Ahead of Extreme E’s Hydro X Prix in Scotland, ZENITH unveils the DEFY Extreme E 2023 limited edition watch. Crafted entirely in carbon fibre and featuring Extreme E’s official “Vital Green” colour, this model is the lightest iteration of the brand’s revolutionary 1/100th of a second chronograph.
It features brightly coloured accents in Extreme E’s signature “Vital Green” tone as a message of awareness and action on climate change, as well as recycled and upcycled parts from the actual races incorporated in the strap and packaging.
ZENITH has made its most rugged 1/100th of a second chronograph even lighter while retaining its inherent toughness in the DEFY Extreme E edition.
Tried and tested in some of the most extreme conditions and environments that Extreme E has provided, the DEFY Extreme E edition is the first model in the collection to be crafted entirely in lightweight yet tough carbon fibre – including the pushers and their protective elements. The watch weighs only 96 grams, including the strap and triple-folding clasp – also in carbon fibre.
The open multi-layered dial, consisting of tinted sapphire crystal elements and embellished with Extreme E’s official “Vital Green” colour accents, is a subtle reminder of the championship’s core value of sustainability.
Partially visible through the open dial as well as the sapphire case back is the world’s fastest automatic high-frequency chronograph calibre in production, offering 1/100th of a second time measurements by means of two independent escapements beating at the rate of 5Hz (36’000 VpH) for the timekeeping part and 50Hz (360’000 VpH) for the chronograph function.
Highlighting the themes of sustainability and environmental awareness the DEFY Extreme E edition comes with a rubber strap infused with materials of upcycled Continental CrossContact tires that were used in the first season’s races. Matching the Extreme E Vital Green accents on the dial, the Velcro strap features a black rubber central element surrounded by green cordura-effect rubber.
The DEFY Extreme E edition 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.
With the DEFY Extreme E edition, Zenith is offering 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.
Made in a limited edition of 100 pieces, the DEFY Extreme E edition is available exclusively at ZENITH physical and online boutiques around the world.
Model: Zenith Defy Extreme E 2023 Limited Edition
El Primero 9004, Automatic
1/100th of a second Chronograph movement
Frequency: 1 escapement for the Watch (36,000 VpH – 5 Hz) + 1 escapement for the Chronograph (360,000 VpH – 50 Hz)
Power reserve approx. 50 hours
Finishes: Black colored main plate on movement + Special black colored oscillating weight with satined finishings
Exclusive dynamic signature of one rotation per second for the Chrono hand
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
Material: Full Carbon
Case diameter: 45mm
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
Comes with Vital green Velcro (recycled tires) and carbon triple folding clasp
Full Interchangeable strap system