In the event you don’t know SJX Watches but (which I doubt), nicely you definitely ought to. One of the crucial revered watch media, SJX (the initials of Jiaxian SU, founding father of the web site), is somebody I’d name a real nerd in the very best which means of this phrase. Technical and educated, SJX is a must-read that’s celebrating its tenth anniversary this 12 months. Following two devoted “celebration watches” already – by Habring² and Kudoke – SJX is now revealing a really particular, daring and distinctive mannequin made along with Zenith. Loosely based mostly on the disco-era El Primero G383, the brand new Zenith x SJX Chronomaster Revival Poker Chip is a collaborative effort that might be initially provided on the SJX web site earlier than being obtainable via Zenith.
This new Chronomaster Revival Poker Chip is a watch that pays tribute to one among Zenith’s quirkiest designs, the G383, “a really funky watch with a design that’s unmistakably of the late Nineteen Sixties and Nineteen Seventies – the dial is excessive and really disco” says Jiaxian, including that it’s “one among my favorite classic Zenith fashions“. However SJX wasn’t a lot a couple of devoted, 1-to-1 re-edition of this watch that, other than its fairly attention-grabbing dial design, shouldn’t be the perfect trying relating to the case – which is gold and options very small lugs. SJX labored with Romain Marietta, Zenith’s head of product growth, to create a watch that brings the identical disco aptitude but with a extra fashionable attraction.
The bottom for this Zenith Chronomaster Revival Poker Chip is the well-known fashionable interpretation of the A386 discovered on this mannequin right here. Which means a properly formed case with historic relevance and a compact 38mm diameter. For the primary time, although, it’s manufactured from micro-blasted titanium with “a positive, darkish gray end that’s then enhanced with a coating that will increase its put on resistance and in addition helps prevents fingerprints from displaying“. The watch is worn on a black cloth strap, however a further strap of cloth impregnated with Tremendous-Luminova – so the complete strap glows – can be included.
Underneath the sapphire caseback is probably the most traditional of Zenith’s actions, the El Primero calibre 400. The explanation for selecting this particular motion relies on its historic relevance – the identical motion was used within the G383 – but additionally, in response to SJX, “the mild irony of getting reimagined the aesthetics of a classic watch however retaining the identical motion“. The motion is the traditional 5Hz computerized chronograph with built-in structure, column wheel and horizontal clutch. And this 400 model is the closest you may get to the calibre introduced in 1969.
And now to the primary attraction, the dial. The trendy-day Chronomaster Revival Poker Chip takes on the fashion of the G383 and transforms it into one thing extra modern, extra accessible too, however nonetheless recognisable as a Poker Chip. The dial is rendered in darkish gray after which sectored into matte black segments with Tremendous-Luminova patterns on high, reproducing the format of the classic authentic. All of the cream-yellow colored components are, along with the indexes and arms, luminous. Notice that SJX went for smaller counters that don’t overlap anymore.
Availability & Value
The Zenith x SJX Chronomaster Revival Poker Chip might be a restricted version of 200 items. Will probably be solely obtainable from SJX Watches for a month after which subsequently from Zenith boutiques around the globe, in addition to its on-line retailer. Value is USD 10,000 or CHF 9,900. You should buy an instance by expressing your curiosity right here.
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