Last Veteran's Day (November 11th) Zenith announced a partnership with Wounded Warrior Project, which provides programs and services for wounded veterans who were injured during their military service post-9/11. Wounded Warrior Project offers veterans help on many different levels, including family support, assistance in injury rehabilitation, and help coping with recovery from combat stress. Services are offered free of charge to veterans and Wounded Warrior Project is supported by charitable donations; in conjunction with the release of the watch, Zenith has already made a donation of $25,000, presented by Zenith's U.S. president, Thierry Collot.
The watch is a variation on the Cronometro Tipo CP-2, which is in turn a re-interpretation of the famous 1960s "Cairelli" chronograph, named for the Rome-based retailer which carried the watch, and which was bought by the Italian armed forces (for more on the genesis of the Cronometro Tipo CP-2, check out our in-depth coverage from 2016). The stock is very faithful to the original, but for the Wounded Warrior limited edition, some changes have been made, including the incorporation of a red, white, and blue color scheme.
The Wounded Warrior limited edition has a deep blue dial, rather than the black dial of the "stock" version, with a red chronograph seconds hand and a red triangle on the bezel, rather than the white triangle in the regular production model.*
Mechanically, this limited edition and the standard production model are identical both are two register, flyback chronographs, with an El Primero movement. The limited edition also has a sapphire display back, while the stock model has a solid caseback.*
Aside from being a watch made in support of a great cause, the aesthetics of the Wounded Warrior limited edition are a very attractive variation on the austerity of the black-and-white production model. The deep blue dial's got a lot of pop in person and the use of red feels functionally appropriate as well.*
The Wounded Warrior Project Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP2 is $8,350 and is a limited edition of 50 pieces worldwide you can find out more about the watch at Zenith online, and about Wounded Warrior Project right here.