Zenith’s Expanded Defy Skyline Collection Unveiled at LVMH Watch Week 2023

Zenith have expanded their Defy Skyline with 36mm and skeletonised variants. ...

The Zenith Defy Skyline has been a huge success for the brand having achieved the coveted waiting-list status in 2022. With that success, Zenith have decided to expand their Defy Skyline collection with a few tweaks here and there so let’s get into it. 

Defy Skyline Skeleton

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Openworked star dials are almost like Zenith’s signature at this point and so releasing a skeletonised version was simply a matter of time especially given that the Defy Classic Skeleton has been discontinued. This isn’t simply an openworked old Skyline, but a new piece. The date complication is gone replaced with a 1/10th of a second counter at 6 o’clock. Instead of a five-pointed star motif, it has been reduced to four to bring it more in line with the star from the original Defy’s caseback. 

You grab these in either a black or blue openworked dial both encased in stainless-steel, 41mm in diameter, with 100m of water-resistance. Bundled in with the watch is a dial-matching rubber strap with a continued star motif. Powering all of this is the always impressive in-house automatic El Primero 3620 with a 60-hour power reserve. 

These are available now for $16,600 AUD ($11,000 USD). 

Defy Skyline 36mm

Zenith have added a little more colour to their selection with the 36mm variants with pretty sharp looking blue, green, and pink dials. Interestingly, the seconds hand rotates once every 10 seconds rather than 60, something that isn’t for everyone. The central seconds hand is powered by the Elite 670 movement found in the Defy Classic rather than the modern El Primero.

These are unisex watches through and through. With a 36mm diameter, various colour options, and the option to bling up the bezel, this watch has a little something for everyone. 

Without the diamond bezel, these go for $12,800 AUD, and with diamonds for $18,100 AUD. These are available now. 


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