Zenith makes great watches that look like robot turds. This is a complement. To wit: the latest Zenith Defy Extreme E in Island X Prix livery. This wild watch was made in honor of the Island X Prix, a race on the Island of Sardinia that is famous for its arid terrain and bright orange race colors.
The last time we spoke to you about the Zenith Defy line, it was about the adaptation of the El Primero movement into a three-hander (seen here). While I tend to lean towards those, there was one chronograph in the recent releases that truly caught my eye – the Zenith Defy 21 Chroma.
Even if you’re not all that into chronographs (myself included), you’re undoubtedly aware of the El Primero movement. Since it first hit watches in 1969, it was hailed as a marvel of advances and accuracy. Now, 50+ years down the line, we’re seeing a new variant of the El Primero coming in hot with the Zenith Defy Skyline.
When we think of the Zenith Defy line, we tend to think of things that push the boundaries of what can be done with materials and movements. What you may not realize (I know I didn’t) was the Defy line actually started in 1969, at the same time as the El Primero calibre. Defy came in as a stand against the wave of quartz movements, and it is when the world was first introduced to the watch we’re seeing recreated today as the Zenith Defy Revival A3642.
For whatever reason, Zenith watches have never really pinged that strongly on my radar. Sure, I’ve been aware of what they produced, but nothing has really caught my attention. That is, until the news of the Zenith Pilot Type 20 Blueprint landed in my inbox.
That’s right – when I saw the word of this new release from Zenith, that Michael Jackson tune is what immediately came to mind. Then again, that’s a message that these watches aren’t coming anywhere near. It just so happens that the Zenith Defy 21 and Defy Classic Black & White seamlessly combine the two hues.
These days, we expect that just about anything we might want – be it groceries, a good book, or even a car – is something we can order online from the comfort of our own home. While you can buy a great many watches online, some of the bigger Swiss brands have resisted. One of the latest to embrace progress is Zenith.
I hope all our readers here in the US has enjoyed their Thanksgiving and there were no fired turkey disasters. For our readers outside the US, I hope you had a lovely Thursday and Friday as well, and welcome to Watching the Web for November 28, 2015. We take this time to highlight some interesting watch reviews and watch related posts from other sites, as well as highlight our own more popular posts of the last week or so. This week, you can get your Freak on with Ulysse Nardine, Zenith pulls your chain, and the FTC clears the air. From our own site, we have the 2015 Gift Guide, Lew & Huey’s sale, and the Van Speyk Dutch Diver.
There is a term for cyclist that applies to those of us who ride that are obsessed with getting a bike as light as it can get. They are called weight weenies. Well, for you weight weenies out there, meet your watch. Zenith is releasing a limited run of their El Primero Chronograph that tips the scales at a mere 15.9 grams. That is a bit over 1/2 an ounce, or to put it in another context, about 3 seedless grapes.
This grey market Zenith Defy Xtreme Tourbillon is some pretty hot stuff, to be sure, but what to Amazon’s reviewers have to say about it? Instead of blither on and on about craftsmanship, they assume that this watch is a boondoggle (which it kind of is) and take the tongue-in-cheek route.