As one of the most iconic cigar brands in the world, Cohiba needs little introduction. Five years ago, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, a collaboration was announced between Cohiba and watchmaker Zenith – creator of the legendary1969 El Primero movement. It was a seismic moment in watchmaking – an ambitious construction which set a new standard for chronograph accuracy measuring up to 1/10th of a second. This accomplishment was possible as a result of the El Primero’s (meaning ‘the first’ in Spanish) higher frequency or beat-rate, at 36,600 vibrations per hour vs the more standard variations of 19,800/21,600 of the day. This year, Zenith celebrates the 55th anniversary of Cohiba with a 55-piece limited edition Chronomaster Open. The 42mm stainless steel timepiece is reimagined with immediately recognisable Cohiba colours and design. On the dial, the saffron yellow, white and black-chequered motif of its paper bands appear. Yellow chronograph seconds hands add to the aesthetic fluency of the piece, finished with a black alligator leather strap and protective rubber lining.
Just as precious as the entirely hand-rolled and masterfully blended cigars of Cohiba, the El Primero 4061 automatic movement within the commemorative Chronomaster Open beats with the power of 36,000 vibrations per hour; approximately 600 times per minute or 10 times per second. This has the dual advantage of offering superior chronometric accuracy – it self-corrects quicker than other timepieces at 4 Hz or lower – as well as conferring the precision of recording 1/10th of a second when the chronograph is deployed.
The Zenith Chronomaster Open Cohiba 55th Anniversary Edition timepiece (RM42,300) was announced in conjunction with the celebration of the first virtual Habanos World Days in early May, due to the global situation. For cigar aficionados, this limited edition – which will be available exclusively at Zenith boutiques and select retailers around the world from October 2021 – comes with a special gift; a set of five special Cohiba cigars presented in a co-branded porcelain jar bespoke for this collaboration.