Launched in 2017, the new Zenith DEFY EL PRIMERO 21, a chronometric reinvention of accuracy and reliability, is now available in a new rose gold edition.
In 1969, Zenith launched El Primero, the first ever fully integrated automatic column-wheel chronograph movement, enabling 1/10th of a second precision. This groundbreaking model laid a new milestone in watchmaking history that had never been surpassed – until now. Half a century later, Zenith has once again defied tradition and pushed all existing boundaries, leading us into the world of 1/100th of a second accuracy.
The Zenith DEFY EL PRIMERO 21 represents a quantum leap in both performance and mechanical design. This is a competition against no-one but itself. 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, offering unprecedented visual impact and a surreal time-travelling experience for the lucky wearer. Echoing the trend in modern engineering development and ensuring optimal performance, this incredible mechanical complication is achieved using a far smaller number of components, minimizing tedious assembly and adjustments. In addition to significantly improved performance and mechanical structure, the design of the TIME LAB-chronometer certified DEFY EL PRIMERO 21 draws inspiration from the rugged good looks of its 1969 predecessor.
Framed by a 44 mm case, the openworked dial of the DEFY EL PRIMERO 21 offers a resolutely 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.
Perfectly complementing its rich inner workings, the case of the TIMELAB chronometer-certified DEFY EL PRIMERO 21 ROSE GOLD appears in this glowing precious metal. Matching gold-plated hour-markers and hands sweep elegantly around a lustrous black openworked dial featuring a chronograph power-reserve indication at 12 o’clock, hours and minutes in the centre, small seconds at 9 o’clock, black 60-second counter at 6 o’clock and distinctive blue 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock.
This stunningly elegant model comes with a choice of a black rubber strap coated with brown alligator leather or with a rich rose gold bracelet, both with a gold and titanium double folding clasp. This magnificent timepiece, endowed with a generous 50-hour power reserve and water-resistant to 100 metres, is bound to catch the attention of refined and demanding watch enthusiasts.
Model: Defy El Primero 21 Rose Gold
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
18-ct Rose gold 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
Open-worked with two different-coloured counters
Hour markers: Gold-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova®
Hands: Gold-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova®
Black rubber covered with brown alligator leather coating or Brown rubber strap; Gold & Titanium double folding clasp (Reference: 18.9000.9004/71.R585)
Rose Gold Bracelet (Reference: 18.9000.9004/71.M9000)