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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THIS ARTICLE WAS FIRST PUBLISHED IN THE 6TH PRINT EDITION OF ICON INTERNATIONAL, AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ONLINE HERE. 

Words: Marne Schwartz

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