Zenith Swiss Open Gstaad and the Essential Kit for Watching the Tennis
Tennis is one of the rare sports that isn’t timed, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear a watch
When an invitation arrived at the WorldTempus office to go and watch the Swiss Open in Gstaad, I think you could have timed my positive response on a Defy 21 1/100th of a second chronograph! Covid has left us office- and home-bound for way too long, so what a delight to finally reconnect to our friends at Zenith, watch some tennis, and check out the latest watches.
Interview with the winner, Casper Ruud © WorldTempus/ Sophie Furley
Zenith has been a partner of the Swiss Open Gstaad since 2016. It has a pop-up boutique courtside where visitors can see all the latest timepieces, try them on, and have one-on-one presentations with the brand, and it is perhaps no surprise that this was our first port of call on arrival at the tournament.
GMT XXL and the Swiss Open © Pierre André Montjovet
Zenith Chronomaster Sport
The first watch that caught my eye was the super sporty Chronomaster Sport that is powered by the brand’s El Primero automatic chronograph movement. This 44mm stainless-steel sports watch has Zenith’s signature-coloured counters in grey, anthracite, and blue that stand out against a matt white dial. It is paired with a black ceramic bezel and an integrated metal bracelet with a double folding clasp, making it is a very attractive sports watch.
Chronomaster Sport © WorldTempus/ Sophie Furley
For the functions, it has the hours and minutes in the centre, small seconds at nine o’clock, a 60-minute chronograph counter at six o’clock, a 60-second counter at three o’clock, and a mesmerising central chronograph hand that records 1/10th of a second and will have your head spinning as it makes a rotation of the dial in 10 seconds.
Swiss Open Gstaad – ATP 250
We then headed over to the stadium for the first of the semi-final matches between Hugo Gaston from France and Serbia’s Laslo Djere. The ATP 250 tournament is part of the main ATP Tour, that includes four Grand Slam tournaments, the ATP Finals, the ATP Tour Masters 1000, and the ATP 500 tournaments.
Chronomaster Revival & Defy Extreme © WorldTempus/ Sophie Furley
The beauty of the Swiss Open Gstaad is that it is a great place to see the young stars of the future, which fits in perfectly with Zenith’s philosophy of “Time to Reach your Star” that resonates with those who dare to challenge themselves and break barriers, just like the young men on the ATP 250 circuit.
Chronomaster Original & Chronomaster Revival Safari © WorldTempus/ Sophie Furley
Leandro Riedi Becomes a Friend of the Brand
In keeping with this motto, Zenith announced the arrival of a new friend of the brand – the young professional tennis player Leandro Riedi. Born and raised in Switzerland, Riedi is already making a name for himself on an international level and is currently at position 700 in ATP’s ranking. His achievements include reaching the finals of the French Open Boys’ Singles, a championship title in the Australian Open Boys’ Doubles, overall highest ranking of 6th among junior players, and a win against an ATP top 100 player.
Leandro Riedi © Zenith
Unfortunately, he had already left by the time we arrived in Gstaad, but we saw a number of other exceptional players fight it out on the court and got to sit down with men’s singles champion Casper Ruud after the match, who is now also the proud owner of a Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Open in addition to a magnificent Swiss Open Gstaad trophy. If ever the stars of tomorrow need additional motivation to win, the Zenith Chronomaster could well be it!