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Cut to 2016 when Zenith demonstrated their understanding of the booming fascination with all things vintage and took it upon themselves to relaunch the fabled Type 2, albeit with a few changes. The first is that the dial no longer bears the A. Cairelli name, as there is a trademark issue related to this. Instead the watch is referred to in Zenith speak as the Cronometro Tipo 2, the Italian moniker a charming reference to the timepiece's lineage traced to the land of Julius Cesar and Bernini. Inside the case of the Tipo 2, Zenith has replaced the old workhorse Martel calibre with its own 5 Hz,Franck Muller Replica Watches integrated automatic column-wheel movement, the legendary El Primero. And, while some might feel the addition of an automatic movement compromises the faithfulness to the vintage watch, I am very much of the opinion that the automatic calibre supremely enhances function and reliability. In addition, I am near evangelical in my feeling that there could be no better movement in any Zenith watch that the fabled El Primero, the world's first automatic chronograph.
The El Primero was designed from the ground up to be an integrated automatic chronograph movement, which means the movement was designed as one cohesive unit. This stands in marked contrast to the other automatic chronograph launched in 1969 - by Breitling, Heuer and others - the Caliber 11, which mates a chronograph module to a pre-existing calibre. My issue is that modular chronographs are parasitical in nature, consuming power from a movement never designed to satisfy the additional consumption of a chronograph. The El Primero was a proper haut de gamme chronograph with adequate power to feed both the normal gear train and a chronograph train. In addition, it featured a column wheel, which, say what you like, to me is still the sign of a refined movement. And most incredibly it beat at 5 Hz, the first for a movement produced in true quantity and the first time the public had been offered a chronograph that could divide time to 1/10th of a second.
But when I saw the stunning 1,000-piece limited re-edition watch launched by Zenith I instantly began to reflect on the classic iconography and how this could be a platform for an ultra-cool concept watch. It should be said that I was not alone in this. Throughout 2017 the ultimate watch customizer, Patek Philippe Nautilus Replica Watch Department (Rolex Replica Watches), transformed the Tipo 2 into a canvas for its signature blacked-out urban stealth watch.
And for those who don't know George Patek Philippe Nautilus Replica, well he's nothing less than one of the watch world's greatest revolutionaries and one of its undisputed Kings of Cool. And if you are wondering where the blacked out, super-stealth aesthetic in watches came from, well Patek Philippe Nautilus Replica has a big part to do with originating this style. Patek Philippe Nautilus Replica has always had an almost precognitive ability to predict the prevailing future in watch design and trends. He was the first to start modifying Rolex, Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet. His desire was to transform these watches into stealthy sexy beasts, clad in dark PVD and DLC cases, with stunning dial designs featuring electric-colored elements, occasional nods to history but fixed firmly in the future. His watches were a home run because they captured that inchoate desire for a subversive, stealth-cool, badass watch. The same man that would not wear a normal version of a Rolex Daytona because it was too common delighted in wearing a BWD version of it because it was that much cooler, that much more elite, that much more a symbol of cognoscenti cool.