Till not too long ago, the one revival we have been aware of was known as CCR, as in Creedence Clearwater Revival. CCR was an American rock band named among the many 100 Biggest Artists of All Time by Rolling Stone; it’s value discovering the time and getting acquainted with the band’s work. Considered one of their tracks, “Lucky Son”, was added to the US Library of Congress’s Nationwide Recording Registry checklist of sound recordings that “are culturally, traditionally, or aesthetically essential“. The height years for the CCR have been 1969-1971, very like Zenith, when the corporate launched the El Primero automated motion and some fashions that we now take into account culturally, traditionally and aesthetically important. A few of these references impressed the up to date Zenith Revival sequence in its Chronomaster and Defy collections.
To this point the Zenith Defy assortment has provided only one “revived” timepiece, the 2022 boutique-only restricted version A3642; immediately, the model reveals one other addition to the household. This time it’s A3691, a copy of the 1971 watch, which turns into the primary Defy Revival mannequin within the everlasting catalogue. Zenith marked 1971 with vibrant dial colors that will develop into an important a part of the model’s historical past, and this Revival piece celebrates simply that with a deep pink dial.
For the reason that unique Zenith manufacturing plans of the A3691 from the Nineteen Seventies have been used to breed the Revival, the brand new watch inherited the seems and stored all of the vital design components. Dare to check the unique ruby-red A3691 and the Revival dial-side? The one distinction you’ll spot is the dearth of the “28800” inscription underneath the emblem. Which is unusual – the unique A3691 used calibre 2562PC, working at 4Hz, as does the Elite 670 automated, accountable for working the Revival A3691. We should make clear why the frequency was scraped off with the model. Not that we miss it a lot, although.
The Zenith Defy Revival A3691 arrives in a 37mm chrome steel faceted octagonal case with a 14-sided bezel, with brushed and polished finishes, on a “reproduction” of the Homosexual Frères ladder-style bracelet. The crown is massive, screw-down, to make sure the 300m water resistance – all an identical to the earlier Defy Revival A3642.
The principle distinction with the A3691 is the funky ruby-red dial, with a color that will get darker near the periphery, the place the minutes and seconds monitor is printed in white. The attribute rectangular hour markers are faceted, rhodium-plated and polished; every is marked by a neat dot of Tremendous-LumiNova, to facilitate studying the time at midnight. The date window is positioned at 4:30, revealing a white disc with a black date. The arms are formed like the unique, with a sweeping central second with a particular luminous paddle tip.
The glass is sapphire crystal back and front. The caseback reveals the already talked about Elite 670 automated calibre, which is properly embellished. This automated calibre with central seconds and date (with a quickset function) was developed by Zenith within the Nineties, it’s constructed with 27 jewels and beats at 28,800vph, and it delivers 50 hours of energy reserve.
Visually, the Defy Revival A3691 solely differs from the sooner Revival A3642 in dial color. What’s essential is that by inserting A3692 within the everlasting assortment, Zenith opens up a vault of potentialities. It could be mistaken to not anticipate Revivals of the Defy A36XX fashions with dials in varied colors the model used prior to now, like turquoise-blue or champagne. And we hope that the brand new references, identical to the brand new Defy Revival A3691, is not going to be restricted editions and will likely be out there worldwide. This new mannequin is priced at CHF 6,900. For extra info, please go to www.zenith-watches.com.
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