Simply launched for LVMH Watch Week is the brand new Zenith Defy Skyline, a brand new metal sports activities watch that serves as one thing of a follow-up to the runaway success Chronomaster Sport. Zenith units the Defy Skyline aside with a brand new motion characterised by a quick-paced 1/tenth second sub-dial in a package deal designed for widespread attraction and mainstream success. Taking bracelet and octagonal case cues from the Defy Traditional and including a classic Defy dodecagonal bezel, the Defy Skyline presents a compelling — if not wholly authentic — new entry into the four-figure sports activities watch market.
My first remark once I picked up the Defy Skyline is simply how well-finished all the package deal is. The alternating brushed and polished finishes are top-notch, as are the dial and motion. As a complete, I can say with out hyperbole that it’s on par with choices from hype (and never so hype) watches that promote for considerably greater than the worth of the Defy Skyline. I believe LVMH has a robust appreciation of the facility of first impressions, and the Defy Skyline is an ideal instance of this in play. Spinoff design be damned, that is a lot look ahead to the cash.
I received my palms on the black dial variant, but it surely additionally is available in blue and silver. One thing I get pleasure from when dealing with a model new watch within the steel is that, oftentimes, the press releases aren’t prepared, so I uncover sure particulars alone. What I initially thought was a tapisserie or waffle sample on the dial revealed itself because the four-pointed star repeating sample beneath the magnification of a loupe. This dial work, properly utilized indices, and Zenith star brand, giant legible palms, and, sure, matching date window come collectively in one of the simplest ways. And that 1/tenth seconds subdial (which is pushed immediately from the escapement) transferring at its fast tempo is a subject of dialog for those who’d prefer it to be and fairly simply ignored in any other case, like every seconds subdial. The GIF I created offers an correct illustration of the way it appears to be like in motion.
Measuring 41mm-wide and nearly 11.2mm-thick, the Defy Skyline is fairly ideally sized for modern patrons. The screw-down crown helps make sure the 100m of water resistance so that you don’t have to fret about swimming with it both. It wears very comfortably on the wrist with some first rate heft and excellent weight distribution. The Defy Skyline bracelet is completed with glorious chamfered and polished edges that seamlessly echo the case and, whereas a micro-adjust would make it actually good, the butterfly clasp feels good and safe.
LVMH is aware of the way to do a quick-change bracelet/strap system, and that proficiency is on full show right here. The pushers on the caseback are simple to make use of, and reattaching is completed by merely clicking it again in. It’s intuitive and feels safe, which is about all one can ask for. All that is to say that along with the chrome steel bracelet, the Defy Skyline additionally comes with an identical rubber strap that has smooth strains framing the matching star sample working down the middle. The strap is supple, light-weight, and comfy with a metal folding clasp, as properly. The strap you see right here is black, however the blue dial comes with a blue strap and the silver dial comes with an olive inexperienced strap.
The Zenith Defy Skyline debuts the brand new El Primero 3620 motion, which has a really related structure to the El Primero 3600 1/tenth second motion we noticed within the Chronomaster Sport. With a traditional El Primero frequency of 36,000 vph, the 3620 has a 60-hour energy reserve. It additionally boasts hacking seconds and a silicon escape wheel and lever. It’s all topped off with a star-shaped rotor that ties the visible themes collectively.
The metal sports activities watch market has been ravaged by shortage and hype, leaving so many fanatics irritated and uncared for in its wake. With the Defy Skyline, LVMH and Zenith have created a totally thought-out true luxurious sports activities watch that doesn’t lower corners and has precise distinctive horological chops. May the design be seen as by-product? Certain, however there are additionally loads of elements which might be distinctly Zenith. With a worth of $8,400, the Zenith Defy Skyline is greater than pretty priced and can inevitably be a business success, and deservedly so. You possibly can study extra at zenith-watches.com.