Zenith’s next limited edition is a watch created in partnership with our friends from watch website, Time+Tide. Created based on the brand’s beloved Defy Classic Skeleton, the watch features a 41mm microblasted titanium case paired with a bracelet in the same material and treatment.
Of course, the big talking point of the Defy range are the movements that beat within these watches. For this instance, it’s the 4Hz (28,800 VpH) Elite 670 SK automatic movement, which you have a view thanks to the signature skeleton dial.
In the instance of the dial, this is the first time the brand has applied a vertical gradient on the skeletonized treatment. The color in of itself takes inspiration from the night sky that you would see walking on the beach after hours, or if you so fancy, if you were to stay out on the surf afterhours. Hence the moniker, “Night Surfer”.
Says Zenith CEO, Julien Tornare, “I have spent many years travelling to and from Australia, and this model, for me, really captures what is special about the place, and the power of the natural elements there: The vividness of the sky, the brightness of the evening star, which is presented here as the Zenith logo in luminous material for the first time. It is fitting that I can connect with our Aussie collaborators, Time+Tide, in person to launch this special model.”
That evening star that Mr Tornare refers to, of course, doubles up as the star in Zenith’s logo. Here it’s an applied one in SuperLuminova to add to the “Night Surfer” scenery. Says Andrew McUtchen, founder of Time+Tide, “It’s no secret that the Defy Classic Skeleton is an underrated model on the market, and in the Night Surfer we have sought to highlight its many qualities. The watch’s high polished, gradient, luminous, layered and matt elements give the Defy Classic Skeleton a new way to shine. The results speak for themselves, and are a credit to the creative and production team at Zenith, led by the extraordinary Romain Marietta. This was a tough brief – capture a totally magical natural moment in a timepiece – and he and his team have absolutely crushed it.”
The Zenith x Time+Tide Defy Classic Skeleton “Night Surfer” is a limited edition of 100 pieces, with 50 pieces to be sold through Time+Tide and 50 pieces sold through Zenith’s boutiques around the world.