Getting hands-on with the limited-edition chronograph from Zenith watches.
The DEFY 21 Collection embodies state-of-the-art design and movement technology for the Zenith watch brand, making each example release a special event for collectors and enthusiasts. Best known as the chronograph of the 21st century, the DEFY 21 culminates over 50 years of mastery of the sporty chronograph and the automatic chronograph caliber. Zenith was kind enough to lend us a limited-edition DEFY 21 Urban Jungle to experience the timepiece first-hand, and this is what we thought about it after a week on the wrist.
At first glance, the main focus of the Zenith DEFY 21 Urban Jungle design comes from the stealth-like matte Khaki green finish of the 44mm case design that ties into the theme of its wilderness vision. Along with its unique design, the DEFY 21 also features a skeletonized dial that allows for an up-close and personal view of the inner workings of the timepiece. While attending a private event held by the SAC Collective in collaboration with Beard’s Jewelry, the Zenith DEFY 21 Urban Jungle acted as a perfect conversation piece throughout the night. While the event dress attire focused more on business casual, the timepiece dresses perfectly under any style or color combination. The styling of a wristwatch teeters on a fine line on whether a piece is head-turning or conservative, and the Zenith DEFY 21 Urban Jungle blends the best of both worlds.
While luxury timepieces focus on providing individuals with everyday functions for efficiency, they are meant to be worn as a comfortable accessory that compliments any style. The Zenith DEFY 21 Urban Jungle wears exceptionally well and modest on a larger wrist size, making it the perfect option for any watch collector. One of the main reasons why the DEFY 21 Urban Jungle is so enjoyable to wear is the comfortable Khaki Green nylon-lined rubber strap, which also features a quick sizing adjustment system. Further adding to the functionality and reliability of the DEFY 21 Urban Jungle, Zenith delivered a comfort factor to the new chronograph that makes it an everyday option for any watch enthusiast.
While the design and comfort of the limited-edition Zenith DEFY 21 Urban Jungle prove to be exterior highlights of the piece, the true beauty lies behind what drives the skeletonized chronograph. The most important mechanical feature of a watch is to continue to hold time without interruptions. The quality of Zenith’s in-house El Primero movement provides a sense of security knowing that the DEFY 21 Urban Jungle will stand up to whatever is thrown its way. Alongside the simplicity of telling time, Zenith also equipped the timepiece with 60-second, power reserve supply, and central chronograph functions to the dial design. While the DEFY 21 separates itself from other Zenith examples as a true grand complication, the timepiece provides an easy-to-use and stylish experience as perfect addition to the collection. While the main focus was to tell time, our time with the Zenith DEFY 21 Urban Jungle review dove much deeper, making it an eye-opening experience behind the design and technology behind the timepiece.
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