Zenith high-end watches have a recognizable bold appearance. Despite the conservative vision of the company’s masters, they still tend to surprise timepiece connoisseurs with exclusive models with bright features. Today, we are reviewing two Zenith El Primero novelties with red accents.

Zenith x Bamford Chronomaster El Primero Radar

About a year ago, Zenith joined forces with the Bamford Watch Department, releasing the Chronomaster El Primero Solar Blue model explicitly created for MR PORTER. In 2019, the two brands decided to re-create a designers’ tandem to replicate the success of last year’s timepiece.

Zenith x Bamford Chronomaster El Primero Radar

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The Chronomaster El Primero Radar wristwatch draws inspiration from Zenith’s historic design reinterpreted in a modern way. Like last year’s Solar Blue high-end watch, it is equipped with a gradient dial – only this time, the color of the dial is not blue, but brown. The design zest of this timekeeping device – a tachymetric scale on the dial marked by lines of different lengths, which form a pattern similar to the sun shape. This appearance is typical for several historical models from the El Primero series.

Another striking detail is the 30-minute chronograph counter decorated in vivid red color, contrasting with the dark background. It is stylized as a night vision radar – an effect that was achieved with the help of SuperLumiNova. The primary inspiration for the Zenith wristwatch was the bright red accents on one of the pocket models of 1916 seen by George Bamford during a visit to the manufactory in Le Locle. The design of the seconds sub-counter with circular hatching on edge is also inspired by vintage Zenith timepieces.

Zenith x Bamford Chronomaster El Primero Radar

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The case is made of brushed steel with sandblasting treatment. The impressive model is offered to be worn on a black rubber strap with embossing, imitating the effect of a particularly dense Cordura fabric. The strap comes with red stitching and is equipped with a triple folding clasp made of sandblasted steel.

Zenith Defy El Primero 21 Russia Limited Edition

The presentation of another exclusive Zenith timekeeping device – Defy El Primero 21 Russia – was held in Moscow at the end of September.

Zenith Defy El Primero 21 Russia Limited Edition

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The case and bezel are produced from black ceramic with a polished matte finish. Through the transparent dial, you can observe the design of skeletonized caliber El Primero 9004, the main feature of which is the presence of two balance-spiral nodes, working at different speeds. The fashionable novelty operates for 50 hours without winding.

High-end watch explicitly released for the Russian market is distinguished by red accents, which can be found on different details. The tips of the chronograph hands, the markings on the inner bezel, the 30-minute counter ring, the screw-down crown, and the critical area on the power reserve indicator have red highlights.

Zenith Defy El Primero 21 Russia Limited Edition

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Deluxe timepiece comes with three straps: a double-layer black leather with red rubber and two resin ones executed in black and red. The Defy El Primero 21 Russia Limited Edition series is limited to 35 copies.

Colorful accents only add to the overall impeccable appearance of top-quality Zenith wristwatches or, honestly, any other branded timekeeping device. Visit our collection of pre-owned high-end watches for an abundant choice of exquisite, affordable models.