First launched in 2017, the DEFY EL PRIMERO 21 from Zenith is now available in a sophisticated silver-tone sunray closed dial version paired with a gleaming brushed titanium case and bracelet.
The Zenith DEFY EL PRIMERO 21 represents a quantum leap in both performance and mechanical design. The newly upgraded movement of this outstanding timepiece boasts a frequency of 360,000 A/H (50 Hz), ten times that of its world-famous El Primero predecessor, enabling 1/100th of a second precision. An exquisitely designed display magnifies the effect of this astonishing frequency: the inner bezel bears a scale graduated from 1 to 100 around which a 1/100th of a second hand sweeps at a lightning speed of one turn per second.
In a stylish departure from its characteristic open-work dial, the DEFY EL PRIMERO 21 now features a timeless, elegant, supremely sophisticated silver closed dial, offering a strikingly contemporary background for the key identifying characteristics of the legendary original: a star-tipped sweep-seconds hand, large luminescent baton-type hands and facetted hour-markers all paying proud tribute in a stunning demonstration of futuristic brilliance.
With its sleek rhodium-plated hour-markers and hands, the dial is also home to a chronograph power-reserve indication at 12 o’clock, hours and minutes in the centre, and contrasting black small seconds at 9 o’clock, black 60-second counter at 6 o’clock and black 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock.
The 44mm grade 5 brushed titanium case is perfectly complemented by an opulent brushed titanium bracelet. An artfully transparent sapphire crystal case-back provides a fascinating secret view of the rich inner workings of this exceptional timepiece. With a generous 50-hour power reserve, the DEFY EL PRIMERO 21 Brushed Titanium with closed dial is water-resistant to 100 metres.
Model: Defy El Primero 21 Brushed Titanium
New 1/100th of a second chronograph movement
Exclusive dynamic signature of one rotation per second
1 escapement for the Watch (36,000 VpH – 5 Hz);
1 escapement for the Chronograph (360,000 VpH – 50 Hz)
TIME LAB-Chronometer certified
El Primero 9004 automatic
Calibre: 14¼“` (Diameter: 32.80 mm)
Thickness: 7.9 mm
Frequency 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power reserve approx. 50 hours
Special oscillating weight with “circular satin-brushed” motif
1/100th of a second chronograph functions
Chronograph power-reserve indication at 12 o’clock
Hours and minutes in the centre
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
– Central chronograph hand
– 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock
– 60-second counter at 6 o’clock
Brushed Titanium case
Diameter: 44 mm
Opening diameter: 35.5 mm
Thickness: 14.50 mm
Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
Case back: Transparent sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 10 ATM
Silver-toned sunray-patterned dial with black-toned counters
Hour markers: Rhodium-plated, facetted and coated with Super-LumiNova®
Hands: Rhodium-plated, facetted and coated with Super-LumiNova®
Also available with Black Rubber strap featuring titanium double folding clasp (Reference: 95.9001.9004/01.R782)