Zenith Defy Classic Black Ceramic

Style and substance come together seamlessly in the new DEFY Classic Black Ceramic, marking the first time the ultra-hard and inherently black material makes its way to the DEFY Classic collection. With an intriguing display of micro-mechanics and the kind of superlative performance that has become synonymous with the Zenith manufacture, the DEFY Classic Black Ceramic resonates with the style-conscious urbanite.

The DEFY Classic has made its mark as Zenith’s expression of neo-futuristic watchmaking in its purest form. With the DEFY Classic Black Ceramic, its distinguishing features are brought to life from its subtly nuanced darkness and the sense of volume it conveys through balanced geometry and a unique, visionary architecture – inside and out.

Forged from wear-proof black zirconium oxide ceramic, the DEFY Classic’s faceted 41mm case features a combination of polished and satin-brushed surfaces, emphasizing its geometric and resolutely contemporary case inspired by the original Zenith DEFY collection first launched in the 1970s. The angular, silhouette of the case is softened by the perfectly circular bezel that haloes above it.

The centre piece of the DEFY Classic Black Ceramic’s is its avant-garde open dial. Taking on a stellar form with ultramodern angles, the multi-layered element seamlessly blends the neoteric display with the movement.

In broad daylight, the faceted hands and applied markers appear as one with the blackened complex of the open dial and visible portions of the movement, with their polished ruthenium-treated surfaces gleaming through the darkness for surprisingly easy legibility. Come nightfall, they emit a subtle green glow from the Super-LumiNova® SLN C1 coating.

Visible through the open dial as well as the sapphire case back of the DEFY Classic, the automatic Elite 670 manufacture movement beats unerringly. A staple movement in Zenith’s lineup for decades, the DEFY Classic represents the first time the Elite caliber has been open-worked. Its entire anatomy has been reimagined – not just aesthetically, with its restructured and open bridges with cutting-edge finishing – but also in its performance, as the Elite caliber in the DEFY Classic features a silicon pallet-lever and escape-wheel.

Perfectly integrated with the contours of the case and following the structured lines of the dial and movement, the DEFY Classic Black Ceramic is fitted with a black uni-structure rubber strap.

Technical details

Model: Zenith Defy Classic Black Ceramic
Reference: 49.9000.670/78.R782

Elite 670 SK, Automatic
Calibre: 11 ½“` (Diameter: 25.60mm)
Movement thickness: 3.88mm
Components: 187
Jewels: 27
Power-reserve: min. 48 hours
Finishing: Special oscillating weight with satin-brushed finish

Hours and minutes in the centre
Central seconds hand
Date indication at 6 o’clock

Diameter: 41mm
Diameter opening: 32.5mm
Thickness: 10.75mm
Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
Case-back: Transparent sapphire crystal
Material: Black Ceramic
Water-resistance: 10 ATM

Hour-markers: Ruthenium-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova® SLN C1
Hands: Ruthenium-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova® SLN C1

Black rubber with black DLC folding buckle
Also available on black rubber with black alligator leather coating (27.00.2218.582)

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