With the Defy Extreme Tourbillon, Zenith launches its most advanced and complicated chronograph movement to date. This high-frequency haute horlogerie chronograph beats at the rate of 360’000 VpH and can thus measure the 1/100th of a second. It is also equipped with two independent tourbillon mechanisms. While the one in charge for the time keeping completes one rotation in 60 seconds, the tourbillon of the chronograph mechanism revolves in five seconds, which is a first in the world of high horology.
The DEFY Extreme Double Tourbillon’s angular case measures 45mm wide and is available in two executions. The first is crafted entirely in titanium with a mix of satin-brushed, polished and matte surfaces, including the bracelet. The second is executed in carbon fiber and sports a sandblasted matte rose gold twelve-sided bezel, pusher protectors, and is presented on black textured rubber strap. Its open dial, with applied chronograph counters and tinted transparent sapphire elements, allows for an unobstructed view of the movement and its two tourbillon mechanisms with star-shaped cages.
The self-winding and chronometer-certified El Primero 9020 manufacture movement, which amasses a power reserve of 50 hours for the watch and 50 minutes for the chronograph, takes on an equally modern look and plays with contrasts. Its open and satin-brushed bridges are coated in a layer of black PVD, with the edges highlighted in rose gold color.
Pricing for the Zenith Defy Extreme Tourbillon is marked at $79,700 for the carbon and rose gold model, and $69,600 for the brushed titanium version. Both executions are delivered with two additional straps.
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