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Mar 19

Zenith El Primero Foudroyante Jumping Seconds

        Created in 1865, in the cradle of today’s Haute Horology, in Le Locle, Switzerland, by a young and ambitious watchmaker Georges Favre-Jacot, Zenith grew into one of the most prestigious watch-making powerhouses in the world. The brand created over 50 distinct movements, characterized by outstanding precision and high-end finish, and gathered, in over one hundred years of successful history, more than 1500 international awards.

        Among the most acclaimed achievements of the watch-making powerhouse ought to mention the creation of the legendary El Primero caliber, the first chronograph movement in the history of the fine horology with an amazing balance frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour. In order to celebrate the first El Primero chronograph watch, Zenith brought another addition to its emblematic El Primero Watch Collection, the eye-catching, sophisticated El Primero Jumping Seconds (Foudroyante) Chronograph, which was bound to see the light at Baselworld 2010.


        The timepiece features a stylish masculine case, measuring 43 mm in diameter, which masterfully intertwined nicely polished and brushed surfaces and which was manufactured from either stainless steel or 18-karat rose gold. The case ensures a good, 100-meters water resistance, making the watch appropriate for swimming, but not for professional diving. The watch features a transparent case-back that allows a curious eye to admire the sophisticated El Primero 4052 B Caliber, a wonderfully decorated chronograph movement, fitted with a balance wheel that also oscillates at a mind-numbing frequency of 36,000 beats per hour. The refined timepiece is furthermore, completed by a rubber-lined black or brown alligator leather strap, also the stainless steel model can be matched with a masculine steel bracelet.


         The impressive dial of the timepiece, delicately hints about the intricate refinement of the high-quality self-winding chronograph movement that animates this timepiece. The dial’s outer edge, displays 10 divisions instead of the traditional 60 markers present in other chronographs, in order to point the 10 stops made by the central Foudroyante chronograph hand during a single second. The dial also features faceted hour hands and hour markers fitted with luminescent coating for perfect time-legibility in poor light conditions. The silver dial of the remarkable Primero Jumping Seconds (Foudroyante) Chronograph also features three overlapping chronograph counters, in nicely contrasting colors: blue, grey and black.

        The skilled engineering team of the brand implemented many intelligent technical innovative solutions in the elaboration of the watch’s mechanism. They used, for reducing operating shocks and the consumption of energy, silicon for strategic components of the movement, an in –house Caliber 4052 B. Moreover, this movement strikes through the attention paid to the purity o the finish details it features circular graining adornments and beautiful beveling masterfully combined with an ingeniously fashioned central winding rotor personalized with the Zenith star logo.

        A superb collectable item, Zenith El Primero Jumping Seconds (Foudroyante) Chronograph embodies the brand’s centenary commitment to creating the timeless objects of horological art and t will surely be the dream of every watch enthusiast collector.

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