Zenith presents two new El Primeros in Dubai

azenith-fairmont-dubai-0668On 24 November in Dubai, Zenith organised the official launch of two new El Primero watches, the Skeleton and the Skeleton Tourbillon. These two new watches burst onto the scene and reveal their famous mechanism through an eye-catching skeleton design in chiaroscuro. Common features of the two models are the large black ceramic case and the skeleton dial, all enlivened by a 'splash' of bright red. At the same time, the two watches stand out thanks to the generous dimensions of the 45-millimetre diameter black ceramic case, which envelops the skeleton dial in a striking architectural spectacle displaying the complexity of the El Primero mechanism. The use of ceramic is a novelty for Zenith, having recently been used for its collections. The two movements used are the El Primero Calibre 4035 (automatic tourbillon chronograph equipped with a tourbillon device) and the El Primero Calibre 400B, heir to the chronograph developed by Zenith in 1969. Both can be admired through the deep black skeleton dial. Their high frequency of 5 Hz (36,000 vibrations per hour) drives the ruthenium-plated, facetted and luminescent hands on the matching indices. The El Primero Skeleton Tourbillon combines the tourbillon with a high-frequency chronograph in a resolutely futuristic manner. The tourbillon cage, which makes one rotation per minute, is off-centre at 11 o'clock, while the skeleton chronograph counters take the form of an eight. The El Primero Skeleton chronograph, for its part, displays central hours and minutes, small seconds, chronograph and date. Both models have a power reserve of over 50 hours. The decisive character of the El Primero Tourbillon Skeleton and El Primero Skeleton is accentuated by a black rubber strap - perforated for the tourbillon version and coated with carbon fibre for the chronograph version - with a triple folding clasp in titanium and black PVD.