Zenith has launched two versions of the Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback based on a limited edition tribute watch it produced two years ago. The two need models are available in a choice of bronze or aged stainless steel and mixes style elements from the brand’s Heritage Pilot line and the ‘Cairelli’ re-issue from 2016.
In October 2016, Zenith unveiled the Heritage Cronometro Tipo CP-2, a limited edition watch that paid tribute the ‘Cairelli’ watch – a military chronograph that Zenith supplied to the Italian military. The original chronograph was produced in the mid-1960s and was commissioned by the Italian Army through the Italian dealership A. Cairelli in Rome. In case you are still wondering 'CP' stands for cronometro di polso (wrist chronometer).
The two new Pilot Tipo CP-2 Flyback chronographs are encased in 43-mm-wide cases that are 12.8-mm-thick. They are available either in bronze or aged stainless steel as in seen in the Heritage Pilot releases from last year. Both models are fitted with the famous El Primero column wheel chronograph with flyback function.
The granular dial (either bronze on the bronze case or slate grey on the aged steel version) features a bi-compax chronograph register layout. The running seconds counter is located at 9 o’clock and the minutes counter is placed at 3 o’clock. It uses faceted arrow-shaped hands and Arabic numerals to indicate time.
While the bronze cased version is paired with a brown oily nubuck leather strap, the aged steel one is fitted with a green oily leather strap with protective rubber lining. Both straps are finished with a titanium pin buckle.
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Unlike the Cairelli tribute which was presented with a closed caseback, both watches here have sapphire crystal casebacks that show off the famed high-beat El Primero 405B movement. The self-winding 5 Hz chronograph movement has a 50-hour power reserve and flyback function. These two new models are priced at $7,600 and the watches will be available in the market by February.