zenith pilot 2018


The Zenith star is back at its zenith! The Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback combines the attractions of a legendary model with a mechanism featuring very up-to-date performances.

Developed in the 1960s for the Italian army, the 2,500 CP-2 Cairelli chronographs are now highly sought after by collectors of military watches and fans of the brand with the star logo. Encouraged by the enthusiasm for a model that has become the symbol of an era, Zenith has designed a new version named Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback and in the same spirit as the original model. On the dial, there is the ultra-readable display. The hour and minute hands, coated in Super-LumiNova®, make their way around Arabic numerals with the same luminescent material.

zenith pilot 2018 closeupSplit-time measurements are now taken care of by the calibre El Primero 405B (50 hours of power reserve) with results that can be read with the central second hand and the 30-minute totaliser at 3 o’clock. To maintain a harmonious arrangement of the time information, there is a small second hand at 9 o’clock. The manufacture had the good idea not to add a date counter, which would have overloaded a perfectly symmetrical design. The self-winding movement comes with a flyback function that can be reset to zero and instantly relaunch the chronograph with a single press.

zenith pilot 2018 casebackThe Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback watch comes in two versions with a vintage look. While the case still has its original width of 43mm, it now comes in a choice of two materials. Aged bronze or steel are combined respectively with a grained brown or slate grey dial and a brown or green nubuck strap.

Price: 7,900 CHF zenith.com

By Dan Diaconu