Zenith DEFY Extreme Carbon

Zenith has expanded the DEFY Extreme series by launching a first watch in carbon fibre. This new model is dedicated to EXTREME E, the motorsport of the future.

Equipped with the world’s fastest and most precise automatic chronograph movement, the DEFY Extreme is the embodiment of the iconic Swiss Manufacture’s spirit of innovation and emphasizes the DEFY line’s core attributes of ruggedness and exceptional performance.

EXTREME E is an international off-road racing series that uses specially designed electric SUVs to race in remote parts of the world. The first season commenced with the Desert X-Prix in Saudi Arabia in April 2021. Zenith is the Official Timekeeper and Founding Partner of this racing saga.

Introduced in 2021 as the boldest and most rugged iteration of Zenith’s groundbreaking 1/100th of a second automatic high-frequency chronograph to date, the DEFY Extreme has already proven that it’s more than capable of withstanding even the harshest elements during the first season of EXTREME E. In the same year, the brand released the DEFY Extreme Desert model in a limited edition of 50 pieces.

Now, the brand is offering a resolutely sporty carbon fibre execution inspired by the world’s first off-road electric rally racing championship.

Zenith DEFY Extreme Carbon

Its case as well as the pushers and crown are made of extremely durable layered carbon fibre. Commonly used in the automotive and aviation industries among many others, carbon fibre offers a unique set of performance properties that simply cannot be matched by metals. Highlighting the audaciously angular geometry of the case, the pusher protectors as well as the twelve-sided bezel are made in microblasted titanium.

Zenith DEFY Extreme Carbon

Within the monolithic case, the open multi-layered dial features a mix of racy colours inspired by the EXTREME E’s “X Prix” colour schemes adapted for each race. The 1/100th of a second chronograph scale features brilliant yellow markers, while the tinted sapphire crystal dial’s chronograph counters are in bright blue, green and white, with matching-coloured small hands.

Partially visible through the dial as well as the case back is the fastest automatic high-frequency chronograph calibre. It offers 1/100th of a second time measurements, with two escapements beating at 5Hz (36’000 VpH) for the timekeeping part and 50Hz (360’000 VpH) for the chronograph.

Zenith DEFY Extreme Carbon

The DEFY Extreme is delivered with three straps that are easily interchangeable without requiring any tools, simply by using the case back’s ingenious and intuitive quick strap-change mechanism. These are a black textured rubber strap with a microblasted titanium folding buckle, a red textured rubber strap and a black Velcro wristband with a carbon fibre buckle.

Technical details

Model: Zenith DEFY EXTREME Carbon
Reference: 10.9100.9004/22.I200

Movement
El Primero 9004 automatic
Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 50 hours
Certified Chronometer
1/100th of a second Chronograph movement
Exclusive dynamic signature of one rotation per second for the Chrono hand
1 escapement for the Watch (36,000 VpH – 5 Hz)
1 escapement for the Chronograph (360,000 VpH – 50 Hz)

Functions
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 that makes one turn each second, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, 60-second counter at 6 o’clock

Finishes
Black colored main plate on movement + Special black colored oscillating weight with satined finishing

Case
Material: Carbon & Microblasted Titanium
Diameter: 45mm
Screwed-in crown
Water resistance: 20 ATM

Dial
Tinted sapphire with three black-coloured counters
Hour markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with “SuperLuminova SLN C1
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with “SuperLuminova SLN C1

Bracelet
Black rubber strap
Titanium triple folding clasp with black DLC coating
Also comes with a red rubber strap and a black Velcro strap and carbon buckle
Full Interchangeable strap system

Price
24,900 CHF