First launched at Baselworld 2017, Zenith brought back their legendary 1969 automatic EL Primero chronograph movement that offered precision to 1/100th of a second and jacked it up with the Defy El Primero 21 model. The watch was equipped with twin escapement and twin barrels to maintain the cruise control and keep up with the movement’s pace.
While the DEFY 21 and DEFY Classic have gone through numerous iterations that incorporate exotic materials and vibrant colours, the Zenith Boutique-exclusive Black & White editions take on a drastically different approach with an achromatic palette.
The choice of black & white colourway on this new Defy EL Primero model is far more than just a choice of tones. It’s an entire design language that echoes towering urban landscapes and edgy art and fashion movements.
These on-trend reinterpretations of the two most emblematic models in the DEFY collection emphasise their singularly bold architecture through heavily contrasting black and white tones put forth in an enticing manner, providing a decidedly contemporary yet versatile choice for the style-conscious watch aficionado of today.
Featuring a matte micro blasted black ceramic case in 44mm for the DEFY 21 and 41mm for the DEFY Classic, the muted finish enhances the sleek lines of the faceted case as it absorbs light rather than reflects it. The two emblematic DEFY pieces are paired with white ceramic bezels for a sharp contrast, giving way to the three dimensional dials of both models.
Powered by El Primero 9004 automatic movement this watch features 1/100th of a second chronograph functions, chronograph power-reserve indication at 12 o’clock, hours and minutes in the centre, Small seconds at 9 o’clock, central chronograph hand, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and 60-second counter at 6 o’clock.
On the DEFY 21, a white 1/100th of a second scale and 30-minute chronograph counter appear to seemingly float above the blackened movement. On the DEFY Classic, the ultra-modern open dial with a central star motif is given a similar treatment in this Boutique-exclusive edition, with a white flange ring and a blackened symmetrical open dial.
As the finishing touch, a black and white cordura-effect rubber strap completes the theme. For a more understated look, both editions of the DEFY Black & White also come with a second strap in textured black rubber.
The DEFY 21 Black & White and DEFY Classic Black & White are available exclusively at Zenith Boutiques and e-shop from August 31st 2020.