The defining feature of the Zenith El Primero Ref. A3818 is a stainless steel strap that looks like a shark's tooth
Swiss luxury watchmaker Zenith and quarterly publication Revolution re-visit an icon from Zenith’s past: the legendary El Primero Ref. A3818, dubbed “Cover Girl” for its appearance on the front of Manfred Rössler’s book Zenith: Swiss Watch Manufacture Since 1865.
The book retraces the history of the famous Swiss watch house Zenith, documenting events and production over the course of the past 140 years.
The reason Zenith’s legendary El Primero Ref. A3818 ended up on the cover of the book was not because it was deeply linked to the narrative story that makes up the Zenith brand, but rather that, as Rössler, the author, puts it: “The beautiful blue colour led to this decision. I like blue dials.”
The ‘Cover Girl’ watch uses the same angular, tonneau-shaped case as the Zenith Ref. A384, but features one of the most unique dials in modern watchmaking, with striations that catch the light in quite a special way.
Its defining feature is a stainless steel strap that looks like a shark's tooth. These tiny lines, designed almost like a soundwave, lead the eye towards the integrated pulsation and tachymeter scale above the minute track.
It is important to note that there are precisely 300 of these ultra-thin markers on the dial.
Counting the space in between the markers themselves, it then allows you to read the chronograph seconds to an accuracy of 1/10th of a second, which the legendary high-frequency 5Hz (36,000vph) El Primero movement is capable of.
The Zenith x Revolution Chronomaster Revival Ref. A3818 is a limited edition of 100 pieces.
Revolution is internationally-renowned luxury magazine that covers the entire spectrum of watches and watchmaking.