Zenith presents the first in a series of special editions of the DEFY Extreme Carbon, incorporating recycled elements from the Extreme E electric rally championship. The highly exclusive series will feature a limited edition for each of this season’s races.
After a successful inaugural first season with Extreme E as its Founding Partner and Official Timekeeper, Zenith is getting even more involved with the world’s first electric rally championship. To commemorate each of the 5 Extreme E races this year – beginning with the Desert X Prix in Neom, Saudi Arabia – Zenith is creating 5 special and highly exclusive editions of the boldly rugged DEFY Extreme 1/100th of a second chronograph inspired by each of the vastly different X Prix off-road circuits.
The DEFY Extreme E “Desert X Prix” – the first edition dedicated to a specific race – boasts a suitably sturdy waterproof and crushproof watch case inspired by the extreme conditions of the rally, incorporating various upcycled elements from the side-lines of the first season’s races. The case’s lid coating is made from E-grip recycled tires, while the plate covering is made from parts of an Extreme E racing tarpaulin.
The DEFY Extreme E “Desert X Prix” edition is crafted in light-weight yet highly durable carbon fibre, including the crown and chronograph pushers. Highlighting the audaciously angular geometry of the case, the pusher protectors as well as the twelve-sided bezel are made in microblasted titanium.
The open multi-layered dial of the watch features deep yellow-beige accents, the official colour of the “Desert X Prix” that evokes the vast sand dunes of Saudi Arabia, home to the world’s largest continuous sand desert.
Partially visible through the dial is the fastest automatic high-frequency chronograph calibre. The Zenith Cal. El Primero 9004 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. The movement is also visible through the sapphire display back, emblazoned with the Desert X Prix logo.
The DEFY Extreme E watch is delivered with a rubber strap containing sustainable materials of recycled Continental Cross Contact tires that were used in the first season races. Matching the Desert X sandy yellow accents on the dial, the Velcro strap features a black rubber central element surrounded by a yellow cordura effect rubber inlay.
The DEFY Extreme E “Desert X Prix” edition also comes with two additional straps in black rubber and black Velcro, which can be easily interchanged without any tools by using the case back’s ingenious and intuitive quick strap-change mechanism.
The DEFY Extreme E“Desert X Prix” will be made in a limited edition of only 20 pieces and will make its debut at the Extreme E Desert X race in NEOM, Saudi Arabia, on February 19-20, 2022. The watch will be available at Zenith’s physical and online boutiques around the world.
Model: Zenith Defy Extreme E “Desert X Prix” Edition
El Primero 9004 automatic
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)
Frequency 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power reserve min. 50 hours
Finishes: Black colored main plate on movement + Special black colored oscillating weight with satined finishing
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
Material: Carbon & Microblasted Titanium
Special engraving on case back with “Desert X Prix” logo
Water resistance: 20 ATM
Tinted sapphire with three black-coloured counters
Hour markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with “Super-Luminova SLN C1
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with “Super-Luminova SLN C1
Yellow Velcro bracelet made with parts of Continental recycled tires
Also comes with a black Velcro strap and a black rubber strap
Full Interchangeable strap system