Focus: Zenith

Defy El Primero 21 Brushed Titanium

CASE : brushed titanium, domed sapphire crystal, sapphire caseback, water-resistant to 100m


MOVEMENT : mechanical self-winding (Caliber El Primero 9004, 50h power reserve), 293 components, rotor with circular satin-brushed motif

FUNCTIONS : two-counter chronograph (30-minute at 3 o’clock and 60-second at 6 o’clock), hours, minutes, small seconds (9 o’clock), powerreserve display

DIAL : openworked, faceted ruthenium hands and hour-markers enhanced with Super-LumiNova®

STRAP/BRACELET : rubber strap or titanium bracelet, titanium double folding clasp

Titanium and hundredths of a second

Almost half a century after its launch, the famous El Primero movement developed by Zenith and distinguished by its tenth-of-a-second precision took a quantum leap last year. Years of full-on R&D have enabled the Manufacture (which has passed the 150-year mark) to transform its iconic caliber, while also offering it in a whole new collection. The self-winding El Primero Caliber 9004 powering the Defy El Primero 21 model – available since this summer in brushed titanium – offers hundredth of a second accuracy. Immediately identifiable by a look far more modern than previous generations of Zenith chronographs, the Defy El Primero 21 (standing for 21st century) proudly and effectively displays its accuracy via a seconds hand rotating in one second around the inner bezel ring graduated from 1 to 100. The complexity of the openworked dial and its ruthenium hour-markers reinforce the sophisticated appearance of this chronometer- certified distillation of innovation, notably featuring a chronograph escapement oscillating at the rate of 360,000 vibrations per hour. A model clearly destined for fans of top-rate performance.

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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