A384 REVIVAL LUPIN THE THIRD EDITION
FROM FICTION TO REALITY
Only available in Japan, this limited series bears the features of the first automatic chronograph and brings to life the watch of imaginary character Rupan Sansei.
A Japanese version of Arsène Lupin in a soap opera manga, Lupin the Third, takes up the myth of the French gentleman burglar from 1967 under the pen name Monkey Punch (1937-2019). An animated series that began to be broadcast in 1971 allowed the fictional character to meet an international audience. In the first episode of Rupan Sansei, Lupin’s partner Daisuke Jigen wears a Zenith watch. As the model did not exist, the Manufacture decided to mark the 50th anniversary of the El Primero caliber by bringing it to life in the form of a 50-piece limited edition called the A384 Revival Lupin the Third Edition. It is presented in a special case with a counter-box decorated with a mosaic of images from the series.
The chronograph is inspired by the original 1969 A384 model with a 37mm-diameter steel case and piston-shaped pushers. The matte black dial contrasts with the 30-minute and 12-hour totalizers, useful for measuring short times, and the small seconds counter at 9 o’clock, all three dressed in mouse gray. A coating of Super-LumiNova® cream allows the golden hands and hour-markers to stand out even more.
The time information and the date at 4:30 am are powered by the El Primero 400 caliber with a rate of 36,000 vibrations per hour. The self-winding movement ensures a 50-hour autonomy. Its oscillating weight with a Côtes de Genève finish is revealed through the sapphire crystal caseback on which the silhouette of Daisuke Jigen is drawn.
Price: EUR7,000 zenith.com
By Dan Diaconu
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