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Zenith’s Defy 21 in vivid violet
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Zenith’s Defy 21 in vivid violet

Wednesday, 21 October 2020
By The FHH Journal editors
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Zenith has paired violet, a high-energy colour, with the highest-frequency chronograph in regular production: the Defy 21.

In past centuries, violet was coveted as the most sought-after colour dye for garments, the production of which was a closely held secret by certain civilizations such as the Phoenicians. Its rarity and compelling beauty made it the stuff of royalty. Today, violet tones portray a sense of daring, confidence and whimsy, from sports cars to bespoke tailoring. Yet in the world of watchmaking, violet remains a rarity.

Defy 21 Ultraviolet © Zenith
Defy 21 Ultraviolet © Zenith

A world-first in watchmaking, Zenith has treated an automatic chronograph movement in the regal, opulent tones of violet. Not just any chronograph, Zenith chose its revolutionary 1/100thof a second El Primero 21 chronograph calibre beating at an incredible frequency of 50Hz as the canvas for this visually and mechanically striking creation.

El Primero 21 chronograph caliber © Zenith
El Primero 21 chronograph caliber © Zenith

Visible through the open dial, which features three grey chronograph registers and a grey flange ring, the vibrant violet movement is accentuated by the Defy 21’s uniquely movement conception and design with open, angular bridges. A white-tipped central 1/100th of a second chronograph hand makes a complete revolution above the dial in one second. The Defy 21 Ultraviolet is the first stand-alone Defy 21 with an open dial paired with closed chronograph counters.

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