The next race of the 2022 Extreme E championship is scheduled on 24 & 25 September at the Atacama Desert, one of the world’s leading copper mining areas.
Commemorating this race, the ZENITH DEFY Extreme E Copper X Prix watch combines carbon fibre and titanium with earthy tones inspired by the copper mines of the Atacama region, while incorporating recycled and upcycled elements from the championship.
Based on the ZENITH DEFY Extreme Carbon, the world’s lightest and most robust 1/100th of a second automatic high-frequency chronograph, the new watch incorporates upcycled elements from the championship with the back-to-back races’ official colour of warm coppery-brown.
The DEFY Extreme E “Copper X Prix” edition is crafted in lightweight yet highly durable carbon fibre, including the crown and chronograph pushers. Emphasizing the boldly 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 consists of tinted sapphire crystal elements, embellished with coppery-brown accents that evoke the dry, rocky terrain and copper mines of the Chilean desert.
Partially visible through the dial as well as the sapphire case back is the fastest automatic high-frequency chronograph calibre in production, offering1/100th of a second time measurements, with two escapements independently beating at 5Hz (36’000 VpH) for the timekeeping part and 50Hz (360’000 VpH) for the chronograph function. The movement is also visible through the sapphire display back, emblazoned with the Copper X Prix logo.
Bringing sustainability and environmental awareness to the forefront of ZENITH and Extreme E’s partnership, the DEFY Extreme E “Copper X Prix” is delivered with a rubber strap infused with materials of upcycled Continental Cross Contact tires that were used in the first season’s races.
Matching the Copper X Prix copper-brown accents on the dial, the Velcro strap features a black rubber central element surrounded by a brown cordura-effect rubber inlay.
The ZENITH DEFY Extreme E “Copper X Prix” is delivered with two additional straps in black rubber and black Velcro, which can be easily swapped without any tools by using the case back’s ingenious and intuitive quick strap-change mechanism.
The DEFY Extreme E “Copper X Prix” comes packaged in 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 “Copper X Prix” is a limited edition of only 20 pieces. It will be available exclusively at ZENITH physical and online boutiques around the world.
Model: Zenith Defy Extreme E – Copper X Prix Edition
Reference: 10.9100.9004-5/27. I307
El Primero 9004
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
Hours and minutes in the centre
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
1/100th of a second Chronograph: Central chronograph hand that makes one turn each second. 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock. 60-second counter at 6 o’clock
Chronograph power-reserve indication at 12 o’clock
Black colored main plate on movement
Special black colored oscillating weight with satined finishings
Material: Carbon & Microblasted Titanium
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water resistance: 20 ATM
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
Full Interchangeable strap system
Copper Recycled tires Velcro Strap and a 2nd strap included
Microblasted Titanium Triple folding clasp