It took the Swiss watchmaking brand less than a month to introduce a Westime-branded limited edition version of its Zenith Captain Winsor Annual Calendar Chronograph: a surprisingly elegant automatic wristwatch that was issued just a couple of months ago and already went on sale around the globe.
Sporting the same technical specifications as the original watch, the new Zenith Captain Winsor Westime differs from the original only with its more entertaining color scheme (and, of course, with its unique double-digit number plaque that will probably make the limited edition model a lot better at holding its resale value.)
As you can see on the pictures, the Westime-braded model is issued in so called “mixte” or “two-tone” case: it sports a stainless steel body, which is equipped with a fixed bezel made form solid 18-carat rose gold. Although the combination of materials rarely works for me, here it seems to play very nice, probably thanks to the blue dial and strap that act as a sort of visual glue bonding steel and gold together.
The faceted hands, applied hour markers and some other parts of the dial are rose gold-plated and strike a very powerful chord with the royal blue color of the dial that has a nicely executed barleycorn guilloche pattern in its middle.
Well, the “Day of week” / “Month” window looks a little bit crude to me, but I could live with that.
Since the timekeeper is still powered by the same Zenith El Primero 4054 self-winding movement, which is perfectly visible through a transparent case back of the watch, it also sports the same dial layout with the day of week and month apertures placed at 3 hours, and the date window sharing its space with a 60-minute chronograph totalizer at 6 hours.
The place at 9 o’clock is reserved for the small seconds sub-dial.
All in all, the watch looks almost flawless.
I can only grumble a little about the color of the chronograph minute and seconds hands: while the base model had those elements in their own color (I am not sure whether they were heat blued or simply painted,) the Captain Winsor Westime has them gold-plated as the rest of the hands, somewhat decreasing the timekeeper’s legibility.
According to Westime’s official press release, the whole party will be limited to 28 pieces that will go on sale exclusively to Westime boutiques in Southern California. While official pricing is still to be revealed, I would assume that the limited edition model won’t cost sufficiently more than the aforementioned “standard issue” Captain Winsor Annual Calendar Chronograph that currently retails at just $8700 USD.
Zenith Captain Winsor Westime Annual Calendar Chronograph Limited Edition automatic watch specification
Price: Approx. $9000
Movement: Automatic, Zenith caliber El Primero 4054, in-house, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 29
Movement frequency: 36,000 vph
Movement decoration: No data
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, 60-minute chronograph, date, day of week, month
Power reserve: 50 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Rose gold
Crown material: Rose gold
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 42.00 mm
Case height: No data
Lug width: No data
Dial: Blue, guilloche
Hour markers: Rose gold-plated
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Blue alligator leather strap lined with rubber
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire