Baselworld 2018: Zenith Defy Classic
In 2017, Zenith wrote the first chapter of tomorrow’s watchmaking, with the launch of Defy El Primero 21 – the exceptional hundredth-of-a-second chronograph – and the first-generation Defy Lab, the world’s most accurate watch thanks to its new monocrystalline silicon oscillator. DEFY with its futuristic DNA has now given rise to a full-fledged collection featuring several degrees of mechanical complexity, starting with the new Defy Classic, a three-hand plus date watch.
With its case forged from ultra-light titanium, its blackened skeleton movement, its star-shaped openworked dial and its shade of blue reflecting the collection’s original colour, this Zenith watch propels casual chic elegance into a whole new dimension.
Powered by icons of precision and performance, DEFY sets an elegant and sporty style tone with the new Defy Classic. Hours, minutes, central seconds and date: its essential functions are a distillation of the DEFY aesthetic. Large luminescent baton-type hours and minutes hands and a slim seconds hand with an emblematic star counterweight sweep over five stylised branches also evoking the Zenith symbol. The deep blue minutes ring, punctuated by facetted applied hour-markers, enhances an openworked mechanism sporting contemporary finishing. In a nod to the collection’s legendary origins, this is the exact same shade as its illustrious predecessor, the 1969 El Primero. References to the past stop there however, as DEFY thrusts watchmaking firmly into the future.
Beating inside its light titanium case is a Manufacture Zenith movement – the famous automatic Elite 670 base calibre – reinterpreted in DEFY model. For the very first time, this reliable and accurate engine, fitted with a silicon pallet-lever and escape-wheel, is revealed by means of an ultra-modern openworked approach. Blackened, structured and topped by a cut-out date disc read off on a white dot at 6 o’clock, it oscillates at 4 Hz and enjoys over 50 hours of autonomy.
Fitted with an integrated metal bracelet composed of supple links, a rubber strap coated with alligator leather, or a unistructure rubber version, Defy Classic radiates a blend of distinction and modernity.
And for fans of contemporary classicism, this chic and urban must-have also comes in a version featuring a sunburst blue closed dial with 3 o’clock date window, teamed with the same bracelet/strap options as the openworked model.
Zenith Defy Classic
Ref.95.9000.670/78.M9000; 95.9000.670/78.R584; 95.9000.670/78.R782; 95.9000.670/51.M9000; 95.9000.670/51.R584; 95.9000.670/51.R790
New Elite skeletonised movement
New 41mm brushed titanium case
Silicon escape-wheel and lever
Elite 670 SK, Automatic
Calibre: 11 ½``` (Diameter: 25.60mm)
Movement thickness: 3.88mm
Frequency: 28,800 VpH (4Hz)
Power-reserve: min. 48 hours
Finishing: Special oscillating weight with satin-brushed finish
Hours and minutes in the centre
Central seconds hand
Date indication at 3 or 6 o’clock, depending on the model
Case, Dial & Hands
Diameter opening: 32.5mm
Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
Case-back: Transparent sapphire crystal
Material: Brushed Titanium
Water-resistance: 10 ATM
Dial: Openworked or Blue-toned sunray-patterned
Hour-markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova SLN C1
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova SLN C1