The beating coronary heart of mechanical watchmaking turned a really seen image of conventional watchmaking some 19 years in the past, with the debut of the Zenith Chronomaster Open. Zenith and Frederic Fixed had been pioneers on this space, and, simply as Gerd-Rudiger Lang did when he launched the exhibition caseback in 1982, it actually modified how individuals seen watchmaking. The open part of the dial showcasing the escapement has been a characteristic of Zenith watches since that point, in a technique or one other, however principally within the background. It’s with nice pleasure that we report the model has launched a recent replace for the OG Chronomaster Open for 2022. It’s about time.
At first look, the brand new Chronomaster Open appears little modified from earlier Open fashions, however that is in fact hardly the case. To start with, the 2022 Chronomaster Open is powered by the El Primero 3604, a variant of the 3600 calibre with 1/tenth of a second chronograph perform. By way of options and specs, nothing has modified however there was some aesthetic transforming across the escapement (right here with silicon escape wheel and lever) to enhance its visibility. Frankly, that’s loads of work to go to simply to accommodate a change within the dial, and we commend this type of value-add – it’s the sort of element that collectors will get pleasure from. Sure, Zenith didn’t simply make a beauty change with assistance from some advertising razzmatazz.
A minus for some collectors with the execution of the brand new calibre right here is the exclusion of a date wheel, though because the motion has the identical structure it would embrace this characteristic in subsequent iterations. Whereas we don’t have an official assertion on why the date is excluded (not that Zenith wants to elucidate itself), we surmise that this was accomplished to advertise a sure tidiness to the dial. Actually the open configuration does lend itself to trying a bit cluttered and busy, particularly when the chronograph is activated. There’s clearly rather a lot occurring dialside!
Zenith’s method with the dial right here is to reference numerous parts of its historical past, together with the tricolour subdials of the A386. This design resolution has additionally led to the introduction of a hesalite subdial for the operating seconds, which was beforehand fully uncovered (indications had been by way of a pointer and flange). Cleanliness can also be a precedence with the case, now sans sporty bezel of any variety. The brand new Chronomaster Open is thus extra of a chic chronograph fairly than a sporty one, which is an fascinating resolution. Zenith chronographs are very fascinating (many variants have lengthy wait lists) so including one more variation may make sense. Observe that this new Chronomaster Open isn’t an addition to the vary; it replaces the previous Open vary. Apart from the metal model listed right here, there’s additionally a rose gold model.
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