Zenith DEFY Skyline 36mmJanuary 18, 2023
The Zenith DEFY Skyline watch is now available in a 36mm version, keeping the angular form of the original while introducing more modest, unisex proportions.
The mid-size DEFY Skyline comes in three dial colours. The first is the same metallic deep blue found in the 41mm version, while the other two take on totally new tones in the DEFY line.
These pastel tones, in pink or green, have a metallic base that is polished then satin-brushed, with rays radiating from the applied ZENITH five-pointed star at the top of the dial. The geometrical pattern consists of engraved four-pointed stars inspired by the Zenith “double Z” logo of the 1960s.
Adding more architectural depth, the raised and sloped chapter ring takes on the same dodecagonal form as the bezel. Perfectly integrated, the date wheels are done in colours matched to the dials.
Available with or without brilliant-cut white diamonds on the bezel, the mid-size DEFY Skyline retains the faceted steel case and twelve-sided bezel of its larger counterpart. Intended as a watch for all occasions and situations, its screw-down crown ensures a water-resistance of 10 ATM (100 metres).
The mid-size version of the Zenith DEFY Skyline watch is powered by the Elite 670 automatic manufacture movement, which has been decorated with a sleek and modern grey finish, with a rotor in the shape of an open star. This 28,800 VpH self-winding calibre provides a power reserve of 50 hours when fully wound. The quick strap-change mechanism on the case back allows for easy swapping between the steel bracelet and the starry sky-patterned rubber strap with folding clasp.
As a central part of its new releases for LVMH Watch Week 2023, Zenith is expanding its Defy Skyline series, which first made an appearance at last year’s edition of the show. Zenith’s Skyline collection is the brand’s modern reinterpretation of its original Defy watches that first appeared in 1969, and they offer a thoroughly contemporary take on the Defy’s signature angular aesthetic. Debuting alongside a new skeletonized model powered by a high-frequency movement is a lineup of mid-size versions of the Zenith DEFY Skyline watch that offer the collection’s signature geometric case and integrated bracelet design inside a more compact 36mm package.