Whilst perhaps not as famous as the legendary El Primero, Zenith’s Defy timepiece is a great watch in its own right. Released in the 60’s, the Defy was intended for active wearers craving elegance too. In fact, the watch is the brainchild of famous designer Gerald Genta, who impressed collection with the Zenith Defy collection and its shock resistant, moisture repelling design. Very soon after, the watch would become a bona fide classic.
Since its initial release the collection has considerably evolved. These days it is able to tell the time to a hundredth of a second, something that is unmatched in a mechanical watch. Indeed, the seconds hand of the face ensures a single rotation every second, with the hundredths appearing on the inner part of the watch bezel.
With a smart double build, the movement boasts two individual escapements as well as a pair of separate balance wheels and barrels. This means that the balance wheel oscillates at the traditional frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour. All of these means a design like this is, in fact, one hundred percent necessary because this watch is much more fast and powerful than any of the previous iterations due to its pinpoint time telling ability.
The stunning wrist watch has a 44 millimeter case and is crafted from premium materials including titanium and ceramic. In addition, the classic Zenith dial means the timepiece’s stunning internal function is able to be enjoyed at any moment. When, in 1865, the 22-year-old watch apprentice Georges Favre-Jacout made a watch company in Le Locle, Switzerland. Although this brand would not use the official title of Zenith until 1911, Favre-Jacout’s company displayed intimations of a totally new style of timepiece. In those days, watch creators worked from a range of places and factories across the city. Watch pieces were then moved from their manufacturing locations to a master watchmaker to finish the process.
However, Favre-Jacout was able to bring all of Zenith’s watchmakers together to create the first ever contemporary Manufacture. Indeed, this brave choice would go on to provide the basis for Zenith’s technology research and development in its ability to make a range of the globe’s most accurate watches. Zenith brought out its first pocket chronograph in 1899 and throughout the 20th century Zenith’s manufacturing factory got larger and larger.
Without a doubt, the idea was always to reduce the blockage of getting on the ladder of this brand and after the brand got to the extent of its manufacturing abilities with around 50,000 calibres a year, this gave them the opportunity to increase the amount of production and lower prices.
Certainly, yet another key moment in Zenith’s time from last year was the brand CEO, Jean-Frédérique Dufour leaving the brand to go to Rolex, which made it difficult to see if the new company head, Aldo Magada, would be able to continue following this way.