LAND ROVER AND ZENITH CREATE THE ‘DEFY 21 EDITION’ WATCH TO CELEBRATE NEW DEFENDER
Land Rover and Zenith have collaborated to make a special edition watch known as the ‘Defy 21 Edition’, celebrating the reimagining of the Land Rover Defender as a motoring icon for the 21st century.
The Defy 21 Edition watch shares many of the same characteristics as the new Land Rover Defender: Modern, durable and highly desirable. Land Rover and Zenith have been working together for the past four years. The Defy 21 edition watch is the latest to come from the partnership.
“For the next chapter in our partnership with Zenith we wanted a timepiece that captured the essence of the new Land Rover Defender: modern, durable and highly desirable. With subtle details that capture the character of the new defender, this for me is the best timepiece we have created with Zenith”
-Professor Gerry Mcgovern OBE, Land Rover Chief Creative Officer
The Defy 21 Land Rover edition has a raw and minimalistic look, a complete redesign of Zenith’s 21st century chronograph. The Defy 21 Land Rover edition has a special micro-blasted titanium case which absorbs light from every angle to better accentuate its surfaces, it is both striking and stealth-like.
“Like the El Primero and its numerous versions through the years, the Land Rover Defender now enters a new era with a bold and distinctive character. Zenith’s Defy 21 Land Rover Edition chronograph also reinterets the past in a forward-looking way, with an emphasis on durability, precision, comfort and bold design.”
-Julien Tornare, CEO Zenith
A change from the standard versions of the Defy 21, the Defy 21 Land Rover Edition’s dial is a muted matte grey colour which makes it seem as though the dial and case are as one, offering a different look to the open-dial standard versions of the Defy 21. Orange and white accents add contrast to the display, as do the specially crafted skeleton hands. The power reserve display for the 1/100sec chronograph i executed in the form of a linear window rather than a hand.
The custom oscillating weight case back takes the form of a miniaturized five-spoke Land Rover wheel, the specially engraved case back also offers a view of the El Primero 21 1/100sec. The Defy 21 Land Rover Edition comes with two straps; the grey rubber strap with a fabric effect and orange known as the ‘Country’ strap. The second strap “Adventure” is an all-terrain textured rubber-tyre like design.
Land Rover and Zenith have collaborated previously to create the Defy Classic Evoque watches, Chronomaster El Primero Range Rover Velar and the El Primero Range Rover.