zenith defy porto cervo closeup



Zenith’s ever-so-limited Defy El Primero 21 Porto Cervo edition, a chronograph boasting the emblematic colours of the Mediterranean, gives your wrist a summertime twist.

During the peak time of the year, towns and villages along the shores of the Deep Blue become the absolute place-to-be. Saint Tropez is one of them, Porto Cervo, in Sardinia, another. It is in this blue-sky-, blue-sea-kissed beach resort that Zenith dropped anchor and set up an ephemeral pop-up store, open until 8 September, which accompanies the launch of a 25-piece, aquatic-toned limited series. The Defy El Primero 21 Porto Cervo bedazzles with a 44 mm-diameter titanium case inspired by the one found in the original 1970s El Primero models. An ever-so pure white ceramic bezel encircles a skeleton dial-enhanced scenography. Delicate touches of blue on the crown, the indexes and the hands boost its wondrous summery style. The power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock, the discreet small seconds at 9 o’clock and the chronograph totalizers play with the axes of symmetry and harmoniously balance this open-worked composition which centre stages the mechanical craftsmanship.

zenith defy porto cervo closeupThe time displays and the 1/100th of a second short-cycle time measurement are driven by an El Primero self-winding movement. Loyal descendant of the calibre from 1969, the 9004 is equipped with a dual escapement and offers over 50 hours’ power reserve.

Flaunt the Defy El Primero 21 Porto Cervo with its white rubber strap covered with blue alligator at café terraces, cocktail parties, summer galas…

Price: EUR12,600 zenith.com

By Dan Diaconu