Apart from the crazy complicated creations offered for Only Watch 2015 – like the unique Patek Philippe 5016 (with a minute repeater, a tourbillon and a QP) or the music machine by Ulysse Nardin – this charity auction held by Phillips Watches on November 7th, 2015 will also show the opportunity to bet on more affordable but iconic watches – but of course, in unique editions. Tudor will come with a one-of-a-kind Black Bay and now Zenith introduces its unique edition of the legendary El Primero. Here is the Zenith El Primero Striking 10th Lightweight Tribute to the Rolling Stones for Only Watch 2015.
When we say legendary, it’s with no doubt what the Zenith El Primero is – whatever the edition. In fact, it’s not really the watch itself that is an icon but more the movement that has to be praised, as this caliber was in 1969 part of the world’s first automatic chronographs triad (together with the Heuer Calibre 11 and the Seiko 6139). However, the Zenith proposition still has today something specific: it is a high beat movement. Indeed, the El Primero ticks at a rather unusual 36.000 beats per hour, making it precise to the 10th of a second, something that is again emphasizes into the Striking 10th edition. This watch feature a foudroyante second hand that makes a full run of a dial not in 60 seconds (like the majority of the chronographs on the market) but in 10 seconds, making the display extremely precise and easy to read.
This edition also reintroduces the ‘Lightweight’ concept that we also seen in the 2014 Zenith El Primero Lightweight. It means that the dial is partially skeletonized. Around the 3 sub-counters with the iconic 3 colours (light grey, anthracite and dark blue), the dial is opened to reveal some parts, including a open-worked date wheel (the date is shown at 6 and enlighten in red). The case is however coming in a more classical material compared to the first Lightweight edition (that was featuring a carbon fiber case). The Zenith El Primero Striking 10th Lightweight Tribute to the Rolling Stones has a 45mm case made of black DLC titanium and alternates between brushed and polished surfaces.
This Zenith El Primero Striking 10th Lightweight is also paying tribute to the partnership with famous Rock band ‘The Rolling Stones’. The strap is embossed with the Union Jack (the UK flag) and the band’s tong logo (a logo that can also be found on the oscillating weight). The hands are also specific to this edition and depicts the fretboard of the Fender Telecaster guitar, made famous by the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards.
This unique Zenith El Primero Striking 10th Lightweight Tribute to the Rolling Stones for Only Watch 2015 comes in a presentation box bearing the Rolling Stones logo in conjunction with that of Zenith. This watch will be up for sale at the Only Watch charity auction, taking place in Geneva on 7 November 2015, to assist in furthering research for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. For more details, please visit this page.