Zenith Builds Out the Defy Collection

 Last year was a big one for Zenith. It saw the unveiling of both the Defy El Primero 21 and the Defy Lab. The latter made headlines across the horological blogosphere and beyond thanks to a new monocrystalline silicon oscillator that was designed as a compliant mechanism and offered almost 10 times higher accuracy. At Baselworld 2018, the brand continues building out the Defy series with two separate lines of watches: the Defy Classic, which helps standardize and normalize the extreme look the El Primero 21 and Lab started with, and the Zero-G, which continues the brand’s focus on innovation.

The Zenith Defy Classic is a three-handed watch with date, hence the “Classic” name. It’s sized at 41 mm and has a titanium case. There are two different versions. One with a skeletonized dial, á la last year’s iterations, and one with a sunburst blue closed dial. Either model comes with the choice of an integrated metal bracelet,  rubber strap coated with alligator leather, or a uni-structure rubber strap. Inside the watch is the Zenith Manufacture Elite 670 base caliber that has been modified with a silicon pallet lever and escape wheel. It has a 50-hour power reserve. The skeletonized version features a blackened version of the movement with a cut-out date disc at 6 o’clock.
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