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The world is changing, and so is Zenith! The Manufacture is now launching a collection of sport-chic watches – Defy – and has thus reconnected with its recent past of excellence and records in chronometry. An unusual design, an avant-garde technology, a unique style, an outstanding performance... truly a revolution in both aesthetic and mechanical design. Power, virility, modernity, he who wears it has a racy lifestyle.

Defy Xtreme

Citius, Altius, Fortius

The Watch Quote™ - April 3rd, 2006



Citius – Faster…


Designed like a racing car, the new DEFY makes a powerful statement with its muscle-bound chassis, its racy profile, and athletic build. On the wrist it is impressive and compelling, thanks also to the different watch diameters, which vary according to the movement: 46.5 mm for the El Primero chronograph or 43 mm for the Elite series. Everything is geared to making the watch stand out and be different: from the decorative screw heads in the rotating bezel, to the articulated stainless steel bracelet. It is to watchmaking what the Formula 1 is to the automobile industry: focused high-tech at the service of pure emotion.

Altius – Higher…


A combination of innovative materials equips these timepieces with a movement and a case body intended for use under extremeconditions: unbreakable, able to withstand high temperatures and pressure. They are the product of three years of R & D into the associated physical and chemical properties of these materials. The result is Zenithium, an exclusive ultralight, ultraresistant alloy, from which bridges of the movements are made.

Fortius – Stronger…


The DEFY CLASSIC collection is already amazing. Its virile silhouette, dynamic lines and elegant power suggest a particular lifestyle: the GT Coupé in the garage, the yacht in the marina, and the private jet at the airport. But Zenith has hit home even harder. Designed by a fearless and unfettered imagination the DEFY XTREME collection cannot be described, it must be experienced. It is an uncaged thoroughbred, an angry beast, aggressive, wild, extravagant, out of this world.

At this point others would have stopped. ZENITH however contin-ued, pushing the limits, delivering a unique and prodigious product. Water-resistant to 1,000 m, the case is entirely in black titanium, with a satin-finish bezel and case band, with polished screw heads; a slightly raised helium valve allows for decompression under extremeconditions; carbon fibre inserts make the push-buttons special, multilayered dials combining honeycomb aluminium, shock-resistant Hesalite and carbon fibre; the bracelets blend brushed stainless steel and composite materials reinforced by Kevlar® lateral inserts. A singular philosophy: to perform, to resist, and to stun.

The DEFY XTREME TOURBILLONis positioned at the precise intersection between technology and high-class watch making. Equipped with the El Primero 4035 SX movement, its beauty is breath taking; the bridge of the tourbillon is a helicoidal disk, the date indication encircles the carriage, the hands on the dials recall the streamlined wheel rims of a concept car. A see-through structure gives a view of the upper plate with its screws and motion works.

In the DEFY XTREME OPEN, the El Primero 4021 SX roars at 36,000 vibrations per hour, protected by a special blade on which the 3-branched second hand revolves. The power reserve is split into sectors, all hands have red Superluminova® inserts: colours show off delight… beneath the translucid glass the wheeling movement can be made out. Playing with light, the dancing, rotating luminous hands spelling out the contained power of a high-speed harmonic calibre for future generations.

The DEFY XTREME CHRONOGRAPHE model flaunts the luxury of symmetry in a world of high performance. The El Primero movement with its three mobile counters is highly legible being able to display time intervals to a 10th of a second thanks to the multi-helical hands. A lens magnifies the date.

Lastly, the DEFY XTREME POWER RESERVE contains an Elite 685 SXmovement. The suspended power reserve gives it depth. The black of the carbon fibre dominates the dial to give the watch a certain sportive sobriety.


Defy Xtreme Tourbillon

Caliber :El Primero 4035 SX
Automatic chronograph movement with tourbillon
15 1/2``` caliber. Diameter : 37.5 mm. Height : 7.55 mm. 332 components. Chronograph bridge, balance & pallet cocks in shock-absorbing Zenithium Z+
Incabloc® anti-shock device
36’000 vibrations per hour
Power reserve over 50 hours
35 jewels
Measures short time intervals to a 10th of a second
Automatic winding in both directions
Central rotor on ball bearings
Heavy Metal oscillating weight with carbon fiber inserts
Functions:Hour and minutes in the center
Date indication positioned around the carriage
Tourbillon:
  • The carriage is positioned at 11 o’clock
  • The carriage makes 1 turn per minute
Central seconds-hand
30-minute counter at 3 o’clock
12-hour counter at 6 o’clock
Case:Black Titanium case. Diameter: 46.5 mm
Black Titanium screw-in push-buttons with carbon fiber guilloché patterns Black Titanium screw-in crown with specific protecting device
Graduated unidirectional rotating bezel in black Titanium with stainless steel decorative screw heads & satin-finished Titanium cone-shaped indexes
Helium valve at 10 o’clock
Black Titanium screw-in case back with carbon fiber guilloché pattern
Water-resistance up to 1’000 meters
Dial: Multi-layered see-through structure composed of shock-resistant transparent Hesalite glass, Carbon fiber layer and silver-coated dial flange
Propeller-shaped tourbillon bridge which unveils the regulating organ of the 4035 SX caliber
Crystal: Sapphire glass, 3.8 mm thick, with anti-reflective coating on both sides.
Hands:Rhodium-plated luminous hands with red Superluminova inserts
Hour & minute “skeleton” rhodium hands
Bracelet:High-temperature resistant bracelet in brushed stainless steel.
Kevlar® lateral inserts and central links made of carbon fiber & composite alloys, with brushed stainless steel triple folded clasp.


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Defy Xtreme Open

Caliber :El Primero 4021 SX
Automatic Chronograph movement with harmonic plate
13``` caliber. Diameter 30 mm. Height : 7.75 mm. 248 components
Chronograph bridge, balance & pallet cocks in shock-absorbing Zenithium Z+
Incabloc® anti-shock device
36’000 vibrations per hour
Power reserve over 50 hours
39 jewels
Measures short time intervals to a 10th of a second
Automatic winding in both directions
Central rotor on ball bearings
Heavy Metal oscillating weight with carbon fiber inserts.
Functions:Hours and minutes in the center
Small seconds-hand at 9 o’clock with a 3-branched hand
Power reserve indicator from hour axis
Central seconds-hand
30-minute counter at 3 o’clock.
Case:Black Titanium case. Diameter: 46.5 mm
Black Titanium screw-in push-buttons with carbon fiber guilloché patterns
Black Titanium screw-in crown with specific protecting device
Graduated unidirectional rotating bezel in Black Titanium, with stainless steel decorative screw-heads & satin-finished titanium cone-shaped indexes
Helium valve at 10 o’clock
Black Titanium screw-in case back with carbon fiber guilloché pattern
Water-resistance up to 1’000 meters.
Dial:Multi-layered see-through structure composed of shock-resistant transparent Hesalite glass, Carbon fiber layer and silver-coated dial flange
9-branched silvered propeller-shaped bridge revealing heart of 4021 SX El Primero caliber.
Crystal:Sapphire glass, 3.8 mm thick, with anti-reflective coating on both sides.
Hands:Rhodium-plated luminous hands with red Superluminova inserts
Hour & minute “skeleton” rhodium hands.
Bracelet:High-temperature resistant bracelet in brushed stainless steel.
Kevlar® lateral inserts and central links made of carbon fiber & composite alloys, with brushed stainless steel triple folded clasp.


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Defy Xtreme Chronograph

Caliber :El Primero 4000 SX
Automatic Chronograph movement
13 1/4``` caliber. Diameter 30 mm. Height : 6.50 mm. 248 components
Chronograph bridge, balance & pallet cocks in shock-absorbing Zenithium Z+
Incabloc® anti-shock device
36’000 vibrations per hour
Power reserve over 50 hours
31 jewels
Measures short time intervals to a 10th of a second
Automatic winding in both directions
Central rotor on ball bearings
Heavy Metal oscillating weight with carbon fiber inserts
Functions:Hours and minutes in the center
Small seconds counter at 9 o’clock
Date at 4 ½ o’clock
Central seconds-hand for the chronograph
30-minute counter at 3 o’clock
12-hour counter at 6 o’clock
Case:Black Titanium case. Diameter: 46.5 mm
Black Titanium screw-in push-buttons with carbon fiber guilloché patterns
Black Titanium screw-in crown with specific protecting device
Graduated unidirectional rotating bezel in Black Titanium, with stainless steel decorative screw-heads & satin-finished titanium cone-shaped indexes
Helium valve at 10 o’clock
Black Titanium screw-in case back with carbon fiber guilloche pattern
Water-resistance up to 1’000 meters
Dial:Multi-layered shock-resistant structure composed of silvered & circular-grained subdial, Carbon fiber layer and silver-coated dial flange
Crystal:Sapphire glass, 3.8 mm thick, with anti-reflective coating on both sides. Magnifying lens over the date window at 4 ½ o’clock
Hands:All hands in rhodium with red Superluminova (luminous material) inserts.
Hour & minute “skeleton” rhodium hands
Bracelet:High-temperature resistant bracelet in brushed stainless steel.
Kevlar® lateral inserts and central links made of carbon fiber & composite alloys, with brushed stainless steel triple folded clasp.


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Defy Xtreme Power Reserve

Caliber :Elite 685 SX
Extra-thin automatic movement
11 ½’’’ caliber. Diameter 25.6 mm. Height : 4.48 mm. 179 components.
Balance cock, reverser and going-train bridge in shock-absorbing Zenithium Z+
Incabloc® anti-shock device
28’800 vibrations per hour
Power reserve over 50 hours
38 jewels
Automatic winding in both directions
Central rotor on ball bearings
Heavy Metal oscillating weight with carbon fiber inserts
Functions:Hours and minutes in the center
Small seconds counter at 9 o’clock
Date at 4 ½ o’clock
Power reserve indicator at 1 o’clock
Case:Black Titanium case. Diameter: 43 mm
Black Titanium screw-in crown with specific protecting device
Graduated unidirectional rotating bezel in Black Titanium, with stainless steel decorative screw-heads & satin-finished titanium cone-shaped indexes
Helium valve at 10 o’clock
Black Titanium screw-in case back with carbon fiber guilloché pattern
Water-resistance up to 1’000 meters
Dial:Multi-layered shock-resistant structure composed of silvered & circular-grained subdial, Carbon fiber layer and silver-coated dial flange
Crystal:Sapphire glass, 3.8 mm thick, with anti-reflective coating on both sides.
Magnifying lens over the date window at 4 ½ o’clock
Hands:All hands in rhodium with red Superluminova (luminous material) inserts.
Hour & minute “skeleton” rhodium hands
Bracelet:High-temperature resistant bracelet in brushed stainless steel.
Kevlar® lateral inserts and central links made of carbon fiber & composite alloys, with brushed stainless steel triple folded clasp.


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