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Zenith Launches Limited-Edition El Primero Chronograph at 2015 Paris Tour AutosharetweetshareLast week, I had created the chance to join Zenith in Paris for the launch from the 2015 Tour Auto Optic 2000 classic car rally, which marked the two Swiss brand's inaugural year because Tour's official timekeeper and the debut of the El Primero Chronomaster 1969 Tour Auto Edition timepiece. Scroll down for much more for the event plus the limited-edition watch.Zenith, founded in Le Locle, Switzerland in 1865 by George Favre-Jacot, commemorates its 150th anniversary this coming year, as well as the sponsorship from the Tour Auto, the most important events for the international classic-car-racing calendar, can be a of the number of initiatives the company has brought to enhance knowledge of its many milestones and accomplishments. Watch aficionados and watch historians are undoubtedly knowledgeable about some of these. Its founder Favre-Jacot, with the tender age of 22, replica watches was the first watch entrepreneur to make all the stages of watch production under one roof, a new concept in the era when these artisans were customarily scattered across a big area. The watch company he founded, that she named Zenith in 1911, sports ths record for chronometer prizes awarded from the Swiss observatory competitions. As well as, there is a fascinating story from the El Primero ?the legendary chronograph movement that rocked the watch world inside the seminal year of 1969 ?and that movement's subsequent rescue from quartz-crisis-mandated oblivion in the 1970s by an insubordinate employee (who in modern times has become honored regarding his own limited-edition Zenith watch; more about the story plot plus the watch here.)Above: cheapest tag watches Zenith's Pop-Up booth became a popular take a look at the Tour Auto kick-off event on the Grand Palais. Below: guests observe a Zenith watchmaker at the office.As official timekeeper, Zenith's branding was evident on every one of the Tour Auto cars.Zenith's link to the realm of auto racing ?and France ?began in 1955, when Maurice Trintignant took over as first French F1 driver to win the prestigious Grand Prix de Monaco. The company also cites the undeniable parallels involving the an entire world of classic cars and high-end mechanical timekeepers, each of which are "often produced individually through hand, while their maintenance also requires extreme attention and meticulous care." To start up the very first year of Zenith's partnership with Tour Auto (a part in which it ended up being preceded by several other luxury watch brands, including its sister company inside the LVMH luxury group, Hublot), two gentlemen related to Zenith got suited around get involved in the 2011 rally, which launched on May 21 from Paris's architecturally breathtaking Grand Palais and included 223 vintage sports cars dating from 1951 to 1979. Zenith ambassador and extreme skydiver Felix Baumgartner, who famously jumped from your space capsule through the regarding the global atmosphere for any historic sound-barrier-breaking freefall ?while wearing a Zenith Stratos Flyback watch ?got behind the wheel of the 1955 Mercedes 300 SL with gullwing doors, the new limited-edition watch shackled by his wrist; while Aldo Magada, Zenith's recently appointed CEO, co-piloted a 1964 Jaguar type E 3.8L (with Zenith team driver Daniel Spadini) after hosting a Zenith "Pop-Up" presentation and party in the Grand Palais around the eve with the rally's launch.Zenith ceo and president Aldo Magada (left) with Felix BaumgartnerBaumgartner gets driving of his Mercedes wearing the brand new limited-edition watchThe Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 1969 Tour Auto Edition, which guests saw the very first time displayed at Zenith's "Pop-Up" event space, is fixed to 500 pieces and joins the brand's "Open" collection, the location where the dial incorporates a distinctly-shaped window inside upper left quadrant, around 11 o'clock, to exhibit the beating heart with the El Primero, the groundbreaking chronograph movement that roared to the horological scene in 1969. Among its notable features are its ultra-fast frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour (which, in layman's terms, means its integrated stopwatch can record times with 1/10-second precision, certainly an asset in timing a vehicle race); its column-wheel design, that has a ratcheted wheel machined from the block of solid steel whose hardness enables it to improve deal with the wear-and-tear of repeated handling; as well as "dry" lubrication system, which prevents oils released from the movement's escapement from gumming up the smooth running in the mechanisms. The movement, officially named El Primero 4061, possesses a lever along with an escape wheel created from friction-resistant, antimagnetic silicon, that is harder nevertheless lighter than steel. Additionally, ben ten watch as a nod to its 150 years of precision timekeeping awards, Zenith has engineered the movement (since it has all movements on view series as well as its tourbillon models) in order to meet the stringent chronometer certification standards with the Swiss testing agency, COSC.The watch's rhodium-plated dial features the red-white-and-blue stripes representing france flag, a visually arresting shout-out towards the history of the Tour Auto rally, that was first kept in 1899. The tricoulor also makes its presence felt within the blue calfskin strap, having a protective black rubber lining and perforated within the type of historical leather racing gloves. The tachymeter scale around the dial ?a must-have in any chronograph watch that claims auto racing DNA ?is silver toned and contrasts by having an inner blue ring with white gradations. Within that ring is a chronograph scale subdivided into 300 units, enabling the wearer to record times right down to the 1/5 second. The subdial at 3 o'clock tallies 30 chronograph minutes whilst the one at 6 o'clock counts nearly 12 hours. The red central seconds hand is tipped with Zenith's iconic "star" emblem. The important seconds are visible in outside window, shown by a propeller-like wheel with red, white , and blue spokes. The medial side from the brushed steel case, measuring 42 mm in diameter, provides you with two mushroom-type push-pieces with colored grooves: red to the start-stop pusher, blue for that reset. The caseback includes a sapphire window adorned using the Tour Auto brand name and the watch's series number.The Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 1969 Tour Auto Edition made its debut with the Grand Palais within the eve of the Tour Auto departure.The Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 1969 Tour Auto Edition costs $11,900 and is available in an uplifting presentation box having a Tour Auto logo and a blue interior matching the watch's predominant colors. Your box ?along with the watch ?were assuredly a most welcome sight for Philippe Vandromme and Frederic Vivier, winners of Tour Auto Group G inside their Ford GT40, who have been each assigned one on the rally's conclusion on April 25th in Biarritz.sharetweetshare replica breitling copilot watches
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