Zenith and Valencia-based artist Felipe Pantone teamed up once again to create the DEFY Extreme Felipe Pantone, a limited edition of 100 pieces available exclusively at ZENITH physical and online boutiques.
Made entirely in mirror-polished stainless steel, the DEFY Extreme Felipe Pantone case features dodecagonal bezel, that together with the chronograph’s pusher protectors, is crafted in translucent blue YAS (yttrium aluminosilicate), a crystalline glass material comparable to synthetic sapphire. The four corners of the case are engraved with “FP#1”, a coded signature for “Felipe Pantone El Primero”. The timepiece comes with a translucent blue silicone strap. A fully polished steel bracelet as well as black Velcro strap are also included and can be easily swapped with the push of a button on the case back.
When looking down at the dial, its sapphire elements appear translucent and metallic. But if you turn it slightly towards the light, a spark of colors and geometric patterns appear. The dial of the DEFY Extreme Felipe Pantone is garnished with color gradients. Using a transparent sapphire disk as the dial’s base, a creative physio-chemical process is used to make some hidden micro-engraved patterns that are just 100 nanometres deep. This innovative process gives the sapphire an iridescent effect, reflecting different colors that shift with the angle of light while making the patterns visible. This element marks the first time that Felipe Pantone’s aesthetic is applied to sapphire crystal.
The hour and minute hands as well as the movement use the same three-dimensional PVD technique as was prominently featured in the DEFY 21 Felipe Pantone’s movement, reflecting a perfectly transitioning gradient of metallic rainbow tones. While this innovative process has been standardized, each set of hands will take on slightly different colors, essentially making each watch a unique work of art. The chronograph’s minute counter features a graduated scale of colors, where each minute is segmented by a different tone. The chronograph’s second counter is done in very fine concentric black and white lines.
The El Primero 1/100th of a second automatic high-frequency chronograph beating within has also received a distinctly Felipe Pantone makeover. The open star-shaped oscillating weight is finished in the same gradient rainbow 3D PVD as the hands. The El Primero 21 features an efficient construction of two independently driven regulating organs, beating at 50Hz and 5Hz for the chronograph function and timekeeping respectively, ensuring that the use of the chronograph has no effect on the timekeeping precision of the watch.
The DEFY Extreme Felipe Pantone is delivered in a box that is shaped like an art book, with a design by Pantone modeled after his “PLANNED IRIDESCENCE” series. It is decorated with the same iridescent effect as the watch’s dial.
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