Zenith Defy Extreme 2021

Larger shell, deeper diving level and three new colors: this is replica Zenith Defy Extreme Zenith today released the latest extension of its cutting-edge, “absolutely futuristic” Defy series called Defy Extreme on Watches & Wonders. The new series is described by the manufacturer as “1/100 of the all-terrain stopwatch” and covers three models, essentially representing the most supercharged version of Defy, with a larger and more prominent outline to create a sense of wholeness. A more robust timepiece. This new series follows other important releases of the Defy series, including the Defy 21 Felipe Pantone and Defy Classic Carbon launched earlier this year.

Observing the Extreme trio carefully, we found three different execution methods of the case: black micro-sprayed titanium, blue heavy metal titanium and rose gold titanium. At first glance, these models seem to be Zenith’s response to consumers’ growing interest in rugged, one-piece bracelet sports watches, and one might even say that the 12-sided ring under the bezel of each model is The brand’s response to the increased use of octagonal shapes has been styling across the luxury sports category; for example, Zenith’s LVMH sister brand Hublot’s recently released Big Bang Integral has a similar design.

All cases are 45 mm in diameter and 15.4 mm thick-basically, as mentioned above, it is an enhanced version of the original Defy shape. The edges of each case have sharp facets, the chronograph pusher on the right has an accented guard and a large screw-in crown in the center. Each model can be used on several different integrated straps. These straps are equipped with a new “interchangeable strap system” that can quickly change the appearance of the swiss watches brands.

Like the previous Defy model, the dial under the sapphire crystal is hollowed out and shows the layout of the chronograph plate dial, including 1/100-second counter, 60-second counter and 30-minute counter, and a power reserve indicator pointing to the case. 12 o’clock position. Standard timekeeping is displayed by the running second hand and the large, partially hollowed out, hour and minute hands full of time. Despite its hollow style, the sporty dial can still be read clearly, thanks to its clever use of accent colors on the dial and luminous markers and hands.

The core of the watch is the Zenith self-winding caliber 9004, which is an upgraded version of the cheap El Primero caliber, capable of measuring chronograph intervals accurate to 1/100 second. It is achieved by using two independent escapements: one escapement has a standard frequency of 36,000 vph, which is used for regular timekeeping; the other chronograph has a frequency of 360,000 vph. The movement also has a power reserve of 50 hours, has chronometer certification, and is wound by the iconic Zenith star rotor of the Defy series. The exquisite surface treatment can be seen through the sapphire back cover, and this use illustrates the power of the watch; its case is particularly water resistant to 200 meters, which allows Defy Extreme to dive when needed.


Case: 45mm x 15.4mm titanium – full micro-blasted or brushed and polished finishing – 12-sided insert under the bezel in black titanium or polished gold – shrouded chronograph pushers – screw-down crown – sapphire crystal on both sides – 200m water resistance

Dial: Sapphire crystal dial with applied chronograph counters – large hour and minute hands – small seconds indicator – 60-seconds and 30-minute chronograph counter – central chronograph seconds hand – facetted and polished hour markers – 1/100th seconds scale

Movement: El Primero 9004 in-house caliber – chronometer certified by Time Lab – automatic winding – 53 jewels – 50h power reserve – dual regulating organ, one for timekeeping (36,000vph), one for chronograph (360,000vph) – hours, minutes, small seconds, lin\eair power reserve, chronograph with 1-second central hand for 1/100th measurement – 60-seconds and 30 minute counters

Bracelet: Micro-blasted or polished and brushed titanium bracelet – complimentary rubber and Velcro straps for each model

Reference: 97.9100.9004/02.IOO1 – micro-blasted titanium with black elements and movement plating

95.9100.9004/01.IOO1 – polished and brushed titanium with micro-blasted elements, blue movement plating

87.9100.9004/03.IOO1 – micro-blasted titanium with polished red gold elements and movement plating