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Zenith - Heritage Pilot Ton-Up

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The Pilot collection from Zenith expands with a new model coming in a broad 45 mm-diameter aged steel case which houses the automatic El Primero 4069 chronograph calibre.

The Heritage Pilot Ton-Up is inspired by the 'Café Racer' movement created in England in the 1920s by a group of bikers who used their fast and customised motorcycles to ride from café to café on the British motorways. Their one-seat bikes were stripped of anything deemed superfluous with low-slung handlebars.

The new Zenith creation evokes these bikes and their strong character with a retro feel which is evident in the aged steel case with the typical wide fluted screw-lock crown as well as in the slate grey dial with a grained motif and large oversized Arabic numerals.

Topped by a domed sapphire crystal, the dial is perfectly legible thanks to the large faceted hands and numerals with beige luminescent coating which stand out clearly against the dial background.

The solid titanium back of the case, water-resistant to 100 metres / 330 feet, is engraved with the inscription "Café Racer Spirit".

Inside, the automatic El Primero Calibre 4069 beats at the fast speed of 36,000 vibrations per hour,
powering a tenth of a second chronograph display. It drives central hours and minutes hands, small seconds at 9 o’clock alongside the chronograph functions, while delivering an over 50-hour power reserve.

The final touch is an oily nubuck rubber-lined wristband, fitted with a titanium pin buckle. The price of the Zenith Heritage Pilot Ton-Up (ref. 11.2430.4069/21.C773) is Euro 7,500 / US$ 7,100.


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