Geneva, Switzerland — The house of Zenith has been making watches for aviators since the early 1900s and was on hand for the historic, groundbreaking journey of French aviator Louis Blériot during his flight across the English Channel back in 1909. For pilots, precision is key and precision is the hallmark of the house of Zenith. This year the house presented at the Watches and Wonders trade show a priceless piece of precision.
The chromatically eye catching Defy 21 Ultrablue continues to highlight the house’s concept of high-frequency precision in this striking creation in its 1/100th of a second chronograph, the Defy 21. In this version the house brings out the tones of deep indigo and electric blue in the Defy 21 Ultrablue. Blue is a special color for the house for it was the starry night sky that the manufacture’s founder Georges-Favre Jacot drew the inspiration for what would become the name of his house, Zenith.
The openwork dial is nestled in a 44 mm case fashioned in titanium which has been given a matte sandblasted finish, setting off the blue movement and bridges even further. It is outfitted with an El Primero 9004 automatic movement (a high frequency precision movement) and has a power reserve of at least 50 hours.
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette