Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo Presents Two Exclusive ZENITH EL PRIMERO Limited Edition Chronographs Designed by Phillips

A Yellow Gold Ref. A386 Limited to 20 Pieces & A Stainless Steel Ref. A386 Limited to 49 Pieces

ZENITH EL PRIMERO Limited Edition Chronographs Designed by Phillips
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Earlier this Fall, Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo announced the presentation of a unique Zenith El Primero Ref. 386 in platinum. The first of three models created in collaboration with Zenith, this pièce unique will be sold this weekend by Phillips during The Geneva Watch Auction X on November 9, with proceeds from the sale donated to the ZOE4LIFE foundation. Known as the “One-Off”, the watch will be the only Ref. A386 that Zenith will ever make in PT 950 platinum, and is the first of its kind to feature a breathtaking Lapis Lazuli dial.

ZENITH EL PRIMERO Limited Edition Chronographs Designed by Phillips

Following the presentation of the “One-Off”, Zenith and Phillips decided to pursue their collaboration by sitting down again to create two more El Primero Ref. A386 chronographs, limited to 69 pieces in total, in honor of the birth year of the El Primero caliber. It was an honor for Phillips to be put into the designer’s seat, and work with a watchmaker that has on more than one occasion revolutionized the way watches are made.

Zenith Phillips El Primero platinum

Since they felt it was impossible to create watches that would fully encapsulate the El Primero’s rich and beautiful history, Aurel Bacs, Senior Consultant at Bacs & Russo and Alex Ghotbi, Head of Watches Continental Europe & Middle East for Phillips, decided instead to turn back the clock and imagine themselves in Le Locle, in 1969, in the shoes of the manufacturer’s designers.ZENITH EL PRIMERO Limited Edition Chronographs Designed by Phillips

The world’s first automatic column-wheel high-frequency chronograph has just been developed and is about to be unveiled to the world. What would the design be? The result is an extraordinary yellow gold El Primero Ref. A386 with a stunning black dial with gold sub-registers and gold printing – a contrast that is beloved in the watch collecting community, and unlike anything previously made by Zenith.ZENITH EL PRIMERO Limited Edition Chronographs Designed by Phillips

For the stainless steel version, Phillips’ team was inspired by color schemes characteristic of fashionable textiles and popular interior design during the 60s. The iconic overlapping registers of the first ever Zenith El Primero Ref. A386 remain, but brown terracotta tones replace the grey, dark grey and blue of the original dial.ZENITH EL PRIMERO Limited Edition Chronographs Designed by Phillips

The launch, in Geneva, of the two limited edition Zenith El Primero Ref. A386 for Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo, marks the final stop of the El Primero 50th Anniversary World Tour celebrating the watchmaker’s revolutionary chronograph across five continents.ZENITH EL PRIMERO Limited Edition Chronographs Designed by Phillips

The watches will be offered individually to clients, the steel model will be offered on a leather strap and a ladder bracelet reminiscent of the bracelets made by Gay-Frères for Zenith back in the day. However, the winning bidder of the “One-Off” Zenith El Primero A386 in platinum will be given right of first refusal to the yellow gold and stainless steel limited editions, in order to have the opportunity to acquire all three models made for Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo, and completing a unique trilogy in three different case metals.Zenith Phillips El Primero platinum

Aurel Bacs, Senior Consultant Bacs & Russo and Alex Ghotbi, Head of Watches Continental Europe & Middle East, enthusiastically declared: “It was fascinating to sit on a time-machine, go back to 1969 and put ourselves in the shoes of Zenith designers and management, designing the dials of what would become one the most iconic movements ever created. We did not want to create an homage-piece but a watch whose design would have been in the Zenith archives since 1969. It was a true pleasure and honor to work with Zenith’s management and designers to create what for us is: a truly unique experience.ZENITH EL PRIMERO Limited Edition Chronographs Designed by Phillips

Zenith CEO Julien Tornare said: “Watching how the teams at Zenith and Phillips clicked the way they did on the 50thAnniversary El Primero project was amazing. With all this creativity and passion bouncing back and forth between the two, we had to find a way to prolong the collaboration. The result is the Zenith x Phillips collection, developed and designed with and for Phillips. It consists of two editions, one in gold (20 watches) and the other in steel (49 watches). We couldn’t resist: adding up the production runs gives you the year the El Primero was born; and both in their own way draw on the El Primero’s rich heritage while creating modern classics in their own right.”

ABOUT PHILLIPS IN ASSOCIATION WITH BACS & RUSSO

The team of specialists at Phillips Watches is dedicated to an uncompromised approach to quality, transparency, and client service, achieving a sale total of $ 108 million in 2018 – its third consecutive year as the worldwide market leader in watch auctions.

A selection of our recent record-breaking prices:

  1. Paul Newman’s Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona reference 6239 (CHF 17,709,894/US$17,752,500) – New York Auction: Winning Icons – 26 October 2017 – ­­­Highest result ever achieved for any wristwatch at auction.
  2. Patek Philippe reference 1518 in stainless steel (CHF 11,020,000 /US$11,112,020) – Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR – 12 November 2016 – Highest result ever achieved for a Patek Philippe wristwatch at auction.

ABOUT PHILLIPS

Phillips is a leading global platform for buying and selling 20th and 21st-century art and design. With dedicated expertise in the areas of 20th Century and Contemporary Art, Design, Photographs, Editions, Watches, and Jewelry, Phillips offers professional services and advice on all aspects of collecting. Auctions and exhibitions are held at salerooms in New York, London, Geneva, and Hong Kong, while clients are further served through representative offices based throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. Phillips also offers an online auction platform accessible anywhere in the world.  In addition to providing selling and buying opportunities through auction, Phillips brokers private sales and offers assistance with appraisals, valuations, and other financial services.

Visit www.phillips.com for further information.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium; prices achieved include the hammer price plus buyer’s premium.

 

EL PRIMERO A386 – THE ONE-OFF

Reference: 40.P386.400/57.C842

KEY POINTS

  • Tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the Legendary El Primero
  • Original revival of the 1969 38-mm case
  • Unique Piece in Platinum with Lapis Lazuli dial
  • Automatic El Primero column-wheel chronograph
  • Lifetime Warranty

MOVEMENT

  • El Primero 400, Automatic
  • Calibre: 13 ¼ “` (Diameter: 30 mm)
  • Movement thickness: 6.6.mm
  • Components: 278
  • Jewels: 31
  • Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
  • Power-reserve: min. 50 hours
  • Finishes: Oscillating weight with “Côtes de Genève”. motif

FUNCTIONS

  • Hours and minutes in the centre
  • Small seconds at 9 o’clock
  • Chronograph:
  • – Central chronograph hand
  • – 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock
  • – 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock
  • Tachymetric scale
  • Date indication at 4:30

CASE, DIAL & HANDS

  • Diameter: 38 mm
  • Diameter opening: 33.05 mm
  • Thickness: 12.60 mm
  • Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
  • Case-back: Transparent sapphire crystal
  • Material: Platinum
  • Water-resistance: 5 ATM
  • Dial: Lapis Lazuli dial with white lacquered counters
  • Hour-markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with beige Super-LumiNova SLN
  • Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with beige Super-LumiNova SL

STRAP & BUCKLE

  • Blue calfskin leather strap with protective rubber lining
  • White gold pin buckle

 

 

EL PRIMERO A386 REVIVAL – STEEL

Reference: 03.P386.400/07.C840ZENITH EL PRIMERO Limited Edition Chronographs Designed by Phillips

KEY POINTS

  • Tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the Legendary El Primero
  • Original revival of the 1969 38-mm case
  • Automatic El Primero column-wheel chronograph
  • Available on straight end links ladder bracelet
  • Limited Edition of 49 units

MOVEMENT

  • El Primero 400, Automatic
  • Calibre: 13 ¼ “` (Diameter: 30 mm)
  • Movement thickness: 6.6.mm
  • Components: 278
  • Jewels: 31
  • Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
  • Power-reserve: min. 50 hours
  • Finishes: Oscillating weight with “Côtes de Genève”. motif

FUNCTIONS

  • Hours and minutes in the centre. Small seconds at 9 o’clock
  • Chronograph:
  • – Central chronograph hand
  • – 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock
  • – 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock
  • Tachymetric scale
  • Date indication at 4:30

CASE, DIAL & HANDS

  • Diameter: 38 mm
  • Diameter opening: 33.05 mm
  • Thickness: 12.60 mm
  • Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
  • Case-back: Transparent sapphire crystal with PHILLIPS logo
  • Material: steel
  • Water-resistance: 5 ATM
  • Dial: Eggshell dial with 3 shades of brown colored counters. “Tropical” dial.
  • Hour-markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with beige Super-LumiNova SLN
  • Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with beige Super-LumiNova SLN

STRAP & BUCKLE

  • Honey Calfskin leather strap with protective rubber lining.
  • Metal bracelet included (Revival of the original “Gay Frères” ladder bracelet)
  • Steel pin buckle

 

EL PRIMERO A386 REVIVAL – YELLOW GOLD

Reference: 30.P386.400/27.C841ZENITH EL PRIMERO Limited Edition Chronographs Designed by Phillips

KEY POINTS

  • Tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the Legendary El Primero
  • Original revival of the 1969 38-mm case
  • Automatic El Primero column-wheel chronograph
  • Limited Edition of 20 units

MOVEMENT

  • El Primero 400, Automatic
  • Calibre: 13 ¼ “` (Diameter: 30 mm)
  • Movement thickness: 6.6.mm
  • Components: 278
  • Jewels: 31
  • Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
  • Power-reserve: min. 50 hours
  • Finishes: Oscillating weight with “Côtes de Genève”. motif

FUNCTIONS

  • Hours and minutes in the centre
  • Small seconds at 9 o’clock
  • Chronograph:
  • – Central chronograph hand
  • – 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock
  • – 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock
  • Tachymetric scale
  • Date indication at 4:30

CASE, DIAL & HANDS

  • Diameter: 38 mm
  • Diameter opening: 33.05 mm
  • Thickness: 12.60 mm
  • Crystal: Box sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
  • Case-back: Transparent sapphire crystal with PHILLIPS logo
  • Material: Yellow gold
  • Water-resistance: 5 ATM
  • Dial: Black dial with gold colored counters
  • Hour-markers: Gold-plated, faceted and coated with beige Super-LumiNova SLN
  • Hands: Gold-plated, faceted and coated with beige Super-LumiNova SLN

STRAP & BUCKLE

  • Brown calfskin leather strap with protective rubber lining
  • Yellow gold pin buckle

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