For their most recent restricted release coordinated effort, watch distribution Revolution has banded together with Zenith on a recovery of one of the Swiss brand’s most collectible chronographs, the El Primero Ref. A3818. Referred to authorities as the “Cover Girl,” this isn’t any standard El Primero. Nicknamed for its appearance on the cover of Manfred Rössler’s definitive book on everything vintage Zenith, Zenith: Swiss Watch Manufacture Since 1865 , the Cover Girl is characterized by its precise case (the equivalent tonneau formed case utilized in the similarly famous A384), dynamic blue dial, and completely extraordinary stepping stool arm band. The new restricted release adaptation has been refreshed for certain advanced highlights, however holds a lot of the original’s enchant. Let’s get into it.
Zenith x Revolution Chronomaster Revival Ref. A3818 “Cover Girl”
- Case Material: Stainless steel
- Dial: Blue
- Dimension s: 337mm
- Crystal: Sapphire
- Water Resistance: 50 meters
- Crown: Push/pull
- Movement: El Primero type 400
- Strap/bracelet: Stainless steel bracelet
- Price: $8,100
- Reference Number: n/a
- Expected Release: Available now
The Cover Girl, both the first vintage variant and this new version, is a watch that’s about the little subtleties coming together to make something that’s rational from a plan point of view yet additionally extraordinarily strong and outwardly fascinating. The El Primero, even it’s most customary structure (with its diverse subdials) is a watch that Zenith has never been hesitant to get test with, and the A3818 is among the most test articulations of the El Primero plan language.
One gander at the dial and you quickly comprehend the hustling legacy of the piece. The subdials utilize differentiating tones to feature intelligibility, and the 300 markers around the border of the dial are orchestrated in a ventured design taking after shark’s teeth, additionally to help in readability, yet in addition, I think, in light of the fact that it’s simply a dynamic and fun look, straight out of the 70s. Amazingly, every one of the 300 painted markers are independently lumed, permitting the wearer to time occasions absolutely to the 1/10th of a second utilizing the high recurrence El Primero type beating endlessly inside.
Perhaps the element of the watch that will be generally interesting to genuine Zenith authorities is the propagation of the Gay Freres planned stepping stool arm band. This is profoundly pursued by authorities as it was a costly extra choice when buying another watch at retail, and there just aren’t numerous in incredible condition out there (it’s assessed that solitary 1000 A3818s were made in the first place). The bracelet’s exceptional plan highlights open space between joins, which gives it an interesting wrap and an energetic however exquisite look. Maybe with an arrangement that some won’t need to wear the watch on the fairly strange arm band, the bundle from Revolution and Zenith likewise incorporates two extra ties, in beige calf and blue softened cowhide.
The most emotional present day update to this new Cover Girl is likely the completely lumed dial, with the previously mentioned 300 hash blemishes on the seconds scale all completely lumed, just as the enormous applied hour markers and hands. Indeed, even the numerals in the coordinated throb and tachymeter scale are lumed, making for a significant light show when it gets dark.
With the best instances of vintage A3818s crawling toward the $20,000 territory, this recovery exertion at $8,100 feels like a deal. While its looks probably won’t be standard, with just 100 models being made in this restricted run, this is unquestionably one for the aficionados and Zenith gatherers who have since a long time ago appreciated the brand’s 70s yield.
Check out Revolution for more data on the new “Cover Girl,” and to submit a request. Zenith