Introducing The Zenith Defy 21 Ultraviolet
What we have here is a beautiful new form of the Defy 21, a super-high-recurrence chronograph from Zenith, a company with profound recorded information about making chronos tuned to beat quick. Taking a gander at the lash, and afterward somewhat more intently at the dial and movement, one sees that the shading violet has been combined with a faceted, matte titanium case.
The violet shade of the dial is really on the movement, and on top of that movement has been set what adds up to a fractional dial – truly the rib and seconds/minutes track, some hour markers, and the three strong subdials. Is the shading somewhat uproarious? Sure. However, it’s not boast. The name of this watch alludes to the recurrence of light past human insight, fitting for a particularly high-recurrence chronograph mechanism.
The Defy 21 is the most noteworthy recurrence chronograph in normal production today, equipped for timing occasions to inside 1/100th of a second. This is accomplished using two escapements: There’s one for the watch, which beats at 36,000 vph, and there’s additionally one for the chronograph, which beats multiple times as quick, at 360,000 vph. The watch has a large part of the design of the first El Primero while adding a subsequent stuff train for the chronograph. And when you start that chronograph, all things considered, the focal seconds hand whips around the dial once each second. It’s pretty wild to observe it running.
Though this violet-clad execution is new, the Defy 21 chronograph is certifiably not another watch per se. It was dispatched back in 2017 with contribution from Guy Semon, a previous scientific genius (genuinely) whose commitments to the advanced mechanical chronograph in this youthful century are likely unrivaled. Semon’s arrangement of high-recurrence chronographs made at TAG Heuer began coming out about 10 years back, setting the bar for what should be possible in this field in the cutting edge time. Recollect the Microgirder with its “straight oscillator?”
Zenith is perhaps the main contemporary watchmakers with an emphasis on chronographs. I believe that much is guaranteed. The El Primero may have dispatched over 50 years prior (51 to be exact), but the number of types of any sort would you be able to think about that have been with us for such a long time, stayed applicable, and kept on fueling compelling and profoundly alluring watches?
I’m an enthusiast of Zenith’s present approach. The company isn’t reluctant to move in two distinct ways all the while. What I mean is that the present Zenith is equipped for dropping watches like the Chronomaster Revival Manufacture Edition and Chronomaster Revival ‘Shadow,’ which offer very in-the-weeds takes on prototypes from 50 or so years prior – genuine catnip for stalwart lovers and those acquainted with Zenith’s set of experiences. Yet, they likewise make watches like the Defy 21 Ultraviolet, which has a completely extraordinary, and I would contend considerably more contemporary, stylish and appears to be plainly focused on an alternate authority. One gets the feeling that Zenith will not quit thinking back to its documents for motivation – there’s simply an excess of good stuff there – yet it likewise means for those chronicles to keep on filling in inventive new directions.
Model: Defy 21 Ultraviolet
Reference Number: 97.9001.9004/80.R922
Case Material: Titanium with sandblasted finish
Dial Color: Gray chronograph subdials and openings onto violet-completed movement
Indexes: Rhodium-plated, faceted, and covered with Super-LumiNova SLN C1
Lume: Super-LumiNova SLN C1
Water Resistance: 10 ATM
Strap/Bracelet: Black elastic lash with violet texture impact embed, microblasted titanium twofold collapsing clasp.
Caliber: El Primero 9004 programmed with Ultraviolet finishing
Functions: Hours, minutes, little seconds, 1/100 second chronograph with chronograph power-save show at 12 o’clock, focal chronograph hand, 30-minute counter at three o’clock, 60-second counter at six o’clock
Power Reserve: Approximately 50 hours
Frequency: 36,000 vph (5 Hz) for watch; 360,000 vph (50 Hz) for chronograph
Chronometer Certified: Yes, by TIME LAB
Pricing & Availability
Availability: August 2020
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