This year, the spotlight is back on the DEFY collection, the ZENITH Manufacture’s platform for innovation and unprecedented expressions in the art of watchmaking. At the forefront is the new DEFY Skyline, a collection that builds upon the legacy of robustness and performance that has defined the line since the earliest ZENITH “Defi” pocket watches of the early 20th century right through to its most recent references. Reinterpreting elements from the 1969 DEFY A3642 in a contemporary context and packed with the performance of the Manufacture’s latest generation of the El Primero movement, the DEFY Skyline is set to become a staple model for ZENITH.
Follow your light to reach your star. In an ever-fast-moving world where every fraction of a second can be a decisive one, the DEFY Skyline is up to the pace with a sleek and evocative design paired with an unprecedented function.
Its architectural and highly faceted silhouette draws inspiration from the unique octagonal geometry of the early DEFY models including the recently revived DEFY A3642, without attempting to merely recreate the past. It retains the same DNA of robustness and durability as its predecessors while bringing an edgier aesthetic.
This exceptional performance is delivered by the new El Primero 3620 calibre. Built with a similar architecture as the El Primero 3600 1/10th of a second chronograph, this automatic manufacture movement visible through the sapphire display back drives the 1/10th of a second hand directly from the escapement, which beats at 5Hz (36’000 VpH).
After a lot of time spent perfecting the design, proportions and precision, my team and I are extremely proud of the way the DEFY Skyline turned out. It’s the purest expression of the modernistic DEFY line that stands out without ever feeling out of place, and really solidifies the DEFY’s position at the forefront of the future of watchmaking.