A NEW HORIZON
One year after the launch of a future classic with a name evoking city architecture, the Le Locle-based manufacture is unveiling a duo of watches with a transparent face structured around the stylized silhouette of a star.
For Zenith, 2022 has been a “Defy“ year. Indeed, the Manufacture based in Le Locle has focused much of its product strategy on this collection, starting with the Defy Revival A3642, a faithful reproduction of the original 1969 model, to the complex Defy Extreme Double Tourbillon, via the Defy Skyline. It is precisely the latter that has given rise to the modern interpretation of the skeleton. Or rather two, since the new Defy Skyline Skeleton, unveiled at the LVMH Watch Week in Singapore in January 2023, comes in two versions, each revisiting the color of the sky in its own way.
While this family of watches has already had an openworked model, the Defy Classic in titanium, less than five years ago, the Defy Skyline Skeleton is its modern, even futuristic, evolution. Zenith has opted for a 41mm-diameter case, this time in steel, with more pronounced angles and topped with a 12-sided bezel, which accentuates the overall architecture of the piece. The openworked dial features the stylized silhouette of a four-pointed star, the brand’s symbol, covered in a dark black or dark blue color, depending on the reference chosen. These same colors adorn certain visible elements of the El Primero 3620 caliber, a 5hz automatic movement that provides a two-and-a-half-day power reserve and whose oscillating weight takes the symbolic shape of a star. The hours and minutes are displayed in the center of this three-dimensional composition thanks to two curved rhodium-plated hands coated with white Super-LumiNova®. At 6 o’clock, a hypnotic spectacle scrolls by in a counter: the 1/10th of a second indication.