The regular fondness of vehicles and chronographs is a relationship that has for quite some time been abused with innumerable sponsorships including watch brands and quick vehicles/dashing occasions. Zenith and the well known British maker Land Rover snared in 2016 and from that point forward an assortment of watches have denoted this partnership: the tough yet downplayed El Primero Range Rover model with cautious Range Rover marking of 2016, continued in 2017 with this Range Rover Velar Special Edition and a skeletonised edition in 2018, the Zenith Defy Classic Range Rover . For 2020, Zenith chose to devote a watch to the new Land Rover Defender, a completely overhauled upmarket SUV. The model chose for this errand comes from the El Primero Defy 21 family, prestigious for its 1/100th of a second chronograph development and twin escapements. How about we investigate the new covertness clad Defy El Primero 21 Land Rover, a restricted edition of 250 watches.
Defying and Defending, or how two brands overhauled a symbol for the new era
1969 saw the dispatch of Zenith’s high-accuracy programmed chronograph development , initiated as the El Primero. Beating at 5Hz, the El Primero development has become something of a superstar all through its fifty continuous long stretches of life. In 2017, Zenith chose it needed to build the cachet of the El Primero and make another development in accordance with 21st-century mechanical assumptions. The appropriate response was the Defy El Primero 21 with its rapid focal chronograph hand dashing around the dial once each subsequent account slipped by times with 1/100th of a subsequent precision. Outfitted with not one, but rather two separate escapements, one for the watch beating at the exemplary speed of the El Primero (5Hz) and the other for the chronograph beating at 50Hz, the Defy El Primero 21 was first declined in a more exemplary shut dial form and from that point forward has showed up in various skeletonised variants, including this customized model for DJ Carl Cox .
Unveiled in 2019 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the new Land Rover Defender replaces the notorious Land Rover Defender (brought into the world in 1948 and cut out in 2016) and its famous 70-year, 4×4 off-street profession. Sparking controversy among some for deserting its military/utilitarian roots and taking on board extravagance innovative thingamabobs and spoiled styling, the new Defender is more in accordance with the upmarket Range Rover and obliges urbanites with a desire for an intermittent adventure.
In a way, both the Defy El Primero 21 and the new Land Rover Defender are tidied up adaptations of legends offering exceptional execution limits yet most likely once in a while utilized for their proposed reason. How often do you need to time something to 1/100th of a second? How frequently would you say you are truly going to uncover your EUR 90,000 Defender to abandon sands or Alpin muds? Nonetheless, there is consistently that consoling inclination that simply in the event that you wind up in a blizzard in Siberia or are approached to time an Olympic occasion, you have all the treats ready and could theoretically confront any circumstance/environment.
Defy El Primero 21 Land Rover
Emulating the matte metallic paint of the new Land Rover Defender, the 44mm x 14.50mm case, caseback, bezel, pushers and crown are totally produced using titanium and miniature impacted to accomplish a matte, uniform, non-intelligent surface. A scramble of orange on the crown gives a welcome piece of difference to the monochromatic grey.
Handling the watch is very pleasurable, it is lightweight and the matte dim surfaces make the watch look much more modest than its 44mm breadth would recommend. The engineering of the case holds its monobloc base, a raised round bezel and coordinated drags. Water-impervious to profundities of 100m yet incredibly lightweight, the case combines the rough yet comfortable way of thinking of the Land Rover Defender.
As contradicted to the occupied openworked dials of the Defy 21 family, the shut dial of this model promptly improves decipherability and is a far superior answer for a watch of these rapid attributes. The skeletonised models may be tremendous to take a gander at, yet they are mischievously hard to peruse. Another inquisitive (however pleasant) detail is that there is no Land Rover marking on the dial.
With the presence of the super-quick focal chronograph hand, Zenith needed to modify the dial show. Not at all like the first El Primero chronograph, the El Primero Defy 21 family substitutes the tachymeter for a 1/100th of a subsequent counter, and rather than the 12h counter at 6 o’clock has a 60-second slipped by time counter. Another distinction from past Defy 21 models is the reshaped power hold pointer. Once in the past a curved formed pointer just under 12 o’clock, the upgraded one is straight with white and orange markings. Orange is likewise used to feature the chronograph pointers and differences well with the monochrome dim while the markers and engravings are white. The Defy El Primero 21 Land Rover comes with a coordinated coordinating dark elastic tie with a decorated tiled example in its middle and a subsequent dim elastic/texture tie with orange sewing, both appended to the wrist with a titanium twofold collapsing clasp.
Accelerating from 5Hz to 50Hz
Tucked under a five-spoked rotor is Zenith’s noteworthy programmed twin escapement motor, type El Primero 9004. As you can envision, a chronograph with a 50Hz recurrence is a force guzzler. To abstain from exhausting the force hold by quickening the chronograph, the Defy El Primero 21 depends on a double equilibrium design: one of the escapements beating at 5Hz/36,000vph (much the same as the first 1969 El Primero) is committed to keeping the hours, minutes and seconds in a state of harmony while the subsequent escapement, beating at 50Hz/360,000vph, is given solely to the chronograph. Each equilibrium has its own transmission and escapement framework, and there is no coupling grip. This implies that two barrels are essential and the crown can be gone clockwise to charge the chronograph and counterclockwise to charge the watch. For a top to bottom clarification of the development, kindly counsel Brice’s article, complete with video, here .
As referenced, there is no Land Rover marking on the dial. All things considered, the five-spoked rotor is intended to bring out the composite wheels of the Land Rover Defender and the word Land Rover is included on one of the spokes and on the lower part of the caseback.
The uniform matte dim case, dial and lash make a tight secrecy temperament. A watch with contemporary 21st-century looks and mechanical limits, the matte sandblasted titanium surfaces give the watch a cool, specialized feel. Adequately cautious to maintain a strategic distance from radar recognition, the lines of the bodywork are spotless, and the general impact is one of rich moderation. Like the ergonomic seats inside the Land Rover Defender, the titanium case ends up being incredibly comfortable on the wrist. Another positive part of this shut dial look after the skeletonised variants is that you can really peruse the time, the slipped by times and appreciate the rapid revolutions of the chronograph hand.
Availability and price
The Zenith Defy El Primero 21 Land Rover (ref. 97.9000.9004/01.R787) is a restricted edition of 250 pieces and retails for EUR 13,700. More data at zenith-watches.com .