Dating back to 1865, Zenith has been creating innovative time pieces, driven by the passion for developing accurate and reliable watches. In 1969 Zenith became the first brand to develop a high-frequency automatic integrated column-wheel chronograph that beats at 36,000 vibrations an hour.
The Zenith Defy Zero G watch is exceptional due to the revolutionary escapement which is designed to maintain both the escapement and balance wheel upright at all times, whatever the position of the watch so that it keeps better time unaffected by a change in the direction of gravity.
"The entirely skeletonised movement : El Primero 8812 S with "Gravity Control" gyroscopic module that ensures horizontal positioning of the regulating organ now occupies only 30% of its initial volume."
Movement: El Primero 8812 S, Manual.
Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz).
Power reserve: min. 50 hours.
Hours and minutes excentred at 12 o'clock.
Self-regulating Gravity Control module at 6 o'clock.
Small seconds at 9 o'clock.
Power-reserve indication at 2 o'clock.
Material: Brushed titanium.
Diameter: 44 mm.
Water-resistance: 10 ATM.
Dial: Open worked with one different-coloured counter.
Strap: Black Rubber with blue alligator leather coating.
Clasp: Titanium double folding clasp.
Zenith SA is a Swiss luxury watchmaker. The company was started in 1865 by Georges Favre-Jacot at the age of 22, in Le Locle in the canton of Neuchâtel. Zenith was purchased by LVMH in November 1999, becoming one of several brands in its watch and Jewellery division which includes TAG Heuer and Hublot. Zenith is one of the Swiss watch manufacturers that still produce their own movements in-house.
The El Primero calibre was first released in 1969, went out of production in 1975 and was resurrected in 1986. It was one of the first automatic chronograph movements and has a frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour (5 Hz). Zenith's El Primero movement was used by Rolex from 1988 to 2000 for the Rolex Daytona chronograph. The El Primero movement's high rate allows a resolution of 1⁄10 of a second and a potential for greater positional accuracy over the more common standard frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz). The El Primero was honoured with a 2012 release of the El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th, limited to 1,969 pieces (in honour of the original 1969 release date), that housed the same 36,000 vph movement and a sub-dial measuring in tenths of a second to make a complete rotation every ten seconds.
Not only does this watch appeal to even the biggest watch snobs, it also looks absolutely magnificent on your wrist. Though it does come with a high end price tag. One for serious watch aficionados and collectors or if you just want one terrific watch to wear for all occasions.
Zenith Defy Zero G: £82,600