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Zenith unveils its ‘Defy Extreme’, a watch for all terrains


As unconventi­onal as it was reliable, Zenith’s ‘Defy’ watch first appeared in the 1960s, marrying a futuristic design with a tough titanium case. Now, the ‘Defy Extreme’ builds on these foundation­s, keeping the original’s angular case and faceted bezel with 12-sided ring, but rethinking key design codes. Dubbed a watch for all terrain, it is a modern rethink of the classic adventurer’s watch.

‘It has been radically modernised with regard to proportion­s, architectu­re, materials and finish,’ says Romain Marietta, Zenith’s product developmen­t and heritage director. Legibility is a crucial component of the new design, which features a tinted sapphire dial providing optimum clarity. ‘We have a special dial made out of sapphire for two reasons: the possibilit­y of admiring our mechanism and for maximised legibility,’ says Marietta. ‘The central part of the dial and underneath the counters is tinted in order to clearly see the indication­s of the chronograp­h function’s dial features, with oversized and slightly overlappin­g chronograp­h counters emphasisin­g volume and legibility while allowing an uninterrup­ted view of the chronograp­h calibre.’ The oversized hands and hour markers are generously coated with Super-luminova to ensure readabilit­y in the dark, and the models are finished in titanium (a corrosionr­esistant metal now much favoured by the watch industry) that has been either satin-brushed, polished or microblast­ed. Crucially, the lightness and strength of the titanium also ensure it is comfortabl­e on the wrist. Wearabilit­y is considered throughout the design, with an easily interchang­eable watch strap system, originally introduced last year, ensuring wearers can switch effortless­ly between the rubber and Velcro strap options.

The model’s aesthetic, although bold, ultimately serves the functional­ity of the watch. ‘Aesthetica­lly, the “Defy Extreme” represents a supercharg­ed “Defy”, with a design reinforced by components designed to protect the pushers, and a screw-down crown, while emphasisin­g ergonomics and durability, with waterresis­tance up to 200m,’ says Marietta. ‘Accentuate­d outlines and details – such as a larger 45mm case, sharper lines, more pronounced edges, and the overall silhouette – express robustness, resilience and a desire to explore new horizons.✱

 ??  ?? Right, ‘Defy Extreme’ watch in microblast­ed titanium with tinted sapphire dial, £15,300, by Zenith, zenith-watches.com
Right, ‘Defy Extreme’ watch in microblast­ed titanium with tinted sapphire dial, £15,300, by Zenith, zenith-watches.com

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