When the designers at Zenith asked themselves what an El Primero from 1969 inspired by the great outdoors would look like, they imagined something entirely different from what the Manufacture had produced in over 50 years since the famed calibre’s introduction; something that evoked the vivid colours and textures found on wild terrains with the same utility and ergonomics as its most prized chronographs. The result is the Chronomaster Revival “Safari”, a lush reinterpretation of a signature vintage chronograph icon.
The geometry and overall proportions of this fresh and modern chronograph are identical to those of the historical A384, but the look and feel of the case couldn’t be more different. Instead of the traditionally finished stainless steel in a mix of satin-brushed and polished surfaces, the Safari is crafted in titanium that’s lighter yet harder than steel. The entire case including the star-emblazoned crown and pump-style pushers are fashioned in an intriguingly muted finish that’s entirely microblasted to bring out the dark nuances of titanium by absorbing light rather than reflecting it.
Exhibiting tones ranging from deep olive-green to cooler spruce tones, the dial of the Chronomaster Revival Safari is a deep matte green with contrasting black registers and tachymeter scale, with a touch of vintage inspiration with its warm beige-coloured SuperLumiNova on the applied baton markers and hands. The white on green date wheel is perfectly camouflaged with the rest of the dial; legible when you need it but never distracting. The rubber and cordura-effect strap takes on the same khaki-green tone as the dial, and is fixed to a matte microblasted titanium pin buckle.
Powering this retro-inspired but resolutely modern and edgy chronograph is the El Primero automatic high-frequency chronograph calibre, visible through the display back. In production since 1969 and gradually evolved throughout the years, this is the closest iteration to the original version of the seminal chronograph movement.
The Zenith Chronomaster Revival Safari is ready to go where no El Primero has gone before, and is available from Zenith boutiques & e-commerce from June 2021.
Zenith Chronomaster Revival “Safari” Technical Specifications and Price
Key points: Microblasted titanium case, Original 1969 case with 37mm diameter, Automatic El Primero column-wheel chronograph. Boutiques & e-commerce edition.
- Hours and minutes in the centre.
- Small seconds at nine o’clock.
- Chronograph: central chronograph hand, 12-hour counter at six o’clock, 30-minute counter at three o’clock.
- Tachymetric scale.
- Date indication at 4:30.
- El Primero 400 Automatic
- Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
- Power reserve: min. 50 hours
Case & Dial
- Diameter: 37-mm
- Material: microblasted titanium
- Dial: Khaki green with black counters
- Water-resistance: 5 ATM
- Hour-markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with beige Super-LumiNova®SLN
- Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with beige Super-LumiNova®SLN
Bracelet & Buckle
- Khaki green “cordura effect” strap and white stitching.
- Microblasted titanium pin buckle.
- 8900 CHF