We feel privileged to announce the pending arrival of one of the most spectacular examples of creativity and skillful craftsmanship we’ve seen in a wristwatch. The Zenith watchmakers are in the process of producing what we believe will be one of their most spectacular and successful achievements to date. The Zenith Defy Classic lack Ceramic is the latest in their line of fine luxury watches. The piece has not yet been formally introduced to the world as plans have been made to exhibit the new Zenith at the Geneva Show in January of 2019. It’s an honor to have a sneak peek at this artful depiction of time. With the information we’ve been granted, we offer a closer look and inspection of the soon to be released Defy.
An inspection of the presentation with what is known
This unusual and intricate watch features a case that is crafted of ceramic materials in front and back. It’s a moderately sized 41mm in diameter with a thickness of 10.75mm. A close look at the case shows it has been given a brushed finish which from a distance gives it a matte aesthetic. The large circular bezel that sits atop the remarkably tooled dial is simple yet well-stated without the need for any other details than the polished and shiny sides and the brushed finish on the face. It adds a subtle contrast which suffices as a sophisticating touch. The pull-out crown is generously sized and appears to have an almost pagoda style with a raised top and it stands out although the same color as the case in a rich black. The case, we have little doubt has taken its inspiration from the 1970s version of the Defy, lending a slight vintage impression.
Next, we turn to the dial which gives us the impression that hours of intricate work has gone into its creation. We see an openworked dial in black and grey, which presents ample viewing of the inner workings of the movement beneath. The hands are presented in a chunky style and offset for a slight contrast in a medium grey color. The indexes are ruthenium-plated and faceted and it’s worth noting that the hands and the indexes are coated with Super-Luminova SLC C1 to give them legibility in low light situations. Back to the design of the dial. The arms creating the open-work seem to radiate from the center creating a skeletonized modern version that gives the face of the watch an off-balance sensation, which was certain was intentional.
The Zenith Defy Classic Black Ceramic is powered with a caliber Elite 670 SK automatic winding movement with 27 jewels and beating at a frequency of 4 Hz at 28,800 vph. The ideal size for inset into the remarkable skeletonized dial, the Elite caliber measures 25.6mm in diameter with a thickness of 3.8mm. The functions of the movement are hours, minutes, seconds and date, with a power reserve of 48 hours.
The glass and strap
The delicate inner workings of the Zenith Defy Classic Black Ceramic are protected with a sapphire crystal glass on both front and back with a water resistance of up to 100 meters. The clear glass allows for a lovely view of the mechanical aspects of the movement from either side. The strap is fixed to the wrist with a textured rubber strap and a DLC folding buckle style closure, also in black. Upon first glance, we get the impression that the legibility of the watch is not going to be high because of the lack of contrast within the design. The application of the grey and black does provide a sophisticated variation. It’s eye-catching, yet in a subdued manner that makes you just want to admire the crafting of the intricate designs on the case.
The Zenith Defy Classic Black Ceramic – Reference Number: 69.9000.670/78.R782
The manufacturer has been gracious enough to disclose the availability of the watch. It is scheduled to be released for sale in a time frame that ranges between March and April of 2019. A closer look at a physical example of the watch will be possible at its formal presentation at Geneva in January of 2019. The estimated price of the Zenith Defy Classic Black Ceramic will be $7,500