The future starts now
Focus on Defy Skyline and Chronomaster Open
It is distinguished by its architectural aesthetics and very modern elegance. Some say it's futuristic. Others see it as an expression of some historical memory. The new Defy Skyline collection is actually a clever fusion of all of these elements. Defy Skyline juxtaposes Zenith’s past with a future already written, proclaiming itself as a timepiece collection perfectly rooted in the times. The story begins in 1902 with the original line titled "Defi". At the time, the name was used to denote a sturdy and accurate pocket watch. In 1969, Zenith was inspired by this daring spirit with a watch called the Defy. Their distinguishing features include confident and modern aesthetics in every respect, solid construction and highly reliable performance.
Defy Skyline is like A Night Sky Reminiscent of the seemingly still night sky above the bustling city that never sleeps, Defy Skyline is dedicated to those who follow the light and forge their own path on the journey to the stars. Inspired by the octagonal geometry of late 1960s Defy models, including the famous Defy A3642, the 41mm case is sculpted from stainless steel and topped by a faceted bezel whose 12 sides now echo the hour markers. Combining urban spirit with celestial fantasy, this powerful timepiece features a sunburst finish with a perfectly aligned sculpted four-pointed star pattern. The stars are like a stamp of history, a modern reimagining of the "double Z" logo Zenith used in the 1960s.
Precise timing performance The unique alchemy of the metal dial in silver, black and blue, combined with the shimmering light from the engraved pattern, adds a subtle depth and charm that transports the wearer into another time horizon. Time flows at the ultra-precise speed of the manufacturer's El Primero 3620 self-winding movement. Designed with a similar architecture to the famous El Primero 3600 chronograph, the movement directly drives the small seconds hand accurate to a tenth of a second from the escapement, which beats at 5Hz. The seconds hand, located in the sub-dial at 9 o’clock, makes a revolution every 10 seconds, reminding the wearer of the ephemeral nature of time and the chronometer (chronometer) performance for which Zenith has always been known.
candid precision Following Zenith's technological achievements over the last century and its contribution to the advancement of mechanical chronographs, the Manufacture has never strayed from the pursuit of innovation and precision. There was a time when movements, no matter how powerful, were carefully hidden behind the scenes of cases. The democratization of the sapphire caseback, which offers a bird's-eye view of the back of the mechanical movement, changed that. In 2003, Zenith further showcased its legendary El Primero movement by opening part of the dial of the first Chronomaster Open watch. The model was an immediate success, praised for its efficiency and bold design. For the first time in the history of watchmaking, a chronograph has a partially open dial, the sole purpose of which is to reveal the regulating and escapement of its movement. On the eve of its 20th anniversary, the Chronomaster Open makes a comeback with a version powered by the El Primero 3600 movement and a tenth of a second chronograph.
Transparency Rules At the intersection of the sporty elegance of the Chronomaster Open and the historical inspiration of the Chronomaster Original, it is a modern distillation of the essence of the Zenith El Primero chronograph. Revisiting the tri-colour dial configuration that debuted with the iconic A386 in 1969, and maintaining the distinctive and instantly recognisable El Primero design element, the latest variant of the Chronomaster Open retains that aesthetic with added transparency. Instead of the complete removal of the small seconds counter at 9 o’clock as in previous versions, the three colours of the counter are retained, thanks to a clear sub-dial while offering a silicon star’s view-shaped escape wheel. The aperture itself is also reinterpreted,
timeless elegance Chronomaster Open is as modern in form as it is in function. While the previous version had a diameter of 42 mm, the round stainless steel case is now more modestly proportioned. 39.5mm wide, refined lugs and more pronounced polished bevels on the edges, pump pushers with rounded tips: in short, this model continues to flaunt its timeless elegance, suitable for all types of wrists, be it Male or female. With the dial partially open, Zenith naturally provides an unobstructed view of the back of the movement through the sapphire caseback. The Calibre 3604 features skeletonized bridges and bridges for better viewing of the high-frequency 5Hz escapement and silicon escape wheel without the need for lubricants. Also out of a desire for fame,