As Extreme E is gearing up for its second season, Zenith is unveiling the first in a series of special editions of the DEFY Extreme Carbon, incorporating recycled elements from the electric rally championship. The highly exclusive series will feature a limited edition for each of this season’s races, beginning with the Desert X Prix in the emerging futuristic city of NEOM.
Located in north-western Saudi Arabia, NEOM is being built on a unique terrain alongside the Red Sea coast that boasts vast sand dunes as well as mountainous areas that have remained largely undeveloped and uninhabited, setting the stage for the perfect showdown in a raw and extreme environment like no other.
After a successful inaugural first season with Extreme E as its Founding Partner and Official Timekeeper, Zenith is getting even more involved with the world’s first electric rally championship in what’s shaping up to be a spectacular second season with more teams, new destinations and more environmental action.
To commemorate each of the 5 Extreme E races this year, Zenith is creating 5 special and highly exclusive editions of the boldly rugged DEFY Extreme 1/100th of a second chronograph inspired by each of the vastly different X Prix off-road circuits.
Completing the Extreme E experience, the DEFY Extreme E “Desert X Prix”, is delivered in a suitably sturdy waterproof and crush proof watch case inspired by the extreme conditions of the rally, incorporating various upcycled elements from the side-lines of the first season’s races. The case’s lid coating is made from E-grip recycled tires, while the plate covering is made from parts of an Extreme E racing tarpaulin.
Perfectly adapted for the world of motorsports and specifically Extreme E’s adrenaline-infused off-road courses where every gram of weight can have an impact on the Odyssey 21 car’s performance as it makes its way through wild and often unforgiving terrains, the DEFY Extreme E “Desert X Prix” edition is crafted in astonishingly light yet highly durable carbon fibre, including the crown and chronograph pushers.
Within the monolithic case, the open multi-layered dial features deep yellow-beige accents, the official colour of the “Desert X Prix” that evokes the vast sand dunes of Saudi Arabia, home to the world’s largest continuous sand desert.
Partially visible through the dial as well as the case back is the fastest automatic high-frequency chronograph calibre, offering1/100th of a second time measurements, with two escapements beating at 5Hz (36’000 VpH) for the timekeeping part and 50Hz (360’000 VpH) for the chronograph. The movement is also visible through the sapphire display back, emblazoned with the Desert X Prix logo.
The DEFY Extreme E is delivered with a rubber strap containing sustainable materials of recycled Continental CrossContact tires that were used in the first season races. Matching the Desert X sandy yellow accents on the dial, the Velcro strap features a black rubber central element surrounded by a yellow cordura effect rubber inlay.
The DEFY Extreme E “Desert X Prix” will be made in a limited edition of only 20 pieces. For more information about our Zenith watch collection, visit the nearest The Time Place boutique.