Hands-on: ZENITH Chronomaster Sport powered by the new El Primero 3600 calibre.

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A WORLD PREMIERE in 4K! This is the ZENITH Chronomaster Sport, powered by the new El Primero 3600 calibre.

With the experience Zenith gained in more than five decades of the El Primero and high-frequency chronographs in general, the manufacture in Le Locle/Jura/Switzerland is able to precisely offer a 1/10th of second display from the 5 Hz (36.000 A/h) escapement, as well as an extended power reserve of 60 hours. Visible through the sapphire display back, the new architecture is strikingly evident, revealing a blue column wheel and open rotor marked with the five-pointed star Zenith.

Zenith CEO Julien Tornare told me yesterday: “Alexander, the latest Chronomaster Sport collection marks the beginning of new era for the quintessential Zenith sporty-chic chronograph. Once again pushing the boundaries of high-frequency precision, the Chronomaster Sport is the culmination point in Zenith’s unequalled legacy of automatic chronographs that combines the spirit of the El Primero A386, the form of the Chronomaster De Luca and the high-frequency performance established by the El Primero calibre for over 50 years in a sporty chronograph like no other – in both style and substance.”

Crafted in a sleek and robust steel case measuring 41 mm wide with pump-style pushers, the polished black ceramic bezel sets the new Chronomaster Sport apart from its predecessors. Graduated over 10 seconds, its bold contrast offers exceptional legibility on the periphery of the dial.

The Chronomaster Sport comes in two references. Whether the black or white dial, both feature the signature El Primero tri-color chronograph registers in blue, anthracite and light grey, just like the A386 from 1969. Each of the counters is graduated to 60 for an intuitive and instantaneous reading of the chronograph.

Befitting the modern yet timeless aesthetic of this exceptional chronograph, the Chronomaster Sport comes on an integrated steel bracelet similar to those conceived by Gay Frères, who supplied many of Zenith’s metal bracelets in the past.

A textured cordura-effect rubber strap option with a steel deployant buckle is also available.

Price incl. VAT : 9900 CHF (metal bracelet) & 9400 CHF (Cordura effect bracelet)

Reference : 03.3100.3600/69.M3100
Reference: 03.3100.3600/21.M3100

Movement : El Primero 3600 automatic
Frequency: 36.000 A/h (= 5 Hz)
Displaying 1/10th of a second on the dial
Power-reserve : min. 60 hours
Functions : Hours and minutes in the centre. Small seconds at 9 o’clock
Chronograph: Central chronograph hand that makes one turn in 10 seconds, 60-minute counter at 6 o’clock, 60-second counter at 3 o’clock
Diameter: 41 mm
Thickness. 14 mm
Lug-to-lug: 42 – 47 mm (depending where you measure from lug to lug)
Material: Stainless steel with black ceramic bezel
Weight: 148 grams
Water-resistance: 10 ATM (= 100 metres)
Dial: White matte dial with three different applied coloured counters. / Black lacquered dial with three different applied coloured counters.
Hour-markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova SLN C1
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova SLN C1
Bracelet & bucle : Available on metal bracelet or blue rubber bracelet with « Cordura » effect / or black rubber bracelet with « Cordura » effect. Double folding clasp with security mechanism.