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  • Manufacturer: Zenith
    Model Name: “Lightweight” Tribute to the Rolling Stones
    Material: Titanium Black DLC. Box-shaped sapphire crystal with anti-reflection treatment on both sides. Transparent sapphire crystal case-back.
    Water-resistance: 10 ATM

    Calibre: El Primero 4052W, automatic, 334 parts, 31 jewels, 36,000 VpH – (5 Hz), min. 50-hour power-reserve.
    Finishings: Oscillating weight adorned with Rolling Stones logo.
    Titanium parts: Main plate, barrel bridge, balance bridge, chronograph bridge, pallets bridge and pallets-wheel bridge.

    Bracelet/Strap: Black rubber strap with calfskin coating adorned with "Union Jack" flag and Rolling Stones logo
    Black PVD coated titanium triple folding clasp

    Dimensions: 45 mm. Diameter. 13.20 mm. Thickness

  • Catalogue Essay

    The quest for excellence to support a scientific quest

    The model houses an El Primero 4052 W Striking 10th automatic movement, beating at a frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour and displaying tenth-of-a-second precision: a lively pace liable to please The Rolling Stones, to whom this unique timepiece pays tribute. The movement is also distinguished by its lightness, with the mainplate and five bridges machined from titanium, and the chronograph double wheel, lever and escape-wheel all made of silicon.
    The openworked dial centre provides a clear view of the movement. On the caseback side, the oscillating weight visible through the transparent crystal is adorned with the British rock band’s famous “red tongue” logo. The date numerals arranged on a ring around the dial circumference appear in a window at 6 o’clock. The chronograph counters reprise the emblematic colours of the original El Primero chronograph and the red central sweep-seconds hands is fitted with a tiny star-shaped counterpoise. The hours and minutes hand are shaped like the fretboard of the Fender Telecaster guitar used (and made legendary) by Keith Richards, one of the key members of The Rolling Stones. The light titanium case features openworked lugs and the rubber strap features a Barenia calfskin insert that is tone-on-tune heat-embossed with the group logo and the Union Jack. The watch comes in a presentation box bearing the group logo as well as that of Zenith.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1865

    Since Zenith's beginnings, founder George Favre-Jacot sought to manufacture precision timepieces, realizing quality control was best maintained when production was housed under one roof. Zenith remains one of the few Swiss manufacturers to produce their own in-house movements to this day.

    Today, the brand is best known for the "El Primero," the firm's most successful automatic chronograph movement. In an interesting twist of fate, the company that owned Zenith during the 1970s decided to move on to quartz movements and therefore sought to destroy the parts and tools necessary to make mechanical movements. One watchmaker realized this folly and hid the tools and parts before they were destroyed. In 1984, he returned them to Zenith so they could once again make the El Primero movement.

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Lot offered with No Reserve

The “Lightweight” Tribute to The Rolling Stones is driven by a titanium automatic El Primero Chronograph movement powering a 1/10th of a second indication, housed in a 45 mm black DLC-coated titanium case framing an openworked dial.

45 mm. Diameter. 13.20 mm. Thickness

CHF18,000 - 28,000 

Sold for CHF21,000

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