The Chronomaster El Primero is all set for an exciting racing journey at the end of this month as the Open Tour Auto Edition gears up in full swing.
Zenith has close ties with the world of motorsports, especially classic cars. From April 24th to 30th, the Chronomaster El Primero Open Tour Auto Edition will see this relationship reach a new high. The watch accompanies competing crews in the 2017 Tour Auto Optic 2ooo… one of the most prestigious European gatherings of prestigious cars.
For the first time in the history of this iconic rally, following the traditional exhibition under the glass dome of the Grand Palais in Paris, it’s all aboard for Brittany on an exciting new route devised by Peter Auto for the 230 entrants in this 26th edition.
Chronomaster El Primero Open Tour Auto Edition
Zenith will pay tribute to the classic cars competing in the event by unveiling an exclusive watch featuring elegant bodywork, powerful engine and tricolour accents. The watch carries the precision of the legendary El Primero 4061 automatic chronograph calibre.
We can’t but help looking at similarities with the motor car design, and there are many! Like a car bonnet raised to display state-of-the-art mechanics, the famous 11 o’clock dial opening reveals the beating heart. The 282-part COSC chronometer-certified movement drives central hours and minutes hands, chronograph and tachymeter functions, as well as a tenth-of-a-second display, while ensuring a 50-hour power reserve.
It is a high-performance ‘engine’ no doubt! It is housed inside a 42 mm-diameter brushed steel case, topped by a slender polished bezel. The dial is slate grey and there are vertical blue-white-red stripes, a nod to the tricolour French rally banner.
The distinctive dial ensures optimal legibility in any lighting, while the exhibition case-back bearing the engraved race logo reveals an oscillating weight adorned with a “Côtes de Genève” motif.
Zenith’s Chronomaster El Primero is all set to start the race!