Thi year, Zenith revisits the DEFY line with the new DEFY 21 Spectrum series.
Zenith DEFY 21 Spectrum
This colourful offering continues to express the theme of high-frequency chronometry through light and bejewelled colours. This bold and bright selection of watches incorporates striking colours throughout, from the coloured chronograph movements achieved through innovative pigmentation processes to the natural brilliance and hue of precious stones. These watches feature Zenith’s El Primero 21 movement, the fastest chronograph in production and the only one to accurately and legibly measure and display 1/100th of a second time measurements.
The choice of colours was based on the hues produced by the different wavelengths of visible light. The collection consists of five models in a 44mm stainless steel case, embellished with 288 brilliant-cut white diamonds. Each version features a bezel set with 44 baguette-cut precious stones with matching coloured movements and rubber straps: green tsavorites for the green edition, orange sapphires for the orange edition, blue sapphires for the blue edition, amethyst for the purple edition, and black spinels for the black edition. Each of the DEFY 21 Spectrum watches is limited to 10 pieces and are available exclusively at Zenith boutiques around the world.
Zenith has also created Zenith Icons. A project that will give a second life to some of the brand’s most emblematic and sought-after vintage references. This new concept offers the possibility of acquiring a selection of vintage Zenith watches that are restored and certified by the Zenith Manufacture and sold exclusively at the brand’s boutiques. The Manufacture tracks down the most well-preserved watches from Zenith’s history and works with the Heritage department to trace the origins of the watches to ensure that all parts are genuine and coherent.
Once the Heritage Department approves a watch, the Manufacture purchases it and hands it to the Heritage team who conduct further inspections on it. After the watch has been approved by the Heritage department, it enters the restoration phase. The objective is to preserve its original condition and respect its patrimony, retaining as many of the original parts and materials as possible.
The final step involves issuing a passport that ensures the traceability of the watch for the rest of its life. Given the rarity of these historical references and the amount of time for research and restoration work required, Zenith ICONS is a highly exclusive collection of curated timepieces that are available at Zenith boutiques around the world. The first collection which will be available exclusively at the Zenith boutique in Shanghai will focus on some of the earliest and most iconic El Primero references from 1969 to 1972.