Zenith pairs violet color with the highest-frequency chronograph in regular production. A world-first in watchmaking, Swiss watch manufacturer has treated an automatic chronograph movement in the regal, opulent tones of violet. The result is the DEFY 21 Ultraviolet which is fitted with the revolutionary 1/100thof a second El Primero 21 chronograph caliber beating at an incredible frequency of 50Hz.
In past centuries, violet was the most sought-after color dye for garments, the production of which was a closely held secret by certain civilizations such as the Phoenicians. Its rarity and compelling beauty contributed to it being associated with royalty, power and wealth for centuries. In fact, Queen Elizabeth I forbade anyone except close members of the royal family to wear it. Today, violet tones portray a sense of daring, confidence and whimsy, from sports cars to bespoke tailoring. Yet in the world of watchmaking, violet remains a rarity…until now.
Visible through the open dial, which features three grey chronograph registers and a grey flange ring, the vibrant violet movement is accentuated by the DEFY 21’s uniquely avant-garde movement conception and design with open, angular bridges.
A white-tipped central 1/100th of a second chronograph hand makes a complete revolution above the dial in one second. The DEFY 21 Ultraviolet is the first stand-alone DEFY 21 with an open dial paired with closed chronograph counters.
To make the purple-treated bridges of the movement to truly stand out while providing a more striking contrast, the faceted 44mm case of the DEFY is given an entirely matte sandblasted finish, bringing out the darker metallic nuances of titanium.