Enter a new dimension with the Defy collection, where omnipresent mechanical components merge with the materials to create an animated style of abstract timekeeping.

The black dress was very attractive. Now the watch is back and is just as enticing in white or blue. With an open-work dial designed like a modern sculpture, the Defy Classic by Zenith makes a big appeal, too, with its strong personality. The brand based in Le Locle, Switzerland, has benefitted from the skill and experience of the LVMH group’s R&D department in developing materials by adding new colours to the Defy’s 41mm-wide ceramic case with its polished and satin surfaces. But not just the case, since all the visible elements come in colour, too. The result? The monochrome composition roots the models in their times with an idiosyncratic style combining a sports feel with laid-back elegance.

zenith defy classic ceramic closeup blue dialThe absence of a dial reveals the mechanism, which takes on an aesthetic role. The calibre Elite 670 SK is designed like a stylised star and gives the watch its structure. The automatic movement (48 hours of power reserve) and especially the star-shaped rotor can be seen through the sapphire crystal caseback. But all the time information is still very easy to read. The hour and minute hands, as well as the hour markers, are coated in Super-LumiNova® SLN C1. This luminous material emits an intense and attractive green glow in the dark.

zenith defy classic ceramic white casebackThe two new models come with a rubber strap matching the watch colour and a titanium folding clasp.

Price: 7,500 CHF

By Dan Diaconu