Baselworld 2018: Zenith presents new gravity-defying model

Watches & Jewelry


At Baselworld in 2017 Zenith unveiled the Defy El Primero 21, the only automatic chronograph with a precision to 1/100th of a second. In 2018, Zenith has further pushed the limits of watchmaking, defying the laws of gravity with the new Defy Zero G. With this model and the Defy Classic, DEFY becomes a full-fledged collection, from three-hand to Grand Complication models.

With the Defy El Primero 21 100th of a second chronograph and Defy Lab, the world’s most accurate mechanical watch oscillator, Zenith heralded the Haute Horlogerie of the future. Taking performance and precision even further, DEFY is now a complete collection with the Defy Zero G and the Defy Classic.

Performance, ultimate precision and neutralized gravity figure at the heart of the new Defy Zero G. The watch expands the collection and defies the laws of gravity with its fine-tuned and optimized patented “Gravity Control” gyroscopic module. The module cancels the effects of gravity on the running rate of the watch by maintaining the regulating organ and the balance wheel in a horizontal position.

Visible on both sides, the entirely skeletonized and black rhodium-treated movement makes a striking contrast with the light tone of the five slim branches evoking the offset Zenith star symbol. They match the case material and accentuate the dynamic architecture. A skeletonized and grey-toned high-frequency El Primero calibre is fitted with a sturdy 44mm-diameter case in titanium or pink gold.

Defy Classic / © Zenith

With its futuristic DNA, the DEFY collection welcomes the new Defy Classic, a three-hand plus date watch that features a case forged from ultra-light titanium, a blackened skeleton movement, and a star-shaped openworked dial in an elegant shade of blue. The Defy Classic is fitted with an integrated metal bracelet composed of supple links, a rubber strap coated with alligator leather, or a unistructure rubber version, radiating a blend of sporty style and modernity.