Return of a Classic: Zenith Heritage 146

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Zenith is presenting a new vintage series; the Heritage 146 chronograph inspired by a 1960s watch and now equipped with an El Primero movement.

It features a retro look, a tropical brown or blue dial, a 38 mm-diameter steel case and a column-wheel El Primero movement chronometer.

Subtly reinterpreting an historical model, the Heritage 146 combines the best of the Manufacture’s past: design, history and rarity.

As one of the first historical watchmakers to be organized as a full-fledged Manufacture, Zenith has a legacy of more than 150 years upon which to draw. The 1960s model was equipped with Caliber 146D with a 38-hour power reserve and displays of the hours, minutes, with small seconds at 9 o’clock.

The new 38mm Heritage 146 offers a chronograph with central sweep-seconds hand and 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, as well as a tachymetric scale. This two-counter dial without a date window reflects a configuration typical of 1960s chronographs.

There are two dial options; tropical brown or blue sunray-patterned with rhodium-coated baton hands. The watch now runs on the high frequency 36,000 vibrations per hour of the automatic high-beat El Primero Caliber 4069.

Regulated and adjusted to meet chronometer standards, this 254-part column wheel chronograph caliber – wound by an oscillating weight adorned with “Côtes de Genève” – drives an extremely accurate tenth-of-a-second display and has a more than 50-hour power reserve. Water-resistant to 50 meters the model features a fluted crown as well as two round pushers.

The screw-down sapphire crystal case back has an anti-reflective treatment on both sides. The final touch is set by a racing-style strap in a choice of brown or blue rubber-lined calfskin leather. Available with a blue (ref.03.2150.4069/51.C805) or brown dial (ref.03.2150.4069/75.C806), the Heritage 146 is priced at S$10,500.

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