The Le Locle manufacture is firmly anchored in its century. The evidence is found in the aesthetic and mechanical advantages of this chronograph, which is able to measure time to the nearest 1/100th of a second.

Must we still talk about futuristic design? Carbon definitively marks the watchmaking industry with its footprint. The heterogeneous streaks of the composite fibers used to machine the cases create a design that is now clearly identifiable and linked to our times. The Defy El Primero 21 Carbon presents this singularity thanks to a relevant use of the material. Not only does it reinforce the masculine style of the timepiece, but it also enhances its mechanical architecture, which can be seen through the openwork dial. On this 44mm diameter monochrome composition, the time information is revealed by black Super-LumiNova® SLN on the hour and minute hands and indexes.

zenith defy el primero 21 carbon caseback closeupTriggering the chronograph sets in motion a hypnotic spectacle. The hands of the two totalizers, the 30-minute hands at 3 o’clock and the 60-second hands at 6 o’clock, are activated during a short time measurement. At the same time, the central second hand does its revolutions at a frantic rate of one dial revolution per second. This feat is achieved by the El Primero 9004 caliber assembled by Zenith. With these two escapements, one for watches with a frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour, the other for the chronograph boosted to 360,000 vibrations per hour, this certified automatic chronometer movement measures short times to 1/100th of a second. Once wound, it also provides 50 hours of power reserve for the watch.

zenith defy el primero 21 carbon dial closeupTo reinforce its sporty personality, the Defy El Primero 21 Carbon comes with a textured black rubber strap, finished with a carbon and titanium folding clasp.

Price: 18,900 CHF

By Dan Diaconu