The watch industry is awash with too much news to cover. Each week, we’ll break down everything worth knowing. This week: Zenith reissues a military chronograph, Lenny Kravitz designs a Rolex, a beautifully designed table clock and more.
A (Mostly) Faithful Reissue from Zenith
Zenith, who is killing it with its recent limited-edition chronographs (see its collaborations with Land Rover and Hodinkee), has released another: the Heritage Cronometro TIPO CP-2. It’s a reissue of the original TIPO CP-2, a pilot’s chronograph Zenith was commissioned to make for Italian Navy and Air Force pilots in the early 1960s. The modern iteration is a dead ringer for the original, keeping the same rotating bezel, dial layout and even the same 43mm case diameter. The only big departure here is the choice of movement: a dateless, two-sub-dial variant of the high-beat El Primero. Zenith says only 1,000 pieces will be made.
Jaeger-LeCoutre has been enlisting the help of famed industrial designer Marc Newson since 2008 to create special editions of their Atmos table clock. The 568 is the latest and features a slightly tweaked version of the mechanical movement used in the standard Atmos clocks, indicating time, date and phase of the moon, but the movement is put on display in a sleek, rounded, Baccarat crystal case.
Are You Gonna Chrono My Way?
Musician, actor and watch fanatic Lenny Kravitz has just released a collaborative watch design with watch-modifying company Les Artisans de Genéve — a Rolex Daytona with a black dial, a case treated in black DLC and gold on the bezel, crown and pushers. The watch comes on a wide leather strap and is presented in a box that doubles as a Bluetooth speaker.
Their Watch Fair Is a Great Watch Fair
Love Watches? Live in New York? Between October 21 and 23, watch blog Worn & Wound will be hosting a pop-up shop/watch fair called Wind^Up, which will feature over 30 independent watch brands, including Oris, Oak and Oscar, Squale and Autodromo. Go and ogle some watches and meet with other collectors and watch enthusiasts.
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Found: 1960s Universal Genève Aero-Compax
Like the original Zenith CP-2, this Universal Genéve is a pilot’s chronograph from the ’60s with a chunky rotating bezel. But it’s fairly unique, with its a 24-hour dial; after a full day, the hour hand will have gone around the watch only once. The corresponding 24-hour bezel here can be used to track a second timezone as well.