Continuing to deliver some of the finest movements, with boundary-pushing precision, Zenith’s new DEFY El Primero 21 Carbon, is the brands’ most outstanding iteration to date. It’s everything Zenith stands for, aesthetically and functionally.
With a cutting-edge 1/100 second chronograph calibre operating at a phenomenal and unrivalled rate of 360’000 vibrations per hour (50 Hz), the DEFY El Primero 21 Carbon raises the bar in terms of performance. It is also one of the highest frequency chronographs ever to be serially produced. The movement is visible through the semi skeletonised dial and is given a deep black treatment, allowing its gleaming edges to shine through the dark.
Constructed in Carbon Fiber, the 44mm case of this version is as futuristic as it gets. It plays with light and reveals a unique visual effect caused by the alternating layers of carbon fibres that are randomly arranged, making each case essentially unique. The case, bezel, crown and chronograph pushers are also forged from Carbon.
The open dial is black and remains effortlessly legible with its contrasting white markings. The hour, minute and constant seconds hands, like the applied hour markers, are faceted with a dark ruthenium coating and filled with black SuperLuminova that gives off a subtle glow in the dark. Keeping the emphasis on its unrivalled high-speed chronograph function, the central 1/100 second hand and seconds and minutes totalisers have blackened hands with bright red tips.
Completing the ergonomics of the DEFY El Primero 21 Carbon is a choice of two straps: a black textured rubber strap, and a special rubber strap with a carbon effect for the ultimate urbanite look.
Fine watchmaking continues to be the focus of Zenith and the DEFY El Primero 21 Carbon is a part of an evolution that reinforces the brand’s strengths and true identity.
UNIQUE SELLING POINTS
New 44 mm Full Carbon case (included pushers & Crown)
1/100th of a second chronograph movement
Exclusive dynamic signature of one rotation per second
1 escapement for the Watch (36,000 VpH – 5 Hz);
1 escapement for the Chronograph (360,000 VpH – 50 Hz)
TIME LAB-Chronometer certified
Black movement finish
El Primero 9004 automatic
Calibre: 14¼“` (Diameter: 32.80 mm)
Thickness: 7.9 mm
Frequency 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power reserve approx. 50 hours
Special oscillating weight with “circular satin-brushed” motif
1/100th of a second chronograph functions
Chronograph power-reserve indication at 12 o’clock
Hours and minutes in the centre
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
– Central chronograph hand
– 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock
– 60-second counter at 6 o’clock
CASE, DIAL & HANDS
Diameter: 44 mm
Diameter opening: 35.5 mm
Thickness: 14.50 mm
Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
Case back: Transparent sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 10 ATM
Dial: Black Openworked
Hour markers: Ruthenium-plated, faceted and coated with black Super-LumiNova®
Hands: Ruthenium-plated, faceted and coated with black Super-LumiNova®
STRAPS AND BUCKLE
Black Rubber Strap
Titanium & Carbon double folding clasp with Black DLC coating
Additional special Black Rubber strap with Carbon effect included