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Zenith wel­comes this sum­mer with a range of on-trend blue mod­els.

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ZENITH WEL­COMES THIS SUM­MER WITH A RANGE OF ONTREND BLUE MOD­ELS. AD­VEN­TUR­ERS WITH A THIRST FOR BOARD HORI­ZONS CAN PRE­PARE TO TAKE OFF WITH RUN­AWAY STYLE WEAR­ING THE DEFY EL PRIMERO 21 BLUE OR THE PI­LOT TYPE 20 EX­TRA SPE­CIAL CHRONOGRAPH

Since 1865, Zenith has been guided by au­then­tic­ity, dar­ing and pas­sion in push­ing the bound­aries of ex­cel­lence, pre­ci­sion and innovation. Soon af­ter its found­ing in Le Lo­cle by vi­sion­ary watchmaker Georges Favre-Ja­cot, Zenith gained recog­ni­tion for the pre­ci­sion of its chronome­ters, with which it has won 2,333 chronom­e­try prizes in just over a cen­tury and a half of ex­is­tence: an ab­so­lute record.

Af­ter the fun­da­men­tal con­tri­bu­tion to the chronograph his­tory with the high fre­quency (5 Hz or 36,000 vibrations per hour) El Primero launched in 1969, Zenith made a gi­ant leap with a new cal­i­bre beat­ing at the ul­tra-high fre­quency of 50 Hz (360,000 vibrations per hour), ten times faster and more ac­cu­rate than its pre­de­ces­sor.

This in-house made El Primero 9004 au­to­matic move­ment is equipped with its own patented bal­ance-springs made of Car­bon-Ma­trix Car­bon Nan­otube com­pos­ite. The ex­cep­tional phys­i­cal and me­chan­i­cal prop­er­ties of this bal­ance-springs with its graphene ma­trix ren­der it in­sen­si­tive to tem­per­a­ture and the in­flu­ence of mag­netic fields, well be­yond the known 15,000 Gauss stan­dard, thereby guar­an­tee­ing peer­less pre­ci­sion in all con­di­tions of use.

Per­formed via a crown with two po­si­tions (for wind­ing and time-set­ting), man­ual wind­ing works in both di­rec­tions: clock­wise for the chronograph, coun­ter­clock­wise for the watch. 25 turns of the crown are enough to ob­tain a 100% charge of the chronograph bar­rel. A star-shaped open worked oscillating weight han­dles one-way au­to­matic wind­ing of the watch func­tion. Framed by a 44 mm case avail­able in var­i­ous ma­te­ri­als, the closed or open worked dial of the Defy El Primero 21 fea­tures an in­ner bezel bear­ing a scale grad­u­ated from 1 to 100 around which a 1/100th of a sec­ond hand sweeps at light­ning speed of one turn per sec­ond.

What makes the Defy El Primero 21 so in­no­va­tive (and al­lur­ing) is the tech­nol­ogy is in­te­gral to the fu­tur­is­tic look of the watch. Take for ex­am­ple the Defy El Primero 21 Blue with a ti­ta­nium strap. The cut­away dial has a crisp, in­dus­trial de­sign which show­cases the fact that the watch chronograph es­cape­ment is wholly sep­a­rate from the time­keep­ing one.

This mar­vel­lous mech­a­nism is housed in a 44 mm case made of grade 5 ti­ta­nium and has three, high-tech strap op­tions: black rub­ber bonded with blue al­li­ga­tor leather; blue rub­ber; or ul­tra­light ti­ta­nium. Th­ese bracelets are all out­fit­ted with a ti­ta­nium dou­ble fold­ing clasp.

Another great ad­di­tion to the Zenith Pi­lot Type 20 Chronograph Ex­tra Spe­cial mod­els is the new blue dial ver­sion cased in bronze. Fea­tur­ing a navy-blue matte dial, the Zenith Pi­lot Type 20 Chronograph Ex­tra Spe­cial Bronze Blue Dial is equipped with a dark blue oily nubuck strap with a ti­ta­nium pin buckle - the rugged and distressed look of the strap ac­cen­tu­ates the vin­tage-in­spired nature of this watch.

Made of pati­nated bronze, the case has been chem­i­cally treated to pre­vent fur­ther patina on it. Pow­ered by the leg­endary au­to­matic El Primero 4069 chronograph cal­i­bre, the dial main­tains a bi-com­plex lay­out with a 30-minute chronograph reg­is­ter at 3 o’clock and run­ning sec­onds at 9 o’clock. A clean, easy-to-read de­sign that is fur­ther com­ple­mented by Ara­bic nu­mer­als in lu­mi­nes­cent ma­te­rial as well as the word ‘Pi­lot’ in yel­low. The gold-plated hands are satin-brushed fin­ished match­ing the warm bronze hue of the case.

The case is equipped with the tra­di­tional pi­lot’s watch at­tributes with large welded lugs and a broad onion-shaped screw-down crown that takes on a vin­tage char­ac­ter. Topped by a domed sap­phire crys­tal, the nu­mer­als stand out clearly against the dial back­ground. The dial has dif­fer­ent hues de­pend­ing on light­ing con­di­tions rang­ing from al­most black to a true navy blue. To make things more vin­tage look­ing, the Zenith Pi­lot Type 20 Chronograph Ex­tra Spe­cial Bronze Blue Dial is equipped with a dark blue oily nubuck strap with a ti­ta­nium pin buckle. The rugged and distressed look of the strap ac­cen­tu­ates the vin­tage-in­spired nature of this watch.

The move­ment is pro­tected by a solid ti­ta­nium case back en­graved with the Zenith fly­ing in­stru­ments logo, and the watch is wa­ter re­sis­tant to 100 me­ters.

“Af­ter the fun­da­men­tal con­tri­bu­tion to the chronograph his­tory with the high fre­quency El Primero launched in 1969, Zenith made a gi­ant leap with a new cal­i­bre beat­ing at the ul­tra-high fre­quency of 50 Hz, ten times faster and more ac­cu­rate than its pre­de­ces­sor.”

Zenith Defy El Primero 21 Blue

What makes the Defy El Primero 21 so in­no­va­tive (and al­lur­ing) is that the tech­nol­ogy is in­te­gral to the fu­tur­is­tic look of the watch

This new-gen­er­a­tion two-bar­relled El Primero au­to­matic move­ment drives the cen­tral hour and minute func­tions, the sub­sidiary sec­ond counter at 9 o’clock.

The move­ment is pro­tected by a solid ti­ta­nium case back en­graved with the Zenith fly­ing in­stru­ments logo

The Zenith Pi­lot Type 20 Chronograph Ex­tra Spe­cial Bronze Blue Dial is equipped with a dark blue oily nubuck strap with a ti­ta­nium pin buckle

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