zenith el primero date open closeup



Zenith showcases multiple complications with the help of a brilliant movement laid bare in the Chronomaster El Primero Grande Date Full Open.

With its generous 45mm case topped by domed glass with sapphire crystal back, the entire movement in the Chronomaster El Primero Grande Date Full Open is on show. The 332 components in the Zenith movement have been carefully put together to create a stunning 3D artwork bringing the complications to life. A Moon and Sun phase appear at 6 with two discs, the former completing its rotation in 59 days and the latter in 24 hours. A large date at 2 displays the days. The sapphire dial also features two blue and grey-tinted transparent counters, one for the small seconds and one for the chronograph’s 30 minute counter.

zenith el primero date open closeup

The watch is fuelled by a high-frequency 5Hz El Primero calibre. Its precision provides short time accuracy to one tenth of a second. A 30 minute counter at 3 and a central chronograph hand make it easy to keep track of time whilst pushers make handling the chronograph classic. The self-winding chronograph joins forces with the best of traditional watchmaking: a modern column wheel and a silicone escapement. Despite its many complications, the movement still gives the Chronomaster El Primero Grande Date Full Open a 50 hour power reserve.

Specific colour codes make it easy to read the dial. The silver chapter ring is rimmed by a blue ring. The facetted SuperLuminova-coated hands track the black and white minute track and luminescent markers. A slim red-tipped central seconds hand bears Zenith’s signature star and glides over the majestic piece.

Price: 10,600 € (steel) – 12,200 € (steel and rose gold) zenith.com

By Dan Diaconu