Zenith Chronomaster El Primero C.01 – Members Only

It’s becoming increasingly more incessant for watch brands to create special, exclusive releases for genuine collectors. A collector’s club situated in Silicon Valley is the most recent recipient of a customized Zenith watch for its individuals. With such a high concentration of IT companies and the approaching presence of Apple, it is reasonable for deduce that most techie folks in Silicon Valley stick to techie contraptions with regards to wrist wear. Clearly the collector’s club organizers – Gabe Reilly and Asher Rapkin – detected a niche in this cutting edge desert garden for old fashioned mechanical watches and created the club Collective. As devotees of Zenith’s El Primero , which incidentally celebrates its 50th commemoration this year , the originators decided to kick off their individuals just club with 50 customized watches of Chronomaster El Primero.

What’s distinctive about the Chronomaster El Primero C.01?

The Collective club has gone for the more modest 38mm steel case instead of the 42mm – selecting a similar case size as the first 1969 model. The case, with a tallness of 12.45mm, highlights the natural exchanging cleaned and glossy silk brushed surfaces of other El Primero watches however has bespoke silk brushed pushers to match the hauls. The genuine customisation changes however have to do with the dial.

In keeping with Silicon Valley style orders, where the clothing regulation is strictly casual, the watch is deliberately serene and laid-back. Think along the lines of those smooth white Apple contraptions and you’ll get the idea…

Gone are the colorful sub-dials and red central chronograph hand and all things being equal, the watch presents a practically monochrome appearance. The dial includes a matte white background with unobtrusive light-dim accents on the moment track and sub-dials. All the imprinting on the dial is additionally picked out in dark and for those of you who have a fear to date windows, this also has been stifled. According to the brand, this decision was taken for the sake of balance.

The applied and facetted hour markers and hands are recognizable, however the lume (Super-LumiNova C1) on the tips of the markers and down the hands gleams a cool shade of blue in obscurity. Like the hour and moment hands, the chronograph hand is likewise rhodium-plated to mix into the relieving color scheme. Incidentally, the C.01 for the sake of the watch indicates that it is the launch piece for Collective members.

El Primero high-frequency movement

Underneath the sapphire crystal on the converse side is an El Primero 4601 automatic column-wheel chronograph development running at 36,000vph/5Hz with a hearty force hold of 50 hours. Despite the fact that you can’t see it in the pictures gave, the case back will include a XX/50 and C.01 engraving.


The last detail to separate this watch from the crowd is the extreme and enduring Cordura fabric lash “to furnish the watch with a more modern feel” and underline the device watch esthetic sought after in this collaboration.

Limited to 50 pieces exclusively for individuals from the Collective club, the watch has a retail price of USD 6,850. More subtleties at zenith-watches.com .