To recall this release we need to go all the way back to the turn of the century, when Zenith first introduced the “Defi” name in 1902, as one of its pocket watch collections. Later on in 1969 they changed the name to “Defy” and adapted it to a series of wristwatches. Now for 2022 this model line has expanded into a new variant dubbed “Zenith Defy Skyline” with a vintage inspired star-studded dial.The 41mm case is made of stainless-steel with a vertically brushed surface and sides finish. Mounted to the case is a multi-faceted dodecagonal shaped bezel with 12 sides, unlike the first Defy models which were designed with 14 sides. This bezel also continues the vertical brushed look of the case, but adds some contrast with polished accents.On the flip-side is a sapphire exhibition caseback that allows a view into the mechanical movement. In full display is a steel rotor in the form of a large Zenith star. This portion of the case is secured by four visible hex-headed screws.It comes equipped with a knurled screw-down crown emblazoned by the Zenith’s iconic star emblem. The contours of this watch have a very modern and compact look to them, as it all flows down towards its stout lugs. All topped by a flat sapphire crystal that gives this watch more of a block form. Water-resistance can reach up to 100 meters (330 feet).Time is exhibited on a black, blue, or silver dial with rhodium-applied hour index markers, followed by a sloped flange with a printed minute ring. All these dials have a sunray-pattern, but what really catches the eye is the brand new star motif.This grid of four-pointed stars can be traced back to an old Zenith logo. It is a modern reinterpretation of the Zenith “double Z” logo, circa 1960’s. Either way something about this star-studded pattern seems to always entice us to give it another glance.There is a small counter that only features the numeral “10”, which has a hand constantly running at 1/10th of a second, in steady jumps of fixed increments. It is capable of completing one full revolution every 10 seconds, thanks to the caliber movement power at 36,000 vph.The central rhodium-plated hands at first glance seem like the typical Zenith style, but they have been given a chiseled, handle-like base. These hands and the hour index markers have all been fitted with a green luminescent filling, for an enhanced legibility. There is also a date window at the 3 o’clock position.
Zenith Defy Skyline
The “Zenith Defy Skyline” (References below) is powered by the new in-house self-winding mechanical movement, caliber El Primero 3620 with 26 jewels and 36,000 vph. This is basically the non-chronograph version of the El Primero 3600 and features a silicon escape wheel and lever. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 60 hours, when fully wound.Mounted to the watch is a stainless-steel bracelet, secured by a steel deployant clasp. Each model includes an additional rubber strap in black, blue, or khaki green (for the white dialed option) with a studded pattern similar to the dial design, also secured by a steel folding clasp.The bracelet has been equipped with a quick-change system that allows you to swiftly swap it out by only pushing two buttons. For more up to date information visit the official Zenith website here.
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