Zenith teams up with Bamford and Mr Porter on $8,600 space-age watch
Teaming up once again with Bamford and Mr Porter, Zenith has recreated one of its classics, with a whole host of modern touches.
Zenith is continuing to grow its ‘Revival’ line of El Primeros, a collection of watches which re-create the 1969 vintage chronograph for the modern world. The latest release is the second Mr Porter X Bamford collaboration, the ‘Edge of Space’ edition.
1969 was a landmark year for horology, namely for being the year that Omega managed to get its watch into space, and the year Heuer unveiled the now-infamous Monaco chronograph. Modestly sitting amongst these achievements however was Zenith’s El Primero movement, launched in the same year, it was one of the earliest automatic chronograph movements in the world.
Zenith has not forgotten this momentous occasion and has this year created the ‘Revival’ line to revive the pioneering watch. The ‘Edge of Space’ edition combines vintage and modern, using the classic El Primero design and adding in a host of space-age touches.
The new watch uses the same cushion-case shape as the original, as well as the same dial layout and modest 37mm sizing. The watch also sports a tachymeter around the edge of the dial as the original did, as well as having the same date widow and text font as the 1969 iteration. Where this watch quite clearly goes ‘space-age’ is the titanium casing, which makes the watch more light and durable. The case is also micro-blasted and finished in a cool dark matte grey.
Sticking to the usual colour scheme seen with Bamford x Mr Porter timepieces, the ‘Edge of Space’ has a deep blue dial along with black sub-dials, a reference to the associated colours of outer space, as well as the usual colours Bamford opts to use.
The watch is worn on a dark blue “Cordura effect” strap and white stitching.
Powering the watch is the El Primero 400 movement, a faithful modernisation of the same hi-frequency movement made exactly 50 years ago. The El Primero movement was born during a time called the ‘Quartz-crisis’, a time of brand new watches which used highly accurate and cheap batteries rather than conventional horology. To tackle this, Zenith made was it known as a ‘hi-beat’ movement – a movement with a frequency of 5 Hz.
Without bogging down too much in the details, what a 5 Hz watch gives you is a watch which works a lot faster than most watches and can tell the time to the nearest one tenth of a second, making it highly accurate and competing with the likes of Quartz.
This modern take on a classic movement can be admired via the crystal display back.
The watch retails exclusively on Mr Porter as of November 18 for US $8,600. It is limited to just 50 pieces.