In 2017, Zenith broke ground through its El Primero collaboration with Range Rover and by launching what was arguably the world’s most accurate wristwatch – the Defy Lab. Now that everyone’s paying attention, Zenith launches a full-fledged collection of Defy watches, and there’s one particular example that’s tickled our fancy.
The Defy Classic Skeleton was first unveiled at Baselworld 2018 and is offered as a “gateway into this futuristic universe.” I don’t know about that, but it is a very nice watch. This charismatic piece has a 41mm ultra-light titanium case framing a star-shaped dial with blue shading that complements its blackened skeleton movement.
Beating inside is a reinterpretation of Zenith’s automatic Elite 670 movement. It’s technology known for precision and performance. Best of all, it offers a lower price point than El Primero’s movement. This Defy Classic displays hours, minutes, central seconds and date.
The hour and minute hands are large and luminescent, while the second hand is slim, featuring a star counterweight evoking the Zenith symbol. Blackened, structured and topped by a cut-out date disc read off on a white dot at 6 o’clock, the wristwatch oscillates at 4Hz and offers around 50 hours of autonomy.
Couple the Defy Classic with a choice of titanium, blue alligator leather or a black studded rubber band and you have a watch that exudes chic elegance. You can find the Defy Classic Skeleton, and the other Defy watches right now in boutiques across the globe. You can pick one up for around $9,000.