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2015

Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 1969 Tour Auto Edition

A direct heir to the model that revolutionised watchmaking more than 40 years ago, the Chronomaster 1969 Tour Auto Edition naturally borrows its key characteristics while adding a sporty touch. Through its design that immediately brings to mind the spirit of competition and the world of classic cars, the Open dial features a specific treatment. The rhodium-plated surface is brushed in the 6 – 12 o’clock direction to ensure consistency with its lines. The subtly arranged colours also play an important role: the blue-white-red stripes are of course a nod to the colours of the French flag. The opaline silver-toned tachymetric scale makes a striking contrast with the inner blue ring and its white graduations, while the 300 divisions displaying units of measurement all the way down to the fifth-of-a-second chronograph times are indicated on red and blue transfers. The hollowed and snailed 30-minute and 12-hour counters at 3 and 6 o’clock are surrounded by a blue circular satin-brushed rim. Like all chronograph models in the line (apart from ladies’ watches), the central sweep-seconds hand is fitted with a star-shaped counterpoise. The one on this model, along with the counter hands, is red to enhance the legibility of the chronograph times. To ensure smooth overall aesthetic consistency, the small-seconds trident appearing through the “Open” window at 9 o’clock is composed of blue-white-red colours. Another signature feature of El Primero models, the slim bezel ensures a generous diameter for the dial and its slightly convex box-style sapphire crystal provides side lighting for the dial and thus ensures optimal readability.