Arsène Lupin III is, at first glance, a somewhat unusual character to be honored with not one, but two limited edition Zenith watches. For starters, he’s criminal, and a fictitious one at that. But that’s precisely what the Zenith Chronomaster Revival Lupin the Third second edition is, and — upon closer inspection — it all makes sense.
This watch is the follow up to the overwhelming success of 2019’s Lupin the Third A384 reissue, released to coincide with the opening of Zenith’s new Ginza boutique, which honestly makes sense given that the Japanese origins of the Manga, originally created by Monkey Punch, in 1967. The series has been popular ever since, both in its home country and abroad: some fun facts include the fact that it was a Lupin III movie, The Castle of Cagliostro that was legendary director Hayao Miyazake’s feature debut. Lupin also gets name-checked in Kanye West’s bombastic 2005 single, Touch the Sky.
There’s also pedigree when it comes to the relationship between Zenith and Monkey Punch. The series sidekick, Daisuke Jigen seems to have been something of a horological aficionado, and was pictured wearing Zenith (among other) watches.
So that’s the context, how does the watch hold up? Very well. Whereas the first run of 50 pieces was a dark take on the A384, with a black and grey dial, this edition inverts the aesthetic with a dramatic panda dial — black registers on a white field with warm creamy lume plots — high contrast and highly appealing. Bonus points to Zenith for the streamlined dial text, there’s no “Chronograph Automatic El Primero” script underneath the Zenith name. A seemingly small change, but one that makes a big difference.
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#Boutique: Zenith has officially opened the doors of its new Tokyo boutique! The new Ginza location is Zenith’s first flagship boutique to showcase the brand’s new concept, placing storytelling as a central element and offering visitors multi-sensory experience by unfolding the unique tales of Zenith in new and interactive ways. The Tokyo boutique is also the first to offer Zenith Icons, a service allowing the acquisition of curated vintage pieces sourced, refurbished and certified by the manufacture.
While the first release tested the waters with a comparatively small run of 50 pieces, Zenith is more confident with demand this time around, releasing the Chronomaster Revival Lupin The Third in an edition of 200 pieces. Initially the watch will be offered through the new Ginza boutique and then other boutiques, retailers, as well as online through Zenith’s e-shop.
El Primero 400 Automatic, 5 Hz beat rate with a minimum of 50 hours power reserve, hours, minutes, chronograph with 12-hour and 30-minute counters, date.
Stainless steel, 37mm water-resistant to 50m
Stainless steel ladder bracelet.
Limited to 200 pieces, CHF 9,400