Zenith Introduces A Titanium Version Of Its Chronomaster Sport — The Lightest One Yet, Especially On The New Fitted Rubber Strap
The 2024 tennis season is getting started, and Zenith is ready for it with a new titanium version of its Chronomaster Sport. The lightest and most robust version of the Chronomaster Sport is a great match for the highly intense and entertaining Ultimate Tennis Showdown (UTS) championship. Zenith is the main sponsor and official timekeeper of the championship, in which time (pressure) plays an essential role.
Unlike a traditional tennis match, a UTS match is played over four quarters of eight minutes each. This creates time pressure, which makes the matches more intense for the players and increases the entertainment for the audience. In addition, the atmosphere at the tournaments is more informal. Players wear mics, so you can constantly hear what they’re saying, and there are fewer restrictions for the crowd in the stands. The new Zenith Chronomaster Sport Titanium is specifically made for this looser, more relaxed vibe. Let’s see what it looks like.
The Zenith Chronomaster Sport Titanium
The stainless steel Zenith Chronomaster Sport debuted in 2021. It’s the contemporary bigger brother of the more retro-looking Chronomaster Original. Alongside the first version, with its black ceramic bezel and white dial, Zenith has introduced several other versions. For example, there are steel ones with a green or blue dial, and there are also gold models available. Although their dial and bezel colors may have differed, the sub-dials on these standard-production versions have always been light gray, dark gray, and blue. But that’s not the case with the new and unlimited Chronomaster Sport Titanium.
Except for the red highlights on the chronograph hands and one line of red text, the rest of the design is very monochromatic. The 41mm case, bezel, and bracelet are all made of Grade 5 titanium. Zenith has given the watch a nickel-gray dial, and the sub-dials are silver, light gray, and anthracite. This is not the first time we’ve seen these shades used for the sub-dials. They were also present on the green Chronomaster Sport Aaron Rodgers Boutique Edition. That was quite a good look, but I think this grayscale Chronomaster Sport is even better. The faceted rhodium-plated hands and indexes also have a black lacquer filling and application of white Super-LumiNova for nighttime readability.
The high-frequency El Primero 3600 movement
Because of the titanium construction, this Chronomaster Sport is 30% lighter than its steel counterparts. Apart from that, everything else about the new Chronomaster Sport is already quite familiar. The case, including its domed and AR-coated sapphire crystal, is 13.6mm thick and measures almost 47mm from lug to lug. It’s powered by Zenith’s iconic El Primero 3600 column-wheel chronograph caliber. You probably already know the deal by now. Its central chronograph hand can display the elapsed time in 1/10th of a second. Thus, it goes around the dial in 10 seconds instead of 60.
The automatic movement runs at a higher 36,000vph frequency and has a power reserve of 60 hours. You can take a look at it through the sapphire window on the back. There, you’ll also see the skeletonized rotor with the Zenith star incorporated into it. It’s also nice to know that, even though the crown and pushers don’t screw down, the watch is still water resistant to 10 ATM, so you can jump into the pool without having to worry about it. That’s probably why Zenith is also introducing a new fitted black rubber strap for this watch. We saw a green strap option for the recent green-dial Chronomaster Sport, and Zenith has said that the strap will soon be available in blue and silver as well.
Initial impressions of the Zenith Chronomaster Sport Titanium
While I haven’t seen this watch in real life yet, as I said, I feel it’s a great match for the more youthful kind of tennis that the UTS is promoting. With the watch’s lighter construction, it could very well be worn during a tennis match. The titanium also makes it more robust and increases its corrosion resistance. I suppose that could be useful for those who sweat profusely, for example, during tennis matches. Apart from the whole link to tennis, though, I just think this is one of the best-looking Chronomaster Sport variants out there. I know that the tricolor sub-dials are iconic and all, but this monochromatic theme gives the watch a bit of an understated look, and I like it.
The new Chronomaster Sport Titanium is available now for €12,300 on a bracelet and €11,800 on a black rubber strap with a folding clasp. If you’d like more information on the watch, check out the official Zenith website.