Zenith’s Defy collection, relaunched during Baselworld 2017 with a selection of pieces including the Defy El Primero 21, Classic Defy Automatic and Defy Classic Skeleton, has spent the period since then slowly adding a couple of new variants to the family. Given our previous post mentioning a new ‘all black’ watch, we thought we’d continue the theme by introducing the new Defy Classic Black Ceramic.
It was only a matter of time before the Defy Classic Skeleton came in an black version, and it is in the form of a 41mm black zirconium oxide ceramic case with a mixture of satin-brushed and polished finishing. With the now familiar raised circular bezel, it has an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, a sapphire display back, and it is water resistant to 100m.
For those unfamiliar with the model, the functions are hours and minutes, a centre sweep seconds hand, and a skeletonised date window at 6 o’clock that pretty much blends into the structure of the dial. The hands and hour markers are ruthenium-plated, faceted, and coated with green Super-LumiNova.
The skeletonisation extends to the (Zenith) star-shaped rotor, which has satin-brushed finishing. Powering this watch is, of course the automatic Calibre Elite 670SK (‘SK’ for ‘skeleton), beating at 28,800VPH, and with a power reserve of 48 hours.
In my ‘on the wrist’ post about the Defy Classic Skeleton (see the link in the first paragraph) I mentioned that this was, in 2017, my favourite of the launch models. It remains as such, but my main quibble with it, about the ‘at a glance’ legibility of the date, since it so seamlessly incorporates itself into the skeletonisation, holds (perhaps even more so) with this black model. Nonetheless, the Black Ceramic model looks like a modern sporty watch, and fits alongside its Defy Classic Skeleton siblings. What colour/ material will be next?
The Defy Classic Black Ceramic comes on a textured black rubber strap with a black DLC folding buckle and has an RRP of AUD 10,500/ CHF 7,500/ USD 7,900.