With a deep black color punctuated by bright red accents, the openworked, three-dimensional dial of the El Primero Tourbillon Skeleton is the model’s most alluring feature. But the subtle details—such as the ruthenium-plated hands and hour markers, faceted and coated with SuperLuminova—are what lend the timepiece its sophisticated edge. Sheathed in a 45 mm case, the watch comes on a perforated black rubber strap that evokes vintage motor racing, a sport Zenith recently began to promote. The titanium and black PVD-treated triple folding clasp seals the deal.
The El Primero Calibre 4035 automatic chronograph tourbillon movement is descended from the 1969 El Primero, arguably the watch industry’s most revered movement. Souped up to include a tourbillon, offset at 11 o’clock, that rotates every minute and two chronograph counters—a 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock and a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock—that form an elegant figure eight, the movement beats at 36,000 vibrations per hour, enabling precision down to a 10th of a second. The functions include central hours and minutes, small seconds, chronograph, and date, with a 50-hour power reserve to boot.