ZENITH revealed third special edition watch commemorating an Extreme E race that will compete in South America for the first time at the Antofagasta Minerals Copper X Prix in Chile (24 – 25 September). Limited to 20 pieces, the DEFY Extreme E Copper X Prix combines carbon fibre and titanium with earthy tones that are inspired by the copper mines of the region, and incorporates recycled and upcycled elements from the championship.
The DEFY Extreme E Copper X Prix is based on the DEFY Extreme Carbon, the world’s lightest and most robust 1/100th of a second automatic high-frequency chronograph. It is crafted in lightweight yet highly durable carbon fibre, including the crown and chronograph pushers. Emphasizing the boldly angular geometry of the case, the pusher protectors as well as the twelve-sided bezel are made in microblasted titanium. The new watch uses upcycled elements from the championship with the back-to-back races’ official colour of warm coppery-brown.
The open multi-layered dial includes tinted sapphire crystal elements, garnished with coppery-brown accents. Partially visible through the dial as well as the sapphire case back is the fastest automatic high-frequency chronograph calibre in production, offering 1/100th of a second time measurements, with two escapements independently beating at 5Hz (36’000 VpH) for the timekeeping part and 50Hz (360’000 VpH) for the chronograph function. The movement is also visible through the sapphire display back, emblazoned with the Copper X Prix logo.
The DEFY Extreme E Copper X Prix comes with a rubber strap infused with materials of upcycled Continental CrossContact tires that were used in the first season’s races. The Velcro strap features a black rubber central element surrounded by a brown cordura-effect rubber inlay. The timepiece is delivered with two additional straps in black rubber and black Velcro, which can be easily swapped without any tools by using the case back’s ingenious and intuitive quick strap-change mechanism.
The new DEFY Extreme E watch is housed in a suitably sturdy waterproof and crushproof watch case. The case’s lid coating is made from E-grip recycled tires, while the plate covering is made from parts of an Extreme E racing tarpaulin.
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