Zenith offers a new version of its Defy 21 in a brilliant yet restrained violet-colored strap with a unique addition of the color on a part of the exposed movement that ties the theme neatly together. This is no average chronograph wristwatch. The Zenith Defy 21 Ultraviolet is an exquisite iteration in the line that brings us into a new generation in watchmaking with innovative tooling of the movement to cause the watch to beat at an exceptionally high frequency. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about the Zenith Defy 21 that delivers a closer look at the masterpiece.
1. The Zenith Defy 21 Ultraviolet is for a new audience of collectors
Zenith is taking a different approach with the Defy 21 Ultraviolet. The target audience is the group of collectors looking for pieces that are inspired by prominent pieces from the past with a contemporary aesthetic and enhancements that promote an evolution towards the future of watchmaking. Infused with DNA from its predecessors and highlighting advancements in technology and creative design. Zenith is reaching into its past to define its future with the Defy 21 Ultraviolet.
2. The case features important aesthetic details
An examination of the Defy 21 Ultraviolet begins with the case. It is made of titanium material and measures 44 mm in diameter. The finish is bead-blasted to give the watch a sense of texture that works well with its stacked appearance and the gray finish gives it additional depth.
3. The uniqueness of the dial is noteworthy
The dial sets the tone with an open format that allows portions of the violet-colored movement beneath to peek out from beneath the displays that provide views of the functions. It is adorned with grey chronograph subdials. The openings that reveal the movement show the thought that has gone into the design of this feature.
4. The legibility is excellent
The Indexes of the Defy 21 Ultraviolet are displayed in white coloring that shows up nicely against the darker colors of the other components of the dial. They are faceted and plated with rhodium. A coating of Super-LumiNova ALN C1 gives them a high level of legibility in low light environments to create a wristwatch that is easy to read in any type of light.
5. Innovations combine an exhibition case back and water-resistance
One would not think that the use of a sapphire crystal display case back would be the solution for creating water-resistance, however, Zenith has worked through the potential issues to create a lovely exhibition case back that displays the beauty of the ultraviolet colored movement beneath. Special care for shoring the movement and securing it firmly in place with a firm seal in a timepiece that is water-resistant up to 100 meters is the result. It’s almost like having your cake and eating it too.
6. The Zenith Defy 21 Ultraviolet marks a first for the brand
This is the first time in the history of Zenith that a regular production of the model has been treated with full chronograph subdials and a skeleton dial. The legibility is enhanced by the slight recessing of the three subdials and the outer ring was designed with a slope that adds to the sense of depth to break up the multiple layers of the dial to prevent visual exhaustion.
7. The Zenith 21 Defy Ultraviolet has an in-house movement with 2 escapements
The movement for the 21 Defy Ultraviolet is not a new one, but it is an automatic in-house power source with 53 jewels. It is an El Primero 9004 automatic chronograph type that has been designed with finishing in ultraviolet coloring. One of the most impressive features of the movement is the fact that it beats at a 36,000 bph with a frequency of 360,000 bph vibration from the second dedicated escapement for the chronograph.
8. The Defy 21 Ultraviolet is a true chronograph
The functions of the movement for the Defy 21 Ultraviolet includes hours, minutes, and small seconds. Other functions include a 60-second chronograph, a 30-minute chronograph function, a 1/100 second display, and a linear power reserve indicator of approximately 50 hours. The star-shaped rotor is anodized in a deep purple color. The chronometer is certified by Time Lab.
9. The strap is also a focal point
The unique strap is made of black rubber with a violet-colored fabric-effect insert. This ties in the ultraviolet color scheme with a bit of vibrance that is not overstated. It works well with the grey coloring of the case and elements of the subdial for an overall theme of color and neutrality that gives the watch an air of sophistication with a splash of color. The closure that affixes the watch to the wrist securely is a double folding clasp made of titanium material with a micro-blasted finish. Every small detail of the strap has been considered to achieve a harmonious blending of each element.
10. The Zenith Defy 21 Ultraviolet is on its way
The next logical question then, is when will the Defy 21 Ultraviolet be available for sale to the public? Although there have been a few serious delays in 2020, the production of this interesting new variant in the Defy 21 line has proceeded. The manufacturer has scheduled the release of the Defy 21 Ultraviolet for August of 2020. It will be offered at a price of $13,100. This will be a watch that draws from perhaps a different group than previous iterations. It will emerge as a collectible piece upon its availability with unique and innovative features that draw a crowd of contemporary collectors who are looking for a new approach to chronograph watchmaking design. From a historical perspective, the elements of the movement are nothing new, but the approach to the overall design is a first for the brand and this is noteworthy in the book of any collector who gathers the details that make a timepiece unique. The Zenith Defy 21 Ultraviolet is one of those watches that have a high potential for increasing in value through the passage of time.