In collaboration with British DJ Carl Cox, ZENITH has released a DEFY Extreme limited edition series inspired by the world of DJing.
Released in 2020, DEFY 21 Carl Cox edition was the first collaborative timepiece between the internationally renowned DJ and the iconic Swiss watch manufacture.
Proposed in a limited edition of 100 pieces, the second edition (DEFY Extreme Carl Cox) draws inspiration from one of the most indispensable tools in the legendary DJ’s arsenal: the turntable.
For the first time ever, the DEFY Extreme’s case is crafted in matte-finished stainless steel and yellow gold, taking on a much brighter and sparkling look than polished or brushed steel while taking on a minimalistic and nostalgically retro-futuristic look. The matte yellow gold accents on the dodecagonal bezel and pusher guards are inspired by the turntable stylus’ golden tonearm.
On top of the smoked sapphire crystal base, three black chronograph counters take on the form of miniature vinyl records, with concentric grooves that capture and reflect light as if they were spinning.
The minute track is decorated with a pattern of perfectly aligned dots that recall the stroboscope effect found on the sides of Carl Cox’ favourite turntables. The power reserve indicator on the smoked sapphire element at 12 o’clock is fashioned like an ON/OFF switch.
Partially visible through the open dial as well as the sapphire case back is the El Primero 9004 calibre. It stands alone as the world’s fastest and only serially produced chronograph movement with a high-frequency 50Hz chronograph that offers true 1/100th of a second time measurements.
The star-shaped oscillating weight as well as the main plate have been specially decorated in black for the DEFY Extreme Carl Cox limited edition.
Alongside the integrated matte-finished steel bracelet, the DEFY Extreme Carl Cox watch also comes with a black rubber strap and a black Velcro strap, which can be easily swapped without any tools by using the case’s built-in quick strap-change mechanism.
Moreover, the legendary English electronic music pioneer has curated a special playlist entitled ‘Carl Cox X ZENITH’ which also includes the first soundtrack Carl Cox ever created for ZENITH called “This is our Time”, available on Spotify and on ZENITH’s website.
The DEFY Extreme Carl Cox is a limited edition of 100 pieces. It will be available to order starting from September 25, exclusively from ZENITH online and at boutiques around the world.
Buyers of this watch will have the opportunity of meeting Carl Cox personally at selected events.
Model: ZENITH DEFY Extreme Carl Cox Limited Edition, Reference 06.9100.9004/21.I001
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 – 5Hz (Watch) and 360,000 VpH – 50 Hz (Chronograph)
Power reserve: min. 50 hours (Watch) and approx. 50 min (Chronograph)
Finishes: Black colored main plate on movement + Special black colored oscillating weight with satined finishings.
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: Microblasted Steel & Yellow Gold
Crystal: Flat sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
Case-back: Transparent sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 20 ATM
Tinted sapphire with three black-coloured counters
Hour markers: Gold-plated, faceted and coated with SuperLuminova SLN C1
Hands: Gold-plated, faceted and coated with SuperLuminova SLN C1
Full interchangeable strap system
2 straps included: 1 Midnight slate rubber strap with microblasted stainless steel folding clasp & 1 Dark graphite velcro strap with velcro – microblasted buckle
Full Interchangeable strap system
Comes with a blue rubber strap with starry sky pattern and folding clasp