Zenith has teamed up with “The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride” to create a limited and special edition of their “Zenith Pilot Ton-Up” watch, bearing the DGR logo. So, it seems a motorcycle gang has hijacked an aviation timepiece; although funds are destined to provide humanitarian aid. Let’s take a closer look at the watch and their mission.
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The “Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride” is a global charity event that rises funds an awareness for prostate cancer research and men’s mental health programs, while representing their other charity partner the “Movember Foundation”. This organization mixes men and women who enjoy classic, vintage styled motorbikes, as well as a dapper clothing style, together for common endeavors.
In essence the DGR is an extended group of various aged “old-timey” enthusiasts. Some might like to label them as a particular type of “hipster”, but not all participants would agree it’s a proper term. These individuals share a passion for motorcycles and vintage attire. It’s a similar theme that Zenith got involved with for the “Zenith Heritage Pilot Café Racer”. But, in this case the DGR is a motorsport event that happens once a year. People from all over the world get together in their cities and ride iconic motorcycles for a humane cause.
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So, the DGR is more than just a reenactment group and have a goal in mind. Their international charity event for classic and vintage styled motorcycles wants to make people aware and involved with the Movember Foundation’s men’s health programs. To do so, this year their aim is to enroll 50,000 dapper racers, in over 500 cities, across countries, to unite for the world’s largest motorcycling charity event, on Sunday September 25th, 2016. Those interested in assisting or participating in this noble initiative can get more info by following this link.
The 45mm round case on this watch is made of stainless-steel, with a solid caseback bearing the “Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride” logo. Also includes the big iconic Zenith onion-shaped winding crown, with a flat riveted chronograph pusher on each of its sides. The case has also been treated for a faux patina, “aged look”. Attributing this timepiece with characteristics very similar to those found on the recent “Zenith Heritage Pilot Café Racer”.
Time is told on an anthracite dial via Arabic numerals, with a luminous coating. The “Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride” insignia can be seen hovering over the 6 o’clock position. There are also two sub-dials: a 30-minute counter near the 3 o’clock position and a sub-seconds at the 9 o’clock position. Circling the dial is a white railroad tracks minute ring, with every 10-minute increment colored red.
This DGR event was created and founded by Mark Hawwa, back in 2012. His inspiration came from a photo of Jon Hamm, playing Don Draper in the hit AMC TV show “Mad Men”, as he wore a suave suit and rode a classic motorbike.
Curiously enough “Mad Men” stars also donated watches they used on their TV show to be auctioned off at one of Christie’s auctions (back in December 2015) with proceeds going towards “Doctors Without Borders.” Different dilemmas, but both valid causes in need of support. Those who wish to help out the DGR event, can also receive Zenith gifts. Just follow this link and join the “Zenith watches Team” to learn more.
Zenith Heritage Pilot Ton-Up
This “Zenith Heritage Pilot Ton-Up” is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, El Primero 4069 caliber, with 35 jewels and 36,000 vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 50 hours and water-resistance can reach up to 100m (330 feet). Mounted to the watch is a brown hand-stitched leather strap with the “Distinctive Gentleman’s Ride” logo and is secured by an aged stainless-steel buckle. This watch is a limited edition of only five produced pieces. So, if you’re not one of the lucky winners, you can always settle for the “Zenith Pilot Ton-Up” (Ref#: 11.2430.4069/21.C773) which this special edition was based on.
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