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Timeless Luxury Watches is proud to announce our first collaboration with one of our all-time favorite watch companies, Zenith. As much or more than any other watch company in the world, Zenith is known for its chronographs, so deciding to make the Zenith Chronomaster Heritage Limited Edition, using their legendary El Primero automatic movement, was an easy choice.
Within Zenith’s extensive portfolio of chronographs, however, the challenge was to create something that was true to the El Primero’s history without duplicating Zenith’s portfolio. To do that, we went back to the classic A273, one of Zenith’s dressiest interpretations of a chronograph.
For all-around watch nerdiness, both are compelling timepieces but clearly different. Both also share a fondness for silicon – which Zenith is backing in a big way these days. Silicon is what makes movements like the ZO 342 even possible. Replacing metal with silicon is how these parts are able to move quickly and reliably. Unlike metal, silicon isn’t affected by temperature or magnetism, and because it has much lower friction, it doesn’t require lubrication. More so, the ability to cut very small, very precise parts allows for mechanisms not previously available when metal was more or less the only material option. These manufacturing options combined with computer modeling software have allowed for a new generation of mechanical watch movements such as the ZO 342 that combine traditional concepts of how a small machine tells the time, with a lot of modern know-how.
To recapture its understated appeal, we created a similar, yet unique, dial. As always, we have included a blue element to our limited edition’s sub-dial and seconds hands, just like the A273 had. However, while both use a sunburst metallic dial, our new Zenith Chronomaster Heritage Limited Edition moves away from the original’s silver in favor of a subtle champagne color. We think that this dial color offers a very pleasant contrast with the blued hands. We’re also quite fond of no-date watches at Timeless, so it should be no surprise that, like the original, the Zenith Timeless Chronomaster Heritage features a simple, chronograph-only layout.
While perfecting the dial was challenging, choosing the case was not. The obvious case to utilize from Zenith’s modern portfolio was the Heritage 146 for its strong resemblance to the original. The 146’s lugs are bolder and more contemporary, but the versatile 38mm size was ideal for our purposes and the pushers matched its vintage style perfectly. However, the crown was thicker than what we were looking for, so instead we opted for a somewhat thinner and more understated crown which better contributed to its dressy look.
We’re also pleased to offer three different straps, all priced identically, on the new Zenith Chronomaster Heritage Limited Edition. Collectors can choose between brown, black, and blue straps, as well as three different lengths. That optionality makes this a watch to perfectly fit and match every buyer, right out of the box.
The Zenith Chronomaster Heritage Limited Edition will be our smallest run of a limited edition yet, with only 25 pieces being made. The price is $7,500 per watch and you can pre-order it here.
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