Zenith Introduces A Bold New Chronograph For 2023

Lindsay Judge   |   10-01-2023

As the Master of Chronographs, ZENITH presents its most advanced and complicated chronograph movement to date. Two new additions to the DEFY Extreme line feature this exceptional 1/100th-of-a-second high-frequency chronograph movement.


The DEFY Extreme Double Tourbillon is a true advancement of high-precision chronographs that builds on over 50 years of innovation and improvement of the high-frequency automatic chronograph that began with the El Primero.


Constructed like no other chronograph movement, it is equipped with two independent tourbillons completing rotations in 60 seconds for the time-keeping tourbillon and 5 seconds for the chronograph’s tourbillon, making it among the fastest tourbillons ever made, as well as the only 1/100th of a second chronograph, beating at the phenomenal rate of 360’000 VpH.



The new DEFY Extreme Double Tourbillon’s angular and robust case measures 45mm wide and is available in two executions. The first is crafted entirely in titanium with a mix of satin-brushed, polished and matte surfaces including the bracelet, while the second is done in carbon fibre with sandblasted matte rose gold twelve-sided bezel and pusher protectors on a black textured rubber strap. Its open dial, with applied chronograph counters and tinted transparent sapphire elements, allows for an unobstructed view of the groundbreaking movement and its two tourbillon mechanisms with star-shaped cages.



The watch features an ultra-modern design with a heavily contrasting look that emphasizes its futuristic nature. First, the movement’s open and satin-brushed bridges are coated in a layer of black PVD. Then, the edges of those bridges are highlighted in rose gold colour, revealing the geometric forms of the bridges in a true departure from traditional watchmaking decoration techniques.



The DEFY Extreme Double Tourbillon will be available from physical and online Zenith boutiques, as well as official retailers around the world.