If the early El Primero watches (ref. A386 specifically), fitted with one of the absolute first programmed chronograph developments, are viewed as the most notorious pieces delivered by the Le Locle-based production, another watch has made a serious mix as of late: the Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Cairelli. As of now reissued in 2016 of every a restricted release , some new, non-restricted adaptations of the Cairelli-enlivened watch have been introduced. Decked out in a bronze or matured steel case and with another flyback work – which befits a pilot chronograph – meet the new Zenith Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback.
Short history of the Zenith Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Cairelli
After WWII and the ascent of current military-avionics, a few aviation based armed forces communicated the requirement for reason assembled chronograph watches. The French Aeronavale required the improvement of the Type 20 norm. Germans had their Flieger Chronographs. The Aeronautica Militare Italiana (the Italian Air Force) likewise communicated such a need, which prompted the making of the Zenith Cronometro Tipo CP-2. The watch was commissioned by A. Cairelli, Roma (the official retailer of the Italian Army), who ordered approximately 2,500 units among 1960 and the start of the 1970s, and provided them to the Italian Army.
These Tipo CP-2 were in a split second unmistakable gratitude to their curiously large 43mm case – a common size today, yet a gigantic piece, thinking back to the 1960s. They were fitted with a dark dial and profoundly differentiating glowing Arabic numerals and hands, just as a scored turning bezel. Inside the instance of the Cronometro Tipo CP-2 was the calibre 146 DP, a hand-wound, two-register development delivered by Zenith in its Les Ponts-de-Martel workshops.
While a portion of these watches were conveyed to the military powers, it is said that the Italian Army didn’t honor the agreement in full. Diverse Army Corps got the watch, which clarifies the different engravings found on the back: A.M.I. for «Aeronautica Militare Italiana» or the Air-Force; R.A.M.I. for «Raggruppamento Autonomo Ministero Interno» or the Interior Ministry; or P.S. for «Pubblica Sicurezza», the military police. However, numerous watches were not conveyed and the Army left A. Cairelli with enormous unsold inventories, which were subsequently offered to a regular citizen public, bearing the sole engraving “Cronometro Tipo CP-2 A. Cairelli-Roma” on the back.
The New Zenith Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback
After the achievement of the dark dial/steel case adaptation presented as a restricted version of 1,000 pieces in 2016, Zenith has chosen to bring back the Cairelli-enlivened watches in standard creation (comprehend non-restricted). Two new forms of the Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback will be delivered in 2018, kitted out with visual and specialized evolutions.
Looking at these new versions, the early introduction is their explicit likeness to the original Cairelli Tipo CP-2 watches. Same extents, same plan, same two-register chronograph format, same military motivation. However, in the event that the 2016 restricted release was a dependable multiplication of the first piece, the new forms that Zenith presents this year are outwardly marginally unique. First are the materials utilized for the cases: bronze or matured steel. Surely, two distinct models will be accessible. One with a bronze case and a steel back, the other with a dim DLC-covered matured hardened steel – with a patinated impact on the two metals, to improve the vintage style.
In expansion to the new cases, the dials are likewise marginally extraordinary. In the first place, they show an earthy colored (on the bronze adaptation) or a dull dim (on the DLC-covered steel rendition) angle tone – which means somewhat hazier on the fringe of the dial, with a similar impact applied on the sub-counters. The difference between the dial and the numerals, a crucial part of a pilot’s watch, stays brilliant however. These dials are likewise finished, with a harsh, grained design. The hands coordinate the case material – gold on the bronze rendition, steel on the DLC-covered edition.
The plan of these new Zenith Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback remains totally devoted to the first, with an indistinguishable scored bezel with an hour long scale, indistinguishable numerals on the dial, indistinguishable tracks for the chronograph and hands molded similarly as the 1960s Cairelli Tipo CP-2. The case, at 43mm in measurement, is rather huge on the wrist however remember that indeed Zenith has kept the first extents here. The two adaptations are gotten to the wrist by oily nubuck leather ties, again with a very vintage style.
As for the mechanics, this is the place where we can see the significant contrast between the first and the new Zenith Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback. Without shocks, these watches are furnished with the notable El Primero programmed type – no more hand-twisted development here. For the new Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2, the decision has been made to adhere to a two-register format without a date. To add some importance to the pilot watch idea, and regardless of whether this isn’t devoted to the original Cairelli watches, Zenith added a flyback capacity to the El Primero – something that was missing from the 2016 Limited Edition.
The El Primero 405 B on these new Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback is obvious through a sapphire case back – the 2016 rendition had a shut back. We locate a similar base type, with a high-recurrence managing organ (beating at 5Hz), a focal rotor and a coordinated engineering, too chronograph capacities initiated by a segment wheel. The completing of this genuine symbol of the watchmaking business is generally charming and its development leaves the majority of the specialized parts noticeable (switches, springs, wheels are all in the foreground).
The new Zenith Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback watches will be accessible as non-restricted releases for a serious amicable cost: the two models will retail for CHF 7,900 – a similar cost as the 2016 restricted version, which was in steel, without the flyback work. More subtleties on www.zenith-watches.com .