There was a ‘soft launch’ earlier this year, but it was only at Baselworld 2019 that the new siblings of Zenith’s Defy Classic Black – the new Ceramic White and Ceramic Blue models, took a step forward. Of the two new colours, we thought that we would focus on the white piece, as is not just the most striking, but our favourite of the three.
The familiar contemporary Defy’s 41mm case features a combination of polished and satin-brushed surfaces, with a silver open-worked dial featuring the skeletonised automatic Calibre Elite 670SK which beats at 28,800VPH and has a power reserve of fifty hours. On the backside of the watch you can see that the skeletonisation work is also evident in the star-shaped rotor, which has satin-brushed finishing.
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 blends into the skeletonised dial side. The faceted ruthenium-plated hands and hour markers are polished and filled with green Super-LumiNova.
Coming on a white rubber strap with a titanium folding clasp, this is my favourite of the new models not just for legibility reasons (a point about which I noted about the original launch model) but simply because on a purely subjective level, I think it’s the most attractive. It’s also really well suited to a summer ‘look’ as well.
Blue watches have proven to be a theme of sorts so far this year both on Horologium and more broadly, so we should note the new blue ceramic version as well.
As you can see this blue is muted, quite distinctive (not to mention unlike other current ‘blues’ within the Zenith collections – even within their Defys), and unlike the other blue watches we have covered in 2019.
They have just landed in Australia, and the RRP for both the white and blue ceramic models is 10,500 AUD.