Another watch released through LVMH watch week is the Zenith Defy 21 Urban Jungle which is where the case of the watch is entirely made of green ceramic. Luckily, for a lot of people this watch is not a limited edition watch and also has El Primero 9004 automatic movement which is an incredible movement especially for a watch like this.
The movement is a definite upgrade from their El Primero chronograph movement from 1969 which increases the precision from 1/10th of a second to 1/100th of a second. If this is not impressive enough, Zenith had to equip twin escapements to regulate the movement and to counter the energy consumption of 50hz. The timekeeping of the watch is regulated by one escapement while the chronograph functions are being regulated by the second escapement each running at their own frequency. This movement is also equipped with two barrels which has a power reserve of 50 hours. It has a small seconds indicator, 30-minute register and a 60-seconds register and also has a power reserve indicator on the watch. Although it might be a bit difficult to see or read due to the skeleton style the watch dial is presented, the only issue would be the small seconds indicator at the 9 o’clock position as it does blend in a bit too much with the movement.
The watch comes in a green ceramic case with a case size of 44m and has a skeleton style dial. To match the colour of the case it is paired with a black rubber strap with a green cordura effect as it continues the jungle theme and with a titanium folding clasp. The hour indices as well as the hour and minute hands as well as the seconds hands are all luminous. The watch has a water resistance of 100m and also features an exhibition caseback with an open star shape in the same colour as the green ceramic case. It comes with sapphire crystal for both the dial as well as the caseback for the watch.
Although this is not particularly my taste in watches it is interesting to see that ceramic has now become even more popular with watchmakers. I would love to see more white or black ceramic watches as the colour contrast of a ceramic dial in comparison to stainless steel is a much more calming and appealing look in my opinion. I am very exciting to see what other watches Zenith will continue to make especially with their legendary El Primero movement. The watch is priced at 14,400 CHF or $16,169.