Zenith is the official timekeeper since 2014 linked to the Spindrift sailing team, led by sailors Donatella Bertarelli and Yann Guichard. The manufacture, founded by Georges Favre-Jacot in 1865 in Le Locle, teams up with like daredevils; it all started when Louis Bleriot crossed the Channel in 1909 and reached two years ago literally full with the free fall from the stratosphere Felix Baumgartner. The Spindrift2 is on 2 November. Sailed in the Route du Rhum, with the Atlantic is crossed into the world’s largest ocean-going trimaran. On board businesswoman and athlete Dona Bertarelli and skipper Yann Guichard. On the occasion of this race, which takes place every four years and goes between Saint-Malo (in mainland France) and Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe), Zenith has developed the El Primero Stratos Spindrift Racing replica watch. The swiss luxury watch on sale is fitted with a special dedicated chronograph function.
The technically-looking El Primero Stratos Spindrift Racing has two special features. The first is the opening at 10 hours, allowing to see the escapement is. This is the first version of the Stratos where it is possible to admire the movement of the watch. The second characteristic lies in the inner bezel, which the inscription ‘Spindrift racing “at 12 o’clock. This ring contains a telemetry scale, which is designed to measure the distance to an object visible and audible. The inscription and the team logo engraved on the rotor refers to the connection between this sports replica watch and upcoming events such as those held at the Lac Léman (Lake Geneva) and the world’s oceans.
The automatic El Primero 4061 caliber is provided with an anchor and balansrad silicon, a material which has no problems in terms of lubrication. Silicon is much tougher and lighter than steel, making it extremely durable and consume less power, due to its low coefficient of friction. In addition, the anti-magnetic. The timepiece is equipped with a kolomrad, making it very accurate. Additional features include a chronograph with two counting mechanisms: a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and a 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock.
The watch has a rotating bezel and is available in two different versions: one in 18 carat rose gold and DLC titanium with a black dial, and one that is entirely black: a DLC version with a carbon fiber dial. DLC coating (Diamond-Like Carbon) which gives the watch a nice matte, highly scratch-resistant finsih.
The band is made of flexible rubber with a fiber structure to make it even stronger, especially important when you are really going to sail.
Prices € 17 600 for the rose gold version, € 7,200 for the version in DLC.