Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Zenith El Primero Skeleton Tribute to The Rolling Stones Limited Edition

In honour of the famous British band The Rolling Stones, Swiss luxury watch brand Zenith presents an special series of El Primero watches which embodies the legendary music band’s signature rock’n’ roll style. Featuring black ceramic case and an open-worked dial, and equipped with an El Primero ‘engine’, this limited edition El Primero chronograph collection offers 250 pieces worldwide.

An imposing 45 mm black ceramic case frames an open-worked dial setting the scene for a spectacular high-flying mechanical show. This three dimensional display features a Stones symbol small seconds indication, in yet another reference to the fabled musicians.
The restless and ardent spirit of this famous rock band meets the creative daring of the brand with the guiding star. Embodying this union, the El Primero Skeleton Tribute to The Rolling Stones in ceramic – the first use of this material in the Zenith range – is a compendium of rock attitude features. This powerfully structured column-wheel chronograph in deep black with red accents boasts an athletic build with a competition-grade beating heart. Its skeleton-type construction vividly showcases the El Primero mechanism.
Housed in a case water-resistant to 100 metres, this open-worked display features hands evoking the neck of a Fender Telecaster 1950s electric guitar, along with luminescent nickel-plated hour-markers. The red colour of the star-tipped centre seconds hand matches that of the date, with its cut-out numerals standing out boldly against a crimson dot at 6 o’clock. In a powerful visual echo, the famous “tongue and lips” logo inspired by the mouth of lead singer Mick Jagger appears on the seconds disc, spinning like a vinyl record on a turntable.
Its column-wheel chronograph movement beating at the impetuous pace of 36,000 vibrations/ hour and thus enabling tenth-of-a-second display – is a worthy descendant of the world’s most accurate series-made chronograph developed by Zenith in 1969.

Displaying an impressive combination of performance and precision, the 326-part El Primero Calibre 400B is wound by an oscillating weight bearing the famous red Rolling Stones logo and adorned with a Côtes de Genève motif. It powers a central display of the hours and minutes, small seconds, along with chronograph, tachymeter and date functions, while delivering an over 50-hour power reserve.

This timepiece comes with a black calfskin strap with hot-stamped rock-style motifs and red stitching, secured by a triple folding clasp in black PVD-coated titanium. Each of the timepieces in this 250-piece limited edition comes in a dedicated presentation box.

Technical details
Reference: 49.2521.400/98.C755
Limited Edition of 250 units

Movement El Primero 400B, Automatic
Calibre 13¼``` (Diameter: 30 mm)
Thickness: 6.60 mm
Components: 326
Jewels: 31
Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power-reserve: min. 50 hours
Finishes: Oscillating weight with “Côtes de Genève” motif and bearing The Rolling Stones logo

Small seconds disc at 9 o’clock adorned with The Rolling Stones logo
Hours and minutes in the centre
- Central chronograph hand
- 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock
- 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock
Date indication at 6 o’clock

Material: Black ceramic
Diameter: 45 mm
Opening diameter: 37.80 mm
Thickness: 14.05 mm
Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
Case-back: Transparent sapphire crystal
Water-resistance: 5 ATM

Black elements screwed to the movement
Hour-markers: Black nickel-plated, faceted and coated with black SuperLuminova
Hands: Black nickel-plated, faceted and coated with black SuperLuminova

Black calfskin leather with protective rubber lining & adorned with Rock n’Roll hot prints
Black PVD-coated Titanium triple folding clasp

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