The Zenith Chronomaster Sport Defies The Norm With 1/10th Of A Second Precision.
Looking at what Zenith has been putting out over the last couple of years, it is fair to say that Julien Tornare, CEO of Zenith since 2017, has been steering the brand in a great direction. Where once Zenith seemed to only ride on the coattails of their 1969 groundbreaking El Primero movement, the brand has proved to continue the pioneering spirit when it comes to movement innovation. The latest development comes, not only as a novel chronograph movement, it debuts in a brand-new collection for the brand—the Zenith Chronomaster Sport.
The highlight of this novel piece comes in the form of their latest El Primero 3600 chronograph movement with a precision of up to 1/10th of a second. Unlike their previous two innovations, namely the Defy Lab with the intriguing Zenith Oscillator and the El Primero 21 with the 1/100th of a second chronograph, this movement was developed for a more accessible collection. This decision proves to be another great move as the Chronomaster Sport garnered a ton of attention from the enthusiast community following the launch in early 2021.
The watch comes with a gorgeous stainless-steel case, measuring 41mm in diameter. Being an evolution of the very first El Primero movement, this Chronomaster Sport keeps the tri-colour chronograph registers in blue, anthracite and light grey, just like the A386 from 1969. From afar, some might think that the watch bears a striking resemblance to yet another automatic chronograph. However, Zenith assures us that the watch was designed based on an amalgamation of their previous references, with the main inspiration being the Chronomaster De Luca.
So how do you read the 1/10th of a second chronograph? This is the interesting bit, as where most chronographs have a tachymeter printed on the bezel, the Chronomaster Sport has a 0 to 10 scale etched onto its black ceramic bezel. The central seconds hand will make one full rotation in 10 seconds and combined with the bezel, forms the 1/10th of a second indicator. It is quite unusual to see this in action as we are not used to this hand being out of sync with the small seconds indicator on the subdial which makes a full rotation in 60 seconds.
This watch marks the starting point for the Calibre El Primero 3600, as the brand had inferred that we will be seeing more done with this movement. This marks a great step forward for Zenith as a brand, and is amongst the most hyped models to come out from Zenith.
The Zenith Chronomaster Sport is available on a stainless steel bracelet or a Cordura effect strap, and offers a choice of a white or black dial, depending on your preference.