Swiss luxury watch brand Zenith presents a new boutique edition of its Defy Skyline Skeleton model.
Launched early this year, Zenith DEFY Skyline Skeleton is the world’s first and only-skeleton watch to feature a 1/10th of a second indicator. The newly introduced Boutique Edition stands out with its contrasting tones of grey and gold.
Drawing inspiration from modern cityscapes where structures and light are bound in a constantly moving interplay, the DEFY Skyline Skeleton seamlessly integrates the open dial with an open-worked version of the El Primero high-frequency automatic. Its open-worked dial with four-pointed stars shape recalls the ZENITH “double Z” logo of the 1960s.
For the Boutique Edition, the dial takes on a silvery-grey colour, with a darker chapter ring featuring applied gold-plated baton hour markers filled with Super-LumiNova and matching hands for effortless legibility.
A constantly running 1/10th of a second counter at 6 o’clock makes steady jumps in fixed increments, completing one revolution every 10 seconds. This unprecedented feature is unique to the new generation of the El Primero automatic high-frequency calibre.
An evolution of the unique octagonal geometry established by the earliest DEFY wristwatch models of the 1960s, the angular steel case of the DEFY Skyline Skeleton retains the same DNA of robustness and durability as its predecessors while bringing an edgier and more architectural aesthetic.
The 41mm stainless steel case with sharply defined edges is topped by a faceted bezel, inspired by those from early DEFY models and reimagined with twelve sides that are positioned as extensions to the hour markers. The screw-down crown emblazoned with the star emblem provides a water-resistance of 10 ATM (100 metres).
Visible through the open dial as well as the sapphire display back is the openworked version of the high-frequency automatic El Primero calibre, the 3620 SK. Built with a similar architecture as the El Primero 3600 1/10th of a second chronograph, this automatic manufacture movement drives the 1/10th of a second hand directly from the escapement, which beats at 5Hz (36’000 VpH).
It comes with a stop-second mechanism for precise time-setting. The automatic winding mechanism with bi-directional rotor with a star motif delivers a power reserve of approximately 55 hours. For the Boutique edition of the DEFY Skyline Skeleton, the movement is finished in a luminous rhodium grey tone.
The DEFY Skyline Skeleton Boutique Edition is available exclusively at ZENITH physical and online boutiques around the world.
Model: Zenith Defy Skyline Skeleton Boutique Edition
El Primero 3620 SK, Automatic
Frequency: 36’000 VpH – 5Hz
Power reserve: approx. 55 hours
Functions: Hours and minutes in the centre. 1/10th of a second counter at 6 o’clock
Finishes: Special oscillating weight with satined finishings
Silicon escape-wheel and lever
Material: Stainless steel
Case diameter: 41mm
Water resistance: 10 ATM
Hour markers: Gold-plated, faceted and coated with SuperLuminova SLN C1
Hands: Gold-plated, faceted and coated with SuperLuminova SLN C1
Stainless steel bracelet
2nd bracelet Black Rubber with starry sky pattern
Stainless steel folding clasp
Full Interchangeable strap system