As we’ve seen lately, the Zenith El Primero base calibre (and all its variations) has given birth to countless different watches, in varied kinds. Vintage-inspired, discreetly modern, revolutionary and even ultra-rugged, the emblematic chronograph movement is offered in watches for many tastes. Certainly essentially the most spectacular of all of them, the Zenith Defy Extreme is a watch with a reputation that claims all the pieces… it’s, certainly, an excessive model of the Defy, itself already a contemporary and daring iteration of the El Primero. First launched as a part of the everlasting assortment in April this 12 months with 3 totally different fashions, Zenith comes again now with the primary restricted version round this mannequin, a desert-inspired model with stunning supplies. Right here’s the brand new Zenith Defy Excessive Desert Version.
Introduced earlier this 12 months, the Defy Extreme is, as you may have guessed by its title, the boldest, essentially the most sturdy and essentially the most technical-looking piece within the model’s assortment. A watch that’s clearly not meant for the faint-hearted, a watch that’s as hi-tech visually than mechanically. Utilizing the basic Defy type as a base, with its barrel-shaped case and built-in bracelet configuration, it provides a good dosage of testosterone but in addition some parts of the previous – in a moderately discreet manner – such because the 12-sided bezel that was as soon as the hallmark of the classic fashions. It has an enormous presence on the wrist and is extraordinarily protected all-around, but it surely’s additionally a watch of mechanical exception, with the spectacular double-regulator chronograph motion inside. First introduced in 3 totally different titanium editions – coated or not, with ceramic or gold accents – the Zenith Defy Excessive now will get its first restricted version watch, the Desert mannequin.
Designed along with acclaimed nature photographer Kourosh Keynejad, it has been formed across the “fantastic thing about the dry plateaus and mountains of sand” in line with Keynejad. Being dubbed Desert Version, this model performs on sandy and brown tones to evoke excessive environments. The 200m waterproof case, nonetheless measuring an imposing 45mm in diameter and 15.40mm in peak, is right here crafted from titanium, with out coating. Faceted and sharp, the surfaces are principally brushed with polished accents to intensify the form of the case. What actually units this version aside is the usage of stone on the case. Certainly, the element that protects the pushers, in addition to the dodecagonal bezel, are crafted from falcon’s eye, a blue-grey opaque macrocrystalline quartz gemstone that’s named after the bird-of-prey that has accompanied desert nomads for hundreds of years. If stunning at first, its use is pretty properly managed and accentuates the edginess of the case.
In the identical vein, the semi-transparent sapphire crystal dial is topped by a sand-coloured module for the sub-counters and the ability reserve indicator, which is complemented by beige luminescent markers and arms in addition to utilized chronograph counters in an identical tone. And if the watch is delivered on a titanium bracelet and an extra black velcro strap, it should look much more related on the beige-coloured rubber strap that’s additionally included. Ps. each straps and the bracelet will be modified in a couple of seconds, with out instruments, because of a fast strap-change mechanism on the again of the case.
The Zenith Defy Excessive Desert Version options the El Primero 9004 automated calibre. This motion is supplied with two escapements, one for holding time which runs at 36,000vph and one for the chronograph which runs at 360,000vph. The second regulating organ is to counter the large demand for power from the chronograph operate with the intention to point out elapsed time all the way down to a hundredth of a second. When engaged, the central chronograph hand makes one full rotation per second. To maintain the 2 impartial escapements powered sufficiently, a double-barrel can retailer as much as 50 hours when the chronograph shouldn’t be engaged. The motion is rated and authorized as a chronometer, examined by Time Lab.
The Zenith Defy Excessive Desert Version is restricted to 50 items and is now obtainable from Zenith boutiques world wide and from the model’s on-line store. It’s priced at CHF 21,900. For extra particulars and orders, please go to www.zenith-watches.com.
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