Geneva, March 30, 2022 – During Watches & Wonders, where Zenith’s “Master of Chronographs” exhibition highlights its milestones and trajectory in becoming the preeminent manufacture and innovator of automatic chronographs, Zenith unveils the latest generation of the Chronomaster Open with a tri-colour dial that inventively reveals its high-frequency beating heart.
For Zenith, “Master of Chronographs” is a testament to the manufacture’s illustrious past and its countless achievements that contributed to the advancement of mechanical chronographs for over 50 years. In particular, it highlights Zenith’s commitment to the pursuit of perpetual innovation when it comes to watchmaking’s most complex and sought-after complications. Since the launch of the revolutionary El Primero calibre in 1969 as the world’s first automatic high-frequency integrated chronograph movement, Zenith has maintained and cultivated its spirit of innovation without ever ceasing break new boundaries and offer even greater levels of precision and performance. It has mastered not only the automatic chronograph, but also the fractional measurement of time by offering 1/10th and 1/100th of a second high-frequency calibres.
But performance and precision aren’t the only areas where Zenith has made its mark in the world of chronographs. After all, pioneering movements deserve to stand out in inspired and unprecedented designs to truly highlight their ingenuity. In 2003, Zenith introduced the Chronomaster Open with the aim of making the high frequency beating heart of its El Primero calibre as prominently visible as possible. It marked the first time in the history of watchmaking that a chronograph featured a partially open dial solely to reveal the regulating organ and escapement. The Chronomaster Open was an instant hit, lauded for its daring design that is often imitated but never matched. For Zenith, the partially open dial has remained a prominent and coveted feature in many of its Chronomaster references for nearly 20 years.