About a year ago, Zenith Watches teamed up with Bamford Watch Department to present the Chronomaster El Primero Solar Blue for MR PORTER. The success of this limited edition has encouraged the manufacture and the watch customiser to join forces once again. Meet the Chronomaster El Primero Radar, an unusual, bold and modern take on the iconic automatic chronograph.
The Chronomaster El Primero Radar draws its inspiration from Zenith historical design cues, reinterpreted in a modern way. Like the Solar Blue edition, it features a gradient dial framed by white, radiating markers on the periphery of the dial – something unique to Bamford creations. Yet, the most striking element is, without doubt, the eye-catching red “radar” chronograph 30-minute register contrasting with the dark background.
To reproduce a “night vision” effect, it glows in the dark thanks to the application of Super-LumiNova. According to the press release, the inspiration comes from the striking red accents of a 1916 Zenith pocket watch George Bamford stumbled upon during a visit to the manufacture in Le Locle. The target small seconds framed by concentric circles is also inspired by vintage Zenith watches.
To complete the modern look of the watch, the 42mm case comes in micro-blasted steel with a matte finish all over. The rubber strap is embossed with a cordura effect and has red stitching matching the radar counter. It is secured to the wrist with a triple folding clasp.
The Zenith x Bamford Chronomaster El Primero Radar is a boutique-exclusive limited edition of 50 pieces. It retails for CHF 7,900. The first maintenance service will be complimentary.
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