Quick takes: the new Zenith Chronomaster Sport in Gold

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Zenith releases the new El Primero Chronomaster Sport in Gold in two dial color variants, black and white. Both models feature the tricolor dial and a full rose gold case. The watches are priced at US$38,200 for either dial types.

Review: Zenith Chronomaster Sport in Gold

The Case and Dial

Sized at 41mm, the rose gold case is matched with a matte white or black dial and a gold bezel. The sub-dials measure the seconds, minutes and hours and features the iconic Zenith tri-color schema.

As with the original Zenith El Primero models, the Zenith Chronomaster Sport houses the date window at the 4.30 position. The subdials are recessed and decorated with concentric circles for added texture.

Instead of cluttering the dial or adding a marker to the rehaut, the bezel is used to measure the 1/10th of a second. Since the chronograph seconds hand takes 10 seconds to make a full turn, the bezel shows a 10 seconds display broken down further into a 1/10th markers. The design choice to use the bezel as the marker instead of a tachymeter scale still used on most chronographs is a clever one that economizes the dial space of the watch.

The dial uses applied indices for the hour markers, with the brand logo sitting above the high-beat 36 000 VpH specification. Pump pushers are used for the chronograph actuation. The hour markers are given a lume tip for low light visibility.

The Movement

An open caseback reveals the in-house El Primero 3600 movement. The lateral clutch column wheel movement has a 60 hour power reserve and beats at 5 Hz. As mentioned earlier, the high frequency makes it possible for the watch to measure 1/10th of a second, giving it an extra technical edge over its competition.

Concluding thoughts

The sports chronograph is possibly the most sought after category among sports watches today. Considering the resurfacing popularity of bracelet timepieces in the recent years, there is a distinctive shift in product development across brands to create iconic sports watches. Chopard’s Alpine Eagle, and Lange’s Odysseus are two such additions. On its own, the Zenith Chronomaster Sport is a charming product. In particular, for its high-beat ‘striking tenth’ movement.

Having the Zenith brand heritage and the enhanced movement also helps it stay away from the negative publicity of being ‘just a Daytona copy’. The watch is priced at US$38,200 approximately 3.5 times more than the steel version at US$11,000.


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