Chronomaster Sport completes a 50-year-plus-story arc. Steeped in Zenith’s long history with the El Primero, the sporty-chic automatic chronograph offers a full house of historical legitimacy, icon-inspired design chops and industry-leading high-frequency precision.
Despite a complete overhaul, the new Zenith Chronomaster Sport seems satisfyingly familiar. The modern interpretation of this elite-level chronograph has embraced the hallmarks from the collections and designs from the 80s, 90s and of course draws from its original launch in 1969.
The watch uses a new iteration of the El Primero, the calibre 3600, one which is simpler and upgrades performance, allowing for timing to a tenth of a second. That means the central second hand actually completes a lap of the dial in 10 seconds, which explains the unconventional markings in the black ceramic bezel (and also makes for a neat trick when showing off the watch).
Design wise, the new Chronomaster Sport is set apart from its predecessors. Crafted in a sleek and robust steel case measuring 41mm wide with pump-style pushers, the polished black ceramic bezel gives it a striking modern aesthetic and a contrast that helps offer exceptional legibility on the periphery of the dial. Little touches, such as the triple overlapping sub dials, see them take larger real-estate to suit the scale and modernity.
Available in two references – a white dial and a black dial – both watches feature the signature El Primero tri-colour chronograph registers in blue, anthracite and light grey, just like the A386 calibre from 1969.
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Words: Marne Schwartz