Back in the year 1969, two companies were working on a first from their products; one a car production and the other a watch production company. Range Rover was working on to create a vehicle which combines the off-road capabilities of the Land Rover and the comfort a saloon before it was named and recognised the world over as Range Rover.
While Swiss watch manufacturer Zenith was working on a fully working prototype of the world's first self-winding chronograph movement, which it later christened it as El Primero chronograph movement, or ‘the first'. It went on to become the most accurate wrist chronograph ever made.
After 47 years, both the companies have come together to create a limited edition chronograph watch called Zenith El Primero Range Rover. The specially developed new watch shares the official debut presentation of the Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic in Paris.
The two milestones of engineers who created one of the firsts in automobile and watch making are celebrating with the reveal of the chronograph watch at the event in Paris.
Each of the El Primero Chronograph features a 42mm case made from ceramic aluminium and to compliment the aluminum architecture of the Range Rover it combines the light weight with extreme durability.
Range Rover's minimalistic approach for the dashboard controls is similar to the clean appearance of the watch. The watch features a brushed, slate grey dial, three subtle yet highly legible chronograph subdials and a robust winding crown which is paired with easy-to-operate push pieces.
At the rear of the Zenith El Primero Range Rover showcases the Zenith and Range Rover's names engraved discreetly. The name is seen on both the oscillating weight and retaining ring for the transparent case back.
In recognition of the similar design values of both the manufacturers, British Explorer Colonel John Blashford Snell when he chose to wear the watch while leading team. The team equipped with two Range Rovers were attempting to achieve the first successful crossing of the infamous Darien Gap in 1971/ 72 part of the Trans-America expedition.
Each of the watches will be supplied with a black rubber strap with ivory-toned perforated calfskin and a black diamond-like carbon coated titanium triple folding clasp. The new watch will be packed and delivered in a watch box made from the gloss lacquered wood found on Range Rover interiors and applied with the Range Rover logo.
The box opens with a press of a button similar to the type used on the Range Rover which is trimmed in smooth, perforated leather in keeping with the car's upholstery. The watch will be supplied with an additional rubber strap finished in Range Rover Navy Perforated Leather.