This is the Zenith El Primero Espada, a new three-handed watch for 2012, styled with the restraint and refinement that have now become the "norm" at the brand's design department.
The "new" Zenith has shed its excess weight and the "dead wood" in a portfolio bursting with models some of which were not exactly pleasing on the eye. Now it is back to the classical styling and traditional values which made Zenith special in the first place - you can see it in everything that they do. Last year's models were superb, this year seems set to be even better.
The El Primero Espada will no doubt be a crowd-pleaser. With a 40mm stainless steel case it is perfectly sized, with those broad applied indices and faceted hands it is perfectly styled. The date window at three o'clock is tucked right at the dial edge, and the cool little Zenith star counterweight, always a charming feature overhangs the seconds hand.
Inside is the automatic in-house Zenith El Primero 4650B with 50 hours of power reserve, the first edition of the historical movement was introduced in 1969 and the brand have been "dining-out"on it ever since - and why not? it was the first (-best?) high frequency chronograph and this variation beats at 36,000 vph.
The Zenith El Primero Espada will be available in black, white or a very vintage silver dial editions.