Zenith expands its iconic DEFY Series with the new Defy Zero G Sapphire and the Defy 21 Tourbillon Sapphire, two of its most cutting-edge haute horlogerie calibers, entirely visible through sapphire cases. These two creations use new and previously unheard-of decoration methods. All the movement’s components are treated with blue PVD. The inscriptions as well as decorative elements like miniature stars are carefully engraved onto the bridges, after which, the chamfered edges of the bridges are precisely finished with a rhodium colored PVD.
Defy Zero-G Sapphire features the off-cantered, open-worked “Starry Night” dial with an aventurine and meteorite hour/minute center and a small seconds inspired by planet Mars. Only visible when the watch is overhead is the back of the gyroscopic module, fashioned with a cratered texture mimicking the moon. The entire main plate and bridges of the movement are painted in a blue tone with contrasting metallic-grey chamfers, speckled with white stars of varying sizes. The timepiece brings space travel to the wrist with the El Primero 8812 S manual movement with the new Gravity Control mechanism, which contains a gimbal to maintain the balance and spring in a flat position to overcome gravity’s effects on chronometric precision.
The Defy 21 Tourbillon Sapphire takes Zenith’s star motif to the next level, with dial-side bridges engraved with stars and a bright blue main plate visible through the skeleton dial. Within, the El Primero 9020 with 1/100th of a second chronograph is powered by two independent tourbillons. The time-keeping tourbillon makes a full rotation in 60 seconds while the chronograph’s tourbillon does so in only 5 seconds. The main plate of the movement is finished in a blue PVD tone, a first for Zenith.
The Defy Zero-G Sapphire and Defy 21 Tourbillon Sapphire will be produced as a limited edition of 10 pieces each and will retail for $159,700 and $180,300, respectively.
20 owners of these exclusive timepieces have a chance to participate in an unforgettable zero-gravity flight experience in February 2022 launching from Novespace in Bordeaux, France with the help of French Astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy. The flight will consist of 15 parabolas, where the airplane ascends than plunges in a freefall to reproduce the effect of floating in weightlessness in a perceived absence of gravity.