Pilot type 20 Chronograph

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ZENITH fans and motorcycling aficionados alike are in for a treat in 2018 with an extension to the brand’s highly popular PILOT Type 20 Chronograph Ton Up line in the form of a super-chilled new team member.

ZENITH PILOT Type 20 Chronograph Ton Up sports its total-black credentials

DESIGNER VINTAGE ALLURE AND A SPORTY DEMEANOUR

ZENITH fans and motorcycling aficionados alike are in for a treat in 2018 with an extension to the brand’s highly popular PILOT Type 20 Chronograph Ton Up line in the form of a super-chilled new team member. With the trademark aged stainless steel case, retro looks and chunky appeal of its predecessors, this on-trend column-wheel chronograph is this year’s must-have kit for every outlaw seeking a watch that combines designer vintage allure with an unmistakably sporty demeanour.

Designed to celebrate the café racer biker community, also known as Ton-up boys, this resolutely masculine timepiece was originally known as the ZENITH Heritage Pilot Café Racer Spirit and subsequently renamed the ZENITH Heritage Pilot Ton-up. Part of a culture of rockers showing off fast motorcycles during gatherings, a café racer is a motorcycle that has been stripped of all unnecessary weight and parts to gain speed and is renowned for its visual minimalism. The term “ton-up” refers to the minimum 100 mph speed that these racers must achieve when racing to a specific location and back from a café.

Like the motorbikes whence comes its name, the PILOT Type 20 Chronograph Ton Up Black is magnificently free of all clutter. Devoid of date or calendar information, the black dial sticks to the bare minimum – in this case the time. Outsize luminous minute and seconds hands (typical of pilot’s watches) offering clear as day legibility make a clean sweep of highly stylized, large as life Super-LumiNova® white Arabic hour-markers, complemented by a two-register chronograph lay-out with a small seconds dial at 9 o’clock and a chronograph minutes counter at 3 o’clock. Driven by a legendary in-house El Primero automatic 4069 calibre operating at 5Hz (36,000 VpH) with a 50-hour power reserve, this cool number ensures there is no excuse for late arrivals no matter what your sporting preference.

Hour markers

Arabic numerals in Super-LumiNova® SLN C1

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    29.2430.4069/57.C808

    PILOT Type 20 Chronograph Extra Special

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    Movement El Primero 4069, automatic
    Diameter 45 mm
    Case Bronze
    Strap Blue oily nubuck leather strap with protective rubber lining
  • 11.2432.4069/21.C900 PILOT Type 20 Chronograph Ton-Up

    11.2432.4069/21.C900

    PILOT Type 20 Chronograph Ton-Up

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    Movement El Primero 4069, automatic
    Diameter 45 mm
    Case New aged stainless steel
    Strap Black oily nubuck leather strap with protective rubber lining

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