Original Triple Calendar showcases meticulous attention to detail because the calendar wheels harmoniously match the dial colors, be they white, slate, or green, enhancing the overall coherence and sophistication of this remarkable timepiece.
Fueling the cutting-edge Chronomaster Original Triple Calendar is the state-of-the-art El Primero automatic high-frequency calibre 3610. Operating at a remarkable 36,000 vibrations per hour (vph), this powerhouse ensures a substantial 60-hour power reserve. Fortunately, this intricate movement is also artfully displayed through a transparent sapphire caseback.
The openworked rotor, embellished with the iconic Zenith star motif, adds a touch of sophistication as you revel in the visual spectacle of the machine-decorated calibre, featuring blued screws and a blued column wheel.
Finally, to further certify its prowess, the caseback proudly bears an engraving declaring a water resistance of 50 meters, combining performance and precision in a single timekeeping marvel.
Variations & Pricing
With the Chronomaster Original Triple Calendar, buyers can choose a three-link steel bracelet that complements the case and boasts a sumptuous satin brushing on its outer segments and a mirror finish at its core or a calfskin strap.
The strap options are black, blue, and green, each matching the corresponding dial variations, presenting a total of six variations of the Chronomaster Original Triple Calendar from which the discerning buyer may choose.
Pricing for the Chronomaster Original Triple Calendar on a steel bracelet is set at $13,900, while the versions equipped with a strap are available for $13,400. For more information, visit Zenith’s website.