For the past 25 years, TourAutoOptic2000 has witnessed the journey of antique cars across the approximately 2,000 kilometers between Paris and Cannes. From April 18th to 24th, 240 players will test their courage on the closed track. Only antique cars that participated in historical events from 1951 to 1973 are eligible to participate, and the car body and engine cannot be modified in any way. These unique cars have maintained outstanding performance and unchanging style, found their way of existence for decades, and became the inspiration for Zenith’s new ElPrimeroChronomaster1969TourAuto watch.
Like a car with a lifted lid and a cutting-edge mechanical display, the new ElPrimeroChronomaster1969TourAuto watch features Zenith’s famous dial design and a window at 11 o’clock, revealing the charming operation of the ElPrimero 4061 automatic chronograph movement. The movement is assembled of 282 parts, equipped with a silicon lever escapement and integrated column wheel structure. It has a central hour and minute hand display, timing and speed measurement. The frequency is 36,000 times per hour (5 Hz), and the timing accuracy is up to One tenth of a second, officially certified by COSC, and can provide 50 hours of power reserve.
The case is 42 mm in diameter and is matte-finished with a slender polished bezel, curved sapphire mirror, pitted crown and two round buttons. The face is slate-gray with blue, white and red vertical stripes. The overall appearance is quite sporty. The dial surface surrounds the tachymeter scale and is decorated with a snail-shaped sub-dial. The faceted minute and minute hands are coated with a Luminescence fluorescent layer to ensure perfect readability under any light conditions. The bottom of the watch is engraved with the TourAutoOptic2000 event logo, and the pendulum is carefully decorated with Geneva waves.
Zenith’s new ElPrimeroChronomaster1969TourAuto watch is limited to 500 pieces. It has a tri-color striped decorative fabric strap and a triple folding stainless steel buckle. (Photo / text watch home Xu Chaoyang)