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Zenith’s Defy Extreme Mirror: A Reflective Revolution in High-Performance Chronography

Zenith takes the camouflage concept to an unprecedented level with the Defy Extreme, presenting a radical transformation featuring a reflective mirrored surface....

In recent years, the trend of camouflage dials has gained significant traction, and our exploration has extended to various combat-ready models. Zenith, however, takes the camouflage concept to an unprecedented level with the Defy Extreme, presenting a radical transformation featuring a reflective mirrored surface. This rendition of their high-performance 1/100th-of-a-second chronograph represents a daring departure, seamlessly blending into its environment with a distortion-free, mirror-polished case, dial, and bracelet.

The Defy Extreme collection, unleashed in 2021, stands as the testosterone-infused sibling within the Defy family—a veritable laboratory for experimenting with novel materials on its robust, angular case. Exuding extremity in every aspect, right down to the dual regulating organs, the timekeeping regulator ticks away at an impressive 5Hz, while its chronograph counterpart whirls at a remarkable 50Hz, capturing readings at a staggering 1/100th-of-a-second. Although the technical specifications align with other Defy Extreme Chronographs, the aesthetic of the Defy Extreme Mirror mirrors, quite literally, the experience of gazing into a looking glass.

Credit: Zenith

Forged in stainless steel, the 45mm case, featuring the signature 12-sided bezel and an integrated steel bracelet, undergoes a thorough mirror-polishing process. This results in a chrome-like surface that reflects its surroundings with pristine clarity, a phenomenon previously witnessed in Zenith’s sister-brand, Bulgari.

The openworked, multi-layered dial introduces a central sapphire crystal element with a metallic mirrored finish, simultaneously translucent and reflective. To enhance legibility, the 1/100th-of-a-second chronograph scale is silver-toned and adorned with black markings, resembling those found on the three sub-dials. The rhodium-plated hour markers, hour and minute hands, and sub-dial hands (small seconds at 9 o’clock, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, and 60-second counter at 6 o’clock) are all treated with Super-LumiNova for heightened visibility. Positioned above the applied silver Zenith star at noon is the power reserve indicator, corresponding to the chronograph. Racing around the dial at a rapid one-second pace, the central chronograph hand boasts a matte finish and features the signature openworked star counterweight.

Credit: Zenith

While the spectacle of the watch is most pronounced with the integrated mirror-polished steel bracelet, the Defy Extreme Mirror provides versatility with two additional straps—a pragmatic choice given the susceptibility of a mirror-polished bracelet to scratches. The complimentary straps include one in black rubber and another in Velcro; all three options seamlessly interchange thanks to the quick-change mechanism on the back.

Propelled by the El Primero 9004, this automatic caliber incorporates independent high-frequency regulators—36,000vph/5Hz for timekeeping and an astounding 360,000vph/50Hz for the chronograph. The large star-shaped rotor, resonating in a silvery metallic tone, harmonizes with the case and dial.

Available at both physical and online boutiques, the Zenith Defy Extreme Mirror is priced at EUR 28,000 or CHF 25,900. For additional details, visit


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