Introducing The Zenith El Primero One-Off In Platinum For Phillips
It’s been a major year for watch commemorations, isn’t that so? The Monaco , the Moon arrival , programmed chronographs , quartz. Am I missing something?
The festivity of the 50th commemoration of the Zenith El Primero started back in January with a restricted version boxed set and has proceeded consistently since. At Baselworld we saw a triplet of A386 recognition watches that hold the first three-shading dials yet present yellow, white, and rose gold cases (each is restricted to a fitting 50 pieces). A couple of months after the fact we got a legacy zeroed in interpretation of the El Primero A384 , with its more compositional case and highly contrasting dial. From that point forward, we’ve likewise seen the Chronomaster El Primero C.01 x Collective ; the A384 “Edge of Space,” made with the Bamford Watch Department and Mr. Doorman; the A386 Revival Fine Watch Club Edition ; and, obviously, the El Primero Revival G381 , made for our companions over in the HODINKEE Shop. It’s been an occupied year.
However, it would seem that the celebrations will finish up in style in November, when Phillips will sell a one of a kind, platinum El Primero regarding the first 1969 A386. This is the primary A386-style El Primero to include a platinum case, and it is additionally the main El Primero to come with a lapis lazuli dial. This stand-out watch was co-planned by Zenith and individuals from the Phillips watch division. Bacs & Russo fellow benefactor Livia Russo is referred to in the vintage watch community as an admirer of stone dials, so the decision of lapis here should come as no surprise.
According to Phillips, this present model’s name will just be the “One Off,” gesturing to its one of a kind status among El Primero A386 watches. The task began when Zenith contacted Phillips about making a watch respecting the 50th commemoration of its most celebrated type. Various plans were thought of, however eventually, two were shortlisted, both including the first Zenith A386 case –and this excellence won out. As you can see from the watch’s reference number, 40.P386.400/57.C842, it’s really being charged as a P386, with the P standing it for “platinum.” It will be sold as parcel 136 at the Geneva Watch Auction X on November 9, 2019 and will profit the Swiss kids’ disease good cause Zoe4Life.
Upon seeing photos of this watch interestingly, the case undoubtedly enlisted to me similar to that of the first round El Primeros dating from the last part of the ’60s. (Phillips records this watch at 37.5mm, which is intriguing, on the grounds that all A386 watches, including the first, have generally been 38mm. On the off chance that this is in reality another case, it would make the watch all the seriously fascinating. We’ll follow up to affirm without a doubt.) The dial, in any case, didn’t actually strike me as a kind of perspective to the first A386, whose covering, tri-shading sub-dials are in any event as meaningful of that reference as its case and development. Or maybe, this current watch’s dial, with two enormous sub-dials at three and nine o’clock and a lot more modest one at six, appears to highlight the first G381, which was a yellow gold piece with a highly contrasting dial.
As El Primeros go however, this special 37.5mm chronograph in strong platinum with lapis dial is the thing that the children may call a “flex.” Something important is that exactly the same end of the week in Geneva, another novel El Primero is going available to be purchased over at Only Watch. While the white gold Only Watch model looks more like your conventional A386 toll, it’s my assessment that this platinum-and-lapis watch is certainly the cooler of the two.
Another thing significant is that with this watch, a sale house is playing a considerably more dynamic part in the sourcing of a sale parcel. Ordinarily, the house acknowledges a transfer (regularly of a vintage or used watch) and sells it. Pretty basic. Be that as it may, here we’re seeing Phillips really co-plan another watch with a brand and afterward closeout it off. Interesting.
Update: We affirmed with Zenith that this piece is 38mm in diameter.
Model: The One-Off
Reference Number: 40.P386.400/57.C842
Case Material: Platinum
Dial Color: Lapis lazuli blue with white sub-dials and chronograph track
Lume: Yes, on all fours markers
Strap/Bracelet: Calfskin cowhide strap
Caliber: Zenith El Primero 400
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph, date
Power Reserve: 50 hours
Frequency: 5 Hz (36,000 vph)
Estimating & Availability
Price: Estimate on solicitation from Phillips
Availability: November 9, 2019
Limited Edition: Piece unique
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