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Zenith: Elite Chronograph Classic

Fans of Zenith timepieces will be thrilled to hear that, thanks to the success achieved by its recent Elite 6150 model, the brand is adding to the collection with a new watch – the Elite Chronograph Classic.

On the outside, the new chronograph is simplicity itself. The 42mm finely curved frame is available in stainless steel or rose gold, and the classic dial features engraved hour-markers and slender leaf-type hands. The rubber-lined alligator leather strap, secured by a triple-folding clasp, adds to the refined aesthetics of the timepiece.

Turn the Elite Chronograph Classic over, however, and you’ll see that its outwardly traditional exterior belies a wealth of intricate expertise.

Through the transparent sapphire crystal, it’s possible to admire the mechanism of the El Primero Calibre 4069 and its openworked oscillating weight, adorned with the Zenith star.

A direct descendant of the world’s most precise series-made chronograph produced by Zenith in 1969, the automatic El Primero Calibre 4069 perpetuates the key assets of its legendary heritage: its integrated column-wheel construction and its exceptional rhythm of 36,000 vibrations per hour guaranteeing tenth-of-a-second precision.

The new Zenith Elite Chronograph Classic may be a nod to the more traditional timepieces, but under its casing, wearers will find that, like the brand’s other models, this watch is anything but.

Zenith Elite Chronograph Classic, £6,100 for the stainless steel, £14,700 for the rose gold, www.zenith-watches.com