Global lockdowns haven’t halted Zenith’s international expansion and to celebrate the opening of their first store in Ginza district in Tokyo, the Swiss watchmaker has launched the second in their line of classic anime-inspired timepieces: the Chronomaster Revival Lupin III – 2nd Edition.
If you remember back to those halcyon days of 2019, you might remember Zenith originally stepping into hallowed territory normally reserved for Seiko. The watch was inspired by a timepiece found in the original Lupin III manga and, being a 50-piece limited edition, sold out almost instantly.
If you’ve not seen the anime, you should; it’s not up there with the likes of One Piece (which I’m desperate for Seiko to get the rights to) but it’s a classic, following master thief Arsene Lupin III and his sidekick Daisuke Jigen. While Lupin is indeed a brightly-coloured, sharply-dressed guy, it’s actually Daisuke who’s the watch collector.
Now Zenith is hoping to make lightning strike twice, with a larger, 200-piece run again taken from the manga. This time they’ve opted for a high-contrast panda (black subdials on white) dial to pair with the archivally faithful 37mm stainless steel A384 case.
It’s a damn fine-looking take on the 70s El Primero formula, right down to the lack of text on the dial. Granted that’s more down to Lupin III artist Monkey Punch than the watchmaker, but it’s a nice, minimalist touch all the same.
Printed on the sapphire caseback is Daisuke’s silhouette and a window into the El Primero 400 automatic chronograph movement, still as phenomenal a high-frequency movement as ever. With a power reserve of 50 hours, it’s a great piece of watchmaking.
Rather than the first Lupin III watch which was only available in Japan, this version will be available in other markets. That said, don’t expect those 200 pieces to last long; even outside of his homeland, the master thief has a substantial following.
Price & Specs:
Model: Zenith Chronomaster Revival Lupin The Third – 2nd Edition
Case/Dial: 37mm diameter, stainless steel
Water resistance: 50m (5 bar)
Movement: Calibre El Primero 400, automatic
Frequency: 36,000 vph (5 Hz)
Power reserve: 50h
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds at nine o’clock, central chronograph hand, 12-hour counter at six o’clock, 30-minute counter at three o’clock, tachymetric scale, date at 4:30
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet
Price/availability: £7,700, limited to 200 pieces
More details at Zenith.