Zenith: Defying the Boundaries

by Pressroom

Navigate the urban jungle with speed and precision.

The Defy 21 Urban Jungle houses Zenith’s fastest chronograph in green ceramic for the first time, and is at once subtle yet outstanding, thanks to its matte finish and sleek details.

The skeletonized dial is an enthralling display of the El Primero 9004 movement – the highest-frequency chronograph in production today. The white chronograph second hand with its Zenith star counterbalance races across the dial once per second, and can record elapsed times to the 1/100th of a second. An extraordinary movement that pushes the limits of high-frequency precision, it has two escapements (one for the watch, and the other for the chronograph) run smoothly by two barrels providing a power reserve of approximately 50 hours when the chronograph isn’t engaged.

The attention to harmony in design is apparent; the khaki green mainplate and star-shaped oscillating rotor match the case, while the matte finish extends to the two open sub-dials – a silver 30-minute register and a black 60-seconds register). The fascinatingly complex dial doesn’t distract from telling the time either, with rhodium-plated, faceted hour markers, and the three central hands treated with Super-LumiNova. A microblasted titanium double-folding clasp on a black rubber strap with a green cordura-effect rubber insert completes the look.

The chronometer-certified Defy 21 Urban Jungle continues Zenith’s quest to set new standards in marrying precision with futuristic design as part of the Swiss watchmaker’s current Defy collection launched in 2017 and inspired by founder Georges Favre-Jacot’s renowned, robust pocket watches made in the late 1800s with the French word défi (which means “challenge” in English) written on the dial. The DEFY collection, as Romain Marietta, Head of Product at Zenith aptly put it, “…is Zenith’s laboratory, a platform for our wildest visions of watchmaking… This is where we innovate the most.”

Images courtesy of Zenith, artwork by Curatedition. All rights reserved.

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