DEFY CLASSIC BLACK CERAMIC
Like a futuristic black knight, the new model from the Defy collection comes in black ceramic armour and seems to rise out of the night to take possession of your wrist. A stealthy look that perfectly matches the avant-garde architecture of this piece made by Zenith.
Despite its youth – officially launched in 2017 – the Defy watch is already fully grown up. It has such a strong personality that it already has all the makings of an essential element in the contemporary watchmaking world. But with apologies for the easy pun, the Defy defies time! It doesn’t go round it or flee it, but overcomes it. It lives in the present but is inexorably projected into the future, thanks to its avant-garde silhouette in particular. To add to the effect even more, Zenith has given it some new armour made of black technical ceramic. The Defy Classic Black Ceramic is adorned with a light and resistant material, a first for the collection.
The impression of seeing a black knight is mainly due to the dial or rather to the lack of one, revealing a structure shaped like a stylised and open-work star with angular points extending from the centre to the chapter ring. The points blend into the ring around the hour rim, which consists of silver hour markers coated in Super-LumiNova® C1, a black material emitting a strong green light when the watch is plunged into darkness. At the centre of the modernised Zenith logo are two large hour and minute hands that are also phosphorescent, while the second hand has a counterweight decorated, naturally, by a star. The date is shown in a window at 6 o’clock.
The Defy Classic Black Ceramic model is powered by a famous automatic mechanical movement, the calibre Elite 670, but with a black, open-work version. The calibre runs at a frequency of 4Hz and provides a power reserve of 48 hours.
This latest member of the Zenith collections comes with a black rubber strap with a body featuring an embossed chequerboard pattern and a double titanium folding clasp coated in black DLC.
Price: 7,500 CHF zenith.com
By Sharmila Bertin
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