We kick off 2023 with the first fair of the year, LVMH Watch Week, its fourth edition being held in Singapore at the luxurious and scenic Capella Hotel. Wei visits the Zenith villa and speaks to CEO Julien Tornare, to take a first look at the new novelties for the Defy Skyline Collection, the brand’s integrated bracelet watch with a multi-faceted angular geometry.
We start with the Defy Skyline Skeleton, which displays an open-worked version of the El Primero caliber 3620 SK, now with a more symmetrical architecture of the star-shaped pattern. The Defy Skyline Boutique Edition features a unique two-tone anthracite dial, engraved with rose gold-plated, four-pointed stars that recreate the night sky on the wrist. The four-pointed star re-envisions Zenith’s “double Z” logo from the 1960s. There is also a new 36mm mid-size variant, perfect for any gender, with a series of pastel-colored dials in a metallic finish and the four-pointed star motif.
Lastly, the Defy Extreme Glacier is the antithesis to last year’s Defy Extreme Desert, adding a frozen landscape to the titanium case with the use of a pale blue, semi-translucent stone called chalcedony that surrounds the pushers and bezel. The Defy Extreme is the ultimate El Primero with two separate regulating organs that beat at 50Hz for the 1/100th of a second chronograph and 5Hz for high accuracy timekeeping.