Swiss watchmaker Zenith and a famous watch content publisher Time+Tide unveiled an exclusive Defy Classic Skeleton model nicknamed the “Night Surfer”. Limited to 100 pieces, 50 models will be allocated to Time+Tide and 50 pieces will hit the shelves of Zenith boutiques around the world.
The vertical gradient dial and Zenith logo are inspired by the Australian night sky and an “evening star” – the only visible star in the Southern Hemisphere. The Night Surfer dial is framed by a desaturated matt black bezel.
The watch incorporates several premieres for the brand including the first microblasted titanium bracelet in a Zenith Defy Classic model. The timepiece is the first Zenith model to have a star logo comprised of solid Super-LumiNova® and the first Defy Classic Skeleton with a gradient dial. It’s also the first Defy Classic Skeleton with a luminous date frame that allows the day’s date on the skeletonized date wheel to be backlit at night, enabling legibility.
I have spent many years travelling to and from Australia, and this model, for me, really captures what is special about the place, and the power of the natural elements there: The vividness of the sky, the brightness of the evening star, which is presented here as the Zenith logo in luminous material for the first time. It is fitting that I can connect with our Aussie collaborators, Time+Tide, in person to launch this special model. – Julien Tornare, Zenith CEO
The watch includes all the existing attributes of the Defy Classic Skeleton 41mm like 100 meters water-resistance, a stunning exhibition caseback offering a view of the Elite 670SK calibre, and a featherlight weight of just 95 grams on the wrist. A lug-to-lug measurement of 45mm, coupled with a height of a mere 11.4mm defies any categorizations.