Last year, Zenith shook up the fine watchmaking industry with the DEFY 21 Ultraviolet, which features the world’s first violet-colored chronograph movement. Now, the Swiss watch brand applies the same striking effect in cool tones of deep indigo and electric blue in the DEFY 21 Ultrablue.
The color blue was the backdrop to the starry night sky from which Zenith’s founder Georges-Favre Jacot was inspired to name his award-winning caliber and eventually, his brand. It was one of the defining colors of the A386, one of the first watches to be fitted with the legendary El Primero automatic high-frequency chronograph caliber. Blue color has been extensively explored by the Manufacture in its most intricate watches, becoming a mark of futuristic Haute Horlogerie by Zenith.
The partially open dial of the DEFY 21 Ultrablue features slightly overlapping closed chronograph counters, finished in a grey tone matching the deep grey of the case with contrasting white markings. The vividly blue movement is emphasized by the DEFY 21’s movement conception and design with open and angular bridges. A white-tipped central 1/100th of a second chronograph hand makes a complete revolution above the dial in one second.
Allowing the blue bridges of the movement to truly stand out, the faceted 44mm titanium case of the watch receives an entirely matte sandblasted finish, bringing out its darker metallic elements and absorbing much of the light that hits its surface. The timepiece comes on a black rubber strap that features a blue cordura-effect rubber insert with tone-matching stitching.
The DEFY 21 Ultrablue is available at Zenith Boutiques around the world as well as its regional online boutiques.