A couple of weeks ago we covered Zenith’s new Defy Classic Midnight, but mentioned the subject of today’s post – the new Defy 21 Land Rover Edition. This latest auto collaboration is a watch that to my mind, is better looking than say the El Primero Range Rover edition released by the brand.
Marking the release of the redesigned Land Rover Defender, the brands have marked their partnership with the DEFY 21 Land Rover Edition. This new model is not just a current version with some decorative flourishes or small references on the dial, movement, or back, but like the Defender, ‘redesigned’ and simpatico with the vehicle itself – a modern understated ‘luxury utilitarian’ micro-blasted titanium case and look that stands on its own, Land Rover or no Land Rover. The lack of obvious branding is also a strength, ensures longevity (something that is not always the case with watch and car co-branded pieces), and broadens its appeal.
A reinterpretation of the El Primero 1/100th of a second high frequency chronograph, the closed matte grey dial is in keeping with the case’s material. Also in keeping with the colour scheme are anthracite hands that are coated with Super-LumiNova, as are the hour markers. At the top of the dial is something unexpected (and interesting) – a linear power reserve display with red and white colouring that is a nod to the Defender’s vintage dashboard fuel gauge clocks.
Along with the power reserve indicator and the time, the dial features a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, 60-second counter at 6 o’clock, and small seconds at 9 o’clock.
Inside the 44mm sized case is the automatic El Primero 9004 movement, with its centrally mounted 1/100th of a second chronograph function. It has the signature one rotation per second for the chronograph hand, with one escapement for the watch beating at 36,000VPH, and one escapement for the chronograph at 360,000VPH. Power reserve is 50 hours.
With a water resistance of 100m, it comes with two straps – rubber for ‘Adventure’ and fabric for ‘Country’. These are references to the four new types of Defender packs – Explorer, Adventure, Country and Urban. They are attached courtesy of a micro-blasted titanium double-folded buckle.
Coming in a limited edition of 250 pieces, the RRP is AUD 19,900/ CHF 13,900.
[Photo credit : Zenith Australia]