Zenith ElPrimero Class Traveller Multicity Alarm Ref.: 18.0520.4046
Swiss Army Knife. That’s what comes to mind when face-to-dial with the Zenith El Primero Class Traveler Multicity Alarm.
True, it’s bold, it’s nearly a half-pound of 18-k rose gold, and it’s an El Primero. But while that roster of virtues would place a luxury chronograph among the elite of high horology, it’s only the beginning of the story with the Multicity Alarm.
Zenith‘s open escapement was a revolution when it bowed in the early 2000s, and the idea has been copied with abandon by a world of emulators from Audemars Piguet to Jaeger-LeCoultre to SevenFriday.
The design brings the life force of the watch to the fore without leaving the wrist. Think of it as 90 percent of the intrinsic appeal of a tourbillon at a fraction of the price.
Zenith‘s alarm keeps no secrets; in addition to the mellifluous voice, the alarm function packs an on/off indicator to prevent unanticipated Sunday reveilles and a power reserve to indicate whether the alarm is ready to ring when needed. True to company heritage the Zenith El Primero Multicity offers a unique take on the classic power reserve gauge.
The entire assembly rotates on a dedicated ruby pivot jewel that protrudes through the dial: impressive is the word.
A classical haute horlogerie grand date occupies pride of place at the top of the dial. Its double-digit register features a complex three-wheel sequencing mechanism that surpasses any practical requirement for displaying the date, and that’s precisely the point; luxury is a matter of receiving more than expected and more than necessary.
Zenith raises its game with the 18-karat Multicity and channels the mode of grandeur generally attributed to pre-war ocean liners, Wurlitzer pipe organs, and École des Beaux–Arts architecture.
Now rotate the watch and behold the main event: Zenith’s El Primero caliber 4046.
Linear and circular dressage (directional metallic grain) establishes the degree of hand labor lavished on Zenith El Primero movements of this level. In its day, the Zenith El Primero Class Traveler Multicity Alarm represented one of the flagship models of the manufacture, and each was finished accordingly.
With a 36,000 VpH heartbeat, the classic double-time cadence of the Zenith El Primero makes its voice heard. From the dial, the supernaturally smooth sweep of the chronograph seconds hand is a hint at the legend within. Now hold it against the ear; it speaks in a different voice than a conventional 28,800 VpH Rolex or Omega.
Since its 1969 debut and miraculous 1975 escape from the scraper’s torch (a sentimental watchmaker hid the caliber’s tooling), the El Primeo has proved to be a survivor, dead reliable, accurate, and charismatic beyond words. Perhaps uniquely in the world of horology, the El Primero is a movement – not a watch – that inspires outright love from a global legion of devotees.
The Zenith El Primero Class Traveler Multicity Alarm wants for nothing. Every craft detail, watchmaking complication, and factory accessory one could desire is included with this outstanding world time alarm chronograph. All it needs is a wrist; will it be yours?
Watch condition (refer to photos)
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Case: excellent condition
Clock face: excellent condition
Glass: excellent condition
Back face: excellent condition
Bracelet: excellent condition. Additional new strap included.
Movement: fully operational / checked for performance, authenticity and functionality.
The recent comparable model Zenith El Primero Class Traveler Multicity Alarm in gold with automatic movement has a retail price of 38,000.- Euro.
Please consider the unique design of this model, that’s loaded like an S-Class, combines modern elements of the horologers with the spirit and appearance of the original model launched by Zenith mid-century.
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Item and accessories will be delivered as pictured. Manuals, papers, certificate cards, booklets and boxes are only included in the delivery if mentioned in the description and/or shown in the pictures. The pictures show the actual watch you are buying. All pictures were taken by MD Watches.