2 Mar 2020

LVMH Watch Week: Zenith Defy 21 Land Rover & Carl Cox Edition

Part 4: Zenith Defy 21 collection welcomes 2 special editions in collaboration with Land Rover and DJ Carl Cox respectively.

Zenith Introduces the Defy 21 Land Rover Edition

Working with Jerry McGovern at Land Rover UK, Zenith introduced a new Defy 21 Land Rover Edition for LVMH Watch Week. Pared down yet militant in appearance, the matte grey micro-blasted titanium is likely the best looking Zenith Defy 21 chronograph to date. There was always an “over-designed” almost Hublotesque feel to the modern Defy series but the new 250 limited edition Defy Land Rover channels the robust, rough and tumble Rover Defender to a physical and spiritual degree.

Zenith Defy 21 Land Rover Edition lifestyle - Cortina Watch

Keep in mind, the Zenith Defy 21 is a 1/100th of a second chronograph which retails for just over US$10,000 for the base titanium model, the new Land Rover Edition eschews the usual skeletonized dial for a more minimalist aesthetic with a fine-grained surface finish (which is curiously smooth rather than textured to the touch) and a hint of olive green accented with orange that is both militaristic and “street” at the same time.

Zenith Defy 21 Land Rover Edition - Cortina Watch

The dial blends with the matte grey case, doing away with traditional El Primero Defy schema and keeping it to the bare minimum – hands, indexes and subdials have all been simplified while the power reserve indicator, typically a sweep pointer device has been minimized and hidden behind a thin sliver of window. Cherry on top, the usual trappings of “automotive collaboration” have been avoided save for one (and arguably the only) matching element which a timepiece and automobile could possibly share – the weighted rotor reminiscent of the rims of the Defender.

The Defy 21 Carl Cox Limited Edition

Zenith Defy 21 Carl Cox Limited Edition --- Cortina Watch

Conceived in matte carbon fibre, the 44mm Defy 21 Carl Cox Limited Edition embodies the kind of deep-seated clubbing culture emblematic of Carl Cox’s pioneering career as an eminent DJ of the 80s and early 90s. Crown to clasp, everything is rendered in carbon fibre but it’s the bezel which one should pay special attention to – soaked in luminous, the woven strands of carbon fibre come alive under the glow of UV lights. Properly infused with light radiation, the Defy 21 Carl Cox simply stands out under low light conditions.

Zenith Defy 21 Carl Cox Limited Edition --- Cortina Watch

Zenith Defy 21 Carl Cox Limited Edition luminous --- Cortina Watch

A key design modification to the usual hyper-skeletonized dial has been made – instead of usual skeleton subdials, the dials themselves are now sub “discs” – matching the usual running seconds sub-dial which has been replaced with a spinning vinyl record which hipsters and nostalgic types will enjoy – right down to Cox’s iconic motif on the miniature central record label. What this means is that regular Defy 21 dial aesthetic where everything is visually thrown at you at once is now paced out and you’re free to discover the beating heart and running gears of the world-famous technical 1/100th of second chronograph.

Written by Jonathan Ho

Read on for more novelties updates during the LVMH Watch Week in Dubai:
Part 1 – LWMH Watch Week: Bvlgari Octo Finissimo
Part 2 – LVMH Watch Week: Bvlgari Serpenti Tourbillon & Diva Minute Repeater
Part 3 – LVMH Watch Week: Zenith Defy Moonlight & Elite Moonphase
Part 5 – LVMH Watch Week: TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition

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