The Defy El Primero 21 Chronograph appeared finally year’s Baselworld show and got a considerable amount of attention. It’s the most recent in Zenith’s long queue of high-recurrence chronographs, and adds a focal chronograph hand that turns once each second to give you a readout to the nearest 1/100th of a second around the dial’s edge. Controlling this is a couple of fast escapements, one for the principle timekeeping function and one for the chronograph (you’ve even got a force hold marker at 12 o’clock explicit to the chronograph function). In fact, this is identical to a year ago’s deliveries, however for certain esthetic updates. The brushed titanium case is combined with an exemplary panda dial rather than one of the profoundly openworked dials we’ve seen already. In general, it’s a somewhat more exemplary interpretation of an altogether current watch.
Why This Watch Matters
Zenith has a genuine family with regards to making high-recurrence chronographs. This obviously extends back to 1969 with the introduction of the first El Primero, and keeping in mind that there have been many different innovations en route, the new Defy collection demonstrates that the producer is still utilizing its plan and designing muscles to push chronograph innovation forward. For the individuals who may have discovered the prior editions of this watch excessively science fiction looking, this new form offers them an approach to encounter the development in a more congenial way.
I need to say, the first time you activate the Defy development and that focal hand begins humming around the dial, it’s absolutely captivating. Additionally, Zenith has made a pleasant showing with the ergonomics of this watch, particularly when the rakish 44mm titanium case is combined with the coordinating titanium wristband. Certainly, it’s a major watch (there’s no getting around that), yet it’s one that sits pleasantly on the wrist. Panda dials are hot at the present time – and Zenith unmistakably definitely knows this – so this addition to the collection makes wonderful sense.
Model: Defy El Primero 21
Reference Number: 95.9001.9004/01.M9000 (titanium wristband), 95.9001.9004/01.R782 (elastic strap)
Case Material: Titanium
Dial Color: Silver sunray with dark sub-dials
Indexes: Applied rhodium-plated batons
Lume: Yes, on all fours
Water Resistance: 100 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Titanium arm band or elastic strap
Caliber: El Primero 9004
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, fast chronograph with 1/100th of a second, 60-second, and 30-minute aggregators, and chronograph power save indicator
Power Reserve: 50 hours
Frequency: 5 Hz (36,000 vph)
Total Components: 293
Additional Details: The primary timekeeping function and chronograph has two separate escapements
Chronometer certified by Time LAB
Estimating & Availability
Price: $10,200 with an elastic lash; $11,200 with titanium bracelet
Availability: By February
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Many perusers have noticed that the pre-production model appeared here has the Zenith logo on both the dial and the gem. HODINKEE’s affirmed with Zenith that the last production watch will have a plain precious stone – no Zenith logo. – Ed.