Even Zenith can’t give the gift of time itself. However, the manufacture certainly capable of dressing it up. All the more so with the new High Jewelry editions of two of its most emblematic pieces from the Defy collection: The Defy El Primero 21 and the Defy Classic.
Already a statement piece with its unrivalled 100th of a second chronograph movement and resolutely contemporary looks, the Defy El Primero 21 High Jewelry pushes boundaries even further. With a rose gold case entirely set with brilliant cut white diamonds and the bezel with baguette cut diamonds, this rendition of the Defy El Primero 21 turns the exceptional into outstanding.
And if diamonds alone aren’t enough, the Defy El Primero 21 High Jewelry Rainbow is truly joyful with its magical interplay of gem-setting and watchmaking. On the rose gold case, white diamonds of varying sizes are applied in a seemingly random pattern, in the snow setting technique. The bezel takes on the vibrant “rainbow” treatment, where 44 baguette-cut sapphires are meticulously picked and arranged in a progressive color scheme that spans the entire visible light spectrum. This rainbow effect continues on to the open dial, where the hour markers are set with sapphires matching those on the bezel.
Inside these chronographs works the El Primero 9004 movement, which operates at a frequency of 36,000 VpH and provides a power reserve of at least 50 hours.
The case comes in a diameter of 44 mm and is waterproof up to 3 atm. The Defy El Primero 21 High Jewelry watches are worn on a brown alligator leather strap.
Perfectly proportioned and boasting a uniquely conceived open dial and movement, the Defy Classic has all the makings of the perfect daily companion. Making this modern icon even more outstanding is the Defy Classic High Jewelry, with a titanium case set with brilliant cut-diamonds and baguette diamonds on the bezel. This watch also retains the signature Zenith blue touches throughout.
Adding a spectacular pop of color is the Defy Classic High Jewelry Rainbow, which is all about capturing the beauty of light in all its wavelengths. As white is the combination of all colours, it serves as the perfect backdrop for the rainbow effect on the Defy Classic, with its 48 unique baguette cut sapphires on the bezel arranged by color graduation, complemented by brilliant white diamonds on the titanium case for the perfect scintillating touch.
The Defy Classic watches have a diameter of 41 mm and are therefore smaller than the chronographs, but also have a water resistance of only 3 atm. The High Jewelry is equipped with a blue leather strap, the High Jewelry Rainbow with a white rubber strap, matching the dial details.