Cool Radiance: Zenith Reveals Three New DEFY Timepieces with Ice Blue Dials

The luxury watch brand’s new DEFY ice blue models are a modern collection steeped in the watchmaker’s rich history
Cool Radiance: Zenith Reveals Three New DEFY Timepieces with Ice Blue Dials
July 3, 2023
Cool Radiance: Zenith Reveals Three New DEFY Timepieces with Ice Blue Dials

In the world of technology, we often wonder, ‘Now, what’s next?’ If we look at the world of automobiles, the future is certainly ‘electric’ as every automobile manufacturer seems to be making its own brand of EVs. So, what about timepieces? What’s next? The answer: Colours. In keeping with this forecast, Zenith has now unveiled three new DEFY watches — one with a 41 mm (Ref. 03.9300.3620/15.I001) case and an ice blue dial, and two 36 mm timepieces with ice blue dials (Ref. 03.9400.670/15.I001 and Ref. 16.9400.670/15.I001, sporting a diamond bezel). Call them the three musketeers of the luxury watch world, if you will. 

Zenith has introduced three exclusive boutique editions of the DEFY Skyline timepiece. Featuring striking ice blue dials, these new additions in 41mm and 36mm sizes are designed to beat the summer heat.

When it comes to dials, blue seems to be the new black or white for that matter. Take, for example, the recent launches like Czapek Antarctique Passage de Drake Glacier Blue, Hublot Big Bang Integral Sky Blue Ceramic, and Montblanc 1858 Iced Sea Automatic Date — they all feature striking blue dials. Zenith’s new DEFY ice blue models are a modern collection steeped in the watchmaker’s rich history.

Alongside these captivating timepieces, Zenith has also unveiled a comprehensive strap service on its online boutique, allowing customers to personalize their watches with ease.

Each of the three 41 mm and 36 mm stainless steel timepieces comes with an octagonal case, a dodecagonal bezel, and a stainless steel crown at 3 o’clock, inspired by the earliest DEFY wristwatches from 1969. The dial of the new DEFY collection gets a metallic ice blue tone with an engraved pattern, consisting of four-pointed stars on a sunray-patterned metallic dial base. The collection’s date window at 3 o’clock and the 1/10th of a second subdial at 9 o’clock match the dial colour for the 41 mm model. Only the 36 mm variant gets a date window with or without 52 VVS brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel.

The latest Boutique Edition of the DEFY Skyline showcases a cool and invigorating ice blue tone, reminiscent of clear blue skies and serene waters.

The 41 mm model also comes with a black minute track on the outer periphery of the dial while the outer tips of the hour markers are suspended over the minute track. The large, faceted hour markers get ruthenium plating with a coating of Super-LumiNova. The central hour and minute hands have a black centre line, also with Super-LumiNova. The hand of the 1/10 subdial rotates in 10 seconds and each second is clearly divided into 10 segments. On the other hand, the 36 mm version gets a central second hand that touches the minute track with Zenith’s ‘Star’ logo; you can spot rhodium-plated hour markers with Super-LumiNova. 

As part of the launch, Zenith is introducing a convenient strap service on its online boutique. This service allows customers to browse and purchase a selection of compatible straps, catering to their preferences in terms of color, size, and buckle type.

Powering the 41 mm model is a high-frequency, automatic, self-winding Calibre El Primero 3620 with 60 hours of power reserve and 5Hz frequency. The 36 mm variant gets the Elite 670 movement with 50 hours of power reserve. Both automatic manufacture calibres feature star-shaped oscillating weights that can be viewed through the sapphire display casebacks.

While previous Zenith Boutique Editions have showcased deep blue tones inspired by the night sky, the DEFY Skyline introduces a refreshing twist with its metallic ice blue dial. The dial features an engraved pattern of four-pointed stars, shimmering against the sunray-patterned metallic base.

The watches are finished on stainless steel bracelets with satin-brushed surfaces and polished edges with the option of an ice blue rubber strap with a starry sky pattern and a stainless steel folding clasp. The watches come with Zenith’s own quick release system for easy interchangeability of straps, consisting of secure buttons on the caseback. The 41 mm model is exclusive to Zenith’s boutiques and the 36 mm version can be purchased online or from boutiques. 

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