Wednesday, April 12, 2017

ZENITH – EL PRIMERO Chronomaster 1969 OPEN TOUR AUTO Edition

ZENITHEL PRIMERO Chronomaster 1969 OPEN TOUR AUTO Edition 26th Anniversary


Zenith is further reinforcing its ties with the world of motorsports, and in particular that of classic cars. From April 24th to 30th, the Chronomaster El Primero Open Tour Auto Edition will flex its mechanical muscles as it accompanies competing crews in the 2017 Tour Auto Optic 2ooo. With its high-performance engine and timeless sporty look, this legendary chronograph flies high the banner of a human-driven adventure brimming with thrills and technical feats. And for the first time in the history of this iconic rally, following the traditional exhibition under the glass dome of the Grand Palais in Paris, it’s all aboard for Brittany on an exciting new route devised by Peter Auto for the 230 entrants in this 26th edition.

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For the third year running, the Swiss brand is partnering one of the most prestigious European gatherings of prestigious cars: the “Tour Auto Optic 2000”. On this occasion, Zenith will pay tribute to the classic cars competing in the event by unveiling an exclusive watch featuring elegant bodywork, powerful engine and tricolour accents: the Chronomaster El Primero Open Tour Auto Edition. First as always to reach the finish line, this high-octane beast roars at a speed of 36,000 vibrations per hour, proudly flaunting the precision of the legendary El Primero 4061 automatic chronograph calibre!

Speed, performance, endurance… and cult bodywork

Like a car bonnet raised to display state-of-the-art mechanics, the famous 11 o’clock dial opening reveals the beating heart of this 282-part COSC chronometer-certified movement – reliably driving central hours and minutes hands, chronograph and tachymeter functions, as well as a a tenth-of-a-second display, while ensuring a 50-hour power reserve.

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This high-performance ‘engine’ is housed inside the impressive bodywork of a 42 mm-diameter brushed steel case, topped by a slender polished bezel framing the slate grey dial decked out in vertical blue-white-red vertical stripes – a reference to the tricolour French rally banner picked up in several design details.

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The distinctive dial ensures optimal legibility in any lighting, while the exhibition case-back bearing the engraved race logo reveals an oscillating weight adorned with a “Côtes de Genève” motif.


Model: EL PRIMERO Chronomaster 1969 OPEN TOUR AUTO Edition  42MM

Ref.: 03.2046.4061/91.C769
Limited edition 500-piece

  • Tribute to our Partnership with the Tour Auto
  • Opening revealing the legendary beating heart of the El Primero movement
  • Silicon escape-wheel and lever
  • Automatic El Primero column-wheel chronograph
  • COSC-certified movement
Movement El Primero 4061, Automatic
Calibre 13 ¼```(Diameter: 30 mm)
Thickness: 6.60 mm
Components: 282
Jewels: 31
Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power-reserve: min. 50 hours
Finishes: Oscillating weight with “Côtes de Genève” motif
Hours and minutes in the centre
Small seconds at 9 o’clock 
 - Central chronograph hand
 - 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock
 - 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock
Tachymetric scale 
Material: Brushed stainless steel
Diameter: 42 mm
Diameter opening: 37.1 mm
Thickness: 14.05 mm
Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
Case-back: Transparent sapphire crystal bearing the TOUR AUTO logo
Water-resistance: 10 ATM
Dial: Slate grey velvet-finish
Hour-markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with SuperLuminova SLN C1 [Hour markers]
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with SuperLuminova SLN C1
Bracelet reference: 27.00.2118.769
Designation: Slate grey strap adorned with blue, white and red lines
Abbreviation: FB
Buckle: 27.03.0208.940
Stainless steel triple folding clasp

Press Release - 2017
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RAYMOND WEIL – MAESTRO Buddy Holly Special Edition

RAYMOND WEILMAESTRO Buddy Holly Special Edition


Luxury Swiss watchmaker RAYMOND WEIL announces a new addition to its series of music special edition timepieces, which celebrate influential and iconic musicians, with the launch of the Buddy Holly maestro watch. Recent partnerships with The Beatles and Frank Sinatra cement the Brand’s continued commitment and credentials as supporters of the music industry and charities.

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Designed in collaboration with Maria Elena Holly, the Limited Edition maestro pays tribute to legendary musician Buddy Holly, who is recognized as the pioneer of Rock ‘n’ Roll and who influenced and inspired so many artists, including; The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Elton John. Buddy Holly was born in Lubbock, Texas on 7th September 1936 and this Limited Edition maestro watch pays tribute to the 80th anniversary of his birth. A contribution from each watch sold will be donated to the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation, a charity set up to provide music education and opportunities to young people worldwide. The Foundation wishes to acknowlege BMG Rights Management (US) LLC, the steward of Buddy’s intellectual property rights, for their kind assistance in this project.

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RAYMOND WEIL has designed a truly unique Buddy Holly watch with distinctive features and references to the artist. The 39.5 mm maestro has a polished stainless steel maestro case houses an automatic mechanical movement RW4250 with a 38 hour power and polished stainless steel bracelet. The silver galvanic dial has highlights of pale blue (Buddy’s favourite colour) encircling the rim, and on the secondary second sub dial, which also wears a miniature pair of glasses (the iconic emblem of the musician) on the sweep of the second hand.

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The oversized number 9, featured as a reference to Buddy’s lucky number, is balanced by the date dial at the 3 o’clock position with the emblem of Buddy Holly’s signature centered on the face of the dial. The smoked sapphire crystal exhibition case back references the tribute to the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation.

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Music is a central element of the Brand’s DNA and RAYMOND WEIL enjoys a longstanding and successful relationship with the music industry including sponsorship of music venues such as The SSE Hydro Glasgow and The Manchester Arena; award ceremonies such as The BRIT Awards; and the music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins 

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RAYMOND WEIL celebrates many artist collaborations and partnerships; The Beatles, 2CELLOS, Milos Karadaglic, Labrinth, Gibson and Sennheiser are but a few prestigious examples of these.


Collection: MAESTRO

Model: Buddy Holly Edition

Reference: 2238 8-ST-BUDH1

Mechanical self-winding movement
Calibre RW4250
Power reserve:  38 hours
Jewels:   31
Functions:   Hours, minutes and small seconds
Date:   Window at 3 o’clock
Round – Polished stainless steel
Diameter: 39.5mm
Thickness: 9mm
Crown:  Polished steel – fluted with RW monogram
Crystal: Sapphire with dual-sided antiglare treatment
Case back:   Snapped, with smoked sapphire crystal featuring Buddy Holly
Educational Foundation logo and Limited Edition engraving
Water resistance:   5 ATM
Silver, with pale blue highlights encircling the rim and on small second counter at 6 o’clock.
Oversized number 9 and Buddy
Holly Signature.
Hands:  Steel-type, baton-shaped,
small second hand wears miniature pair of emblematic glasses
Polished stainless steel,
RW folding clasp with double-push security system

Limited edition 300 pieces 

Press Release - 2017

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