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Zenith at LVMH Watch Week 2022 – Part 2

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This January Zenith introduced the DEFY Revival A3642, a modern reinterpretation of the earliest DEFY model. As a next step Zenith is unveiling some of its latest creations at LVMH Digital Watch Week 2022 – here you can find a few novelties and in this article we cover two other new timepieces. 

While with the new DEFY Skyline Zenith clearly offers a companion for everyday life, the two other latest releases prefer more exciting circumstances. 

DEFY Extreme Carbon

The DEFY Extreme bears the signature design codes of the DEFY line. Although those pieces are pretty edgy anyway – the Extreme watch ‘represents a supercharged Defy’. The DEFY Extreme has already accompanied drivers throughout the harsh elements of the first season of EXTREME E – a fairly new off-road electric racing championship (learn more about it here).

As the Official Timekeeper and Founding Partner of Extreme E, Zenith now launched a new Extreme watch with an open multi-layered dial, which features a mix of racy colours inspired by the EXTREME E’s ‘X Prix’ colour schemes adapted for each race. 

The 2022 season of the radical, new concept of electric racing – which draws attention to the most remote corners of the planet impacted by climate change – will kick off with Saudi Arabia in February. Five rounds of the EXTREME E have been announced for 2022, with the championship set to visit South America for the first time. 

The 1/100th of a second chronograph scale features bright yellow markers, while the tinted sapphire crystal dial’s chronograph counters are in bright blue, green and white, with matching-coloured small hands. The DEFY Extreme is powered by the El Primero 9004 calibre – 1/100th of a second automatic chronograph with two regular Swiss lever oscillators, one at 5Hz for the time and a separate unit at 50Hz for the chronograph. The latter can measure elapsed time for 50 minutes fully wound. You can see the chronograph power-reserve indicator at 12 o’clock, while the 30-minute and 60-minute counters are at 3 and 6 o’clock, respectively. 

The DEFY Extreme has a 45mm case made of highly durable layered carbon fibre, sharp lines, more pronounced edges with a twelve-sided ring placed under the bezel. The watch is designed to be a robust, rigid but cool ‘all-terrain’ chronograph with a water-resistance of 200 metres. 

It features the quick strap-change mechanism (like the new DEFY Skyline and Midnight models too) – with the new model you have a black textured rubber strap with a microblasted titanium folding buckle, a red textured rubber strap and a black Velcro strap with a carbon fibre buckle.

DEFY 21 Chroma – boutique edition

The DEFY 21 has already seen some funky versions, like the DEFY 21 Felipe Pantone (in collaboration with the Argentinian-Spanish contemporary artist; limited to 100 pieces) or the DEFY 21 Ultraviolet or Ultrablue with striking violet and blue details. 

Another limited edition faced the sun in Geneva – a real ‘waiting for the sunny and warm weather’ timepiece, the DEFY 21 Chroma. The novelty has a 44mm white ceramic case with a matte finish. The rainbow-coloured movement – the high-frequency El Primero 21 caliber – visible through the open dial set with markers in a gradient of tones. The rainbow starts with red at 12 o’clock then shifts through orange, yellow, green, blue, violet and pink in a clockwise manner.

Each bridge is finished in a different metallic colour, again following the gradient of the dial’s markers. The crown’s rubber grip ring is yellow-while the white rubber strap also features rainbow stitching. 

The DEFY 21 Chroma is a limited edition of 200 pieces. 

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