For Twenty Five years, the “Tour Auto Optic 2000” has witnessed authentic collector’s cars vie with one another across an roughly 2,000 km stretch between Paris and Cannes. From April 18th to 24th, 240 participants is going to be testing their mettle on closed streets and circuits dotted across the five legs from the race. Only vehicle models getting played within the historic race between 1951 and 1973 are qualified for that competition and should not have access to gone through any modification of the engine or bodywork. The El Primero Chronomaster 1969 Tour Auto Edition got its inspiration from all of these exceptional automobiles which have found their way with the decades while keeping their outstanding performance as well as their inalterable style.
Like a car bonnet raised to display state-of-the-art mechanics, the famous 11 o’clock dial opening reveals the beating heart of the Zenith El Primero Replica 4061 automatic chronograph movement, with its 36,000 vibrations per hour driving a tenth-of-a-second display, its COSC chronometer-certified precision and its integrated column-wheel construction. Fitted with a silicon lever and escape-wheel, this 282-part movement drives central hours and minutes hands, along with chronograph and tachymeter functions, while ensuring a 50-hour power reserve.
The famous 11 o’clock dial opening reveals the El Primero 4061 automatic chronograph movement, a worthy descendant of the world’s most accurate series-produced chronograph developed by Swiss Zenith Replica in 1969. The sporty Swiss replica watches comes in a 42 mm-diameter brushed steel case featuring two round pushers and a fluted crown. Fitted with a domed sapphire crystal, the slender polished bezel provides a generous opening onto a slate grey dial decked out in vertical blue-white-red vertical stripes – a reference to the French rally banner.
This tricolour touch echoes the pushers and the small seconds trident. Surrounded by a tachymeter scale, the dial is punctuated by two snailed counters, swept over by a red central sweep-seconds hand and ensuring optimal legibility in any lighting thanks to the luminescence of its hour-markers and its facetted hours and minutes hands. The case is water-resistant to 100 metres and its exhibition back bearing the engraved race logo reveals an oscillating weight adorned with a “Côtes de Genève” motif.