By TLex Check out the amazing new ZENITH Defy Xtreme 'Grande Date Stealth'. Inspired by the Stealth Bomber this extreme sports watch (it's not really a diver) has a 1000m water-resistant case housing an El Primero Chronograph complication with a 3-disk Grande Date. It is an exclusive limited and numbered edition of 2 x 250 pieces only. Not everyone's cup of tea, granted, but certainly worth a look . . .
Inspired by the Stealth Bombers that no radar can detect, the Defy Stealth did not in fact go unnoticed when it took the Public Award at the Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie in Geneva. This year, ZENITH is pushing the boundaries even further, and presenting a new, even more extreme version. Cased entirely in black or gray titanium, this timepiece features an unexpectedly sporty design picked out in extreme colors, a matte red that highlights the balance-wheel bridge and the helical hand of the 30-minute counter.
Incorporating shock-resistant technology and Zenithium bridges, the Defy Stealth includes the new Open Grande Date 4039 SX movement and an El Primero Chronograph with a 3-disk Grande Date, a unique, patented system. Offered as a limited edition of 250 pieces in each color, this futuristic timepiece cannot leave anyone unmoved.
With Defy, Zenith started a veritable revolution in which creativity and performance are intimately linked. Defy Classic elevates the sports watch to the nobility. The muscular chassis, athletic build, starry bezel and the guilloche dial and bracelet links form a high-profile whole that expresses a virile refinement. Defy Xtreme conjugates the future with the present. This watch, in its reinforced power case that is ultra-shock-resistant and designed to cope with the most extreme situations, can take extravagant combinations of effect and material. Nothing is too daring!
The principal event of 2008 is the arrival of the 8800 Tourbillon Zero-G (zero gravity) movement, a major innovation in the world of watchmaking. This revolutionary system, which includes a gyroscope cage tourbillon and constant horizontal escapement, means the mechanism avoids the effects of gravity and thus gives considerably greater accuracy.
At the same time, Defy Classic and Defy Xtreme are heading for the open with the SEA ranges that have a distinctly nautical look, unveiling the first of a three-part limited edition
Caliber New El Primero 4039 SX Automatic Chronograph movement with Grande Date / power reserve module 13 caliber / diameter 30.50 mm / height 9.05 mm.
331 components.Balance, chronograph & pallet bridges in shock-absorbing Zenithium Z+/ Incabloc® anti-shock device /36’000 vibrations per hour / Power reserve over 50 hours / 41 jewels /Measures short time intervals to a 10th of a second /Automatic winding in both directions /Central rotor on ball bearings
Heavy metal oscillating weight Functions:Hours and minutes in the center Small seconds-hand at 9 o’clock
Chronograph Central seconds-hand 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock Patented 3-Disc Grande Date over 2 o’clock Power Reserve indicator from hour axis.
Case Titanium case. Diameter: 46.5 mm Titanium screw-in push-buttons with carbon fiber guilloché patterns/ Titanium screw-in crown with specific protecting device / Graduated unidirectional rotating bezel & indexes in Titanium / Helium valve at 10 o’clock / Titanium screw-in case back
Water-resistance 1000m or 10ATM
Dial Multi-layered see-through structure composed of black or grey carbon fiber layer and varnished dial plate 9-branched Open “helical” bridge in red-tinted aluminium.
Crystal Sapphire glass, 3.8 mm thick, with anti-reflective coating on both sides
Hands Black luminous hands with Superluminova inserts. Hour & minute 'skeleton' hands
Bracelet Brushed titanium bracelet. Lateral inserts in composite materials (white version) or Kevlar (black version) Buckle:Brushed titanium triple folded clasp.