Zenith kicks off LVMH Watch Week with new Defy Skyline skeleton watch
This week, the focus of the watch world turns to Singapore, where the LVMH Maisons gather for LVMH Week 2023, the first major trade show of the year. This year's format was a mix of live and digital presentations, showcasing the full roster of LVMH brands, including Buglari, Hublot and TAG Heuer. Today, we focus on Zenith as they release a series of watches in the Defy collection that reflect last year's new creations and also follow the formula we've seen in previous generations of the Defy. Overall, there are several new additions to the Defy line, but first, we'll take a look at what Zenith is positioning for their new Defy Skyline Skeleton.
Zenith fans among you will remember the launch of the Defy Skyline platform last year, a new version of the Defy that borrows the high-frequency movement found in Zenith’s latest chronographs, but without the chronograph. The integrated bracelet sports watch has a unique running seconds display, with the hands rotating around its sub-dial every ten seconds. Perhaps, it's not the most useful feature to find on a luxury sports luxury replica watches, but it's fun and functions as part of a Zenith in a very introverted baseball way.
And now, just as Zenith introduced the skeletonized dial to the Defy Classic some time after its launch, they have updated the Skyline with a skeletonized dial. The Defy is designed to be Zenith's technologically cutting-edge modern sports watch, so the ultra-modern open dial feels right at home in the collection. For the Skyline, the structure of the skeletonized dial mimics the star logo used by Zenith in the 1960s, and at launch it will be available in black and blue, with the open dial itself matching the color of the visible plate on the movement below. match it. In addition, the color of the winding rotor also complements the dial.
Aside from the new skeleton format, an important change to the dial design is the position of the running seconds hand. It was at 9:00 on last year's Defy Skyline, but has been moved to 6:00 here. This change adds a lot of balance to the dial, making it feel less like a pared-down El Primero. The 6:00 sub-dial is essentially a small anthracite ring that fits nicely with the outer minute track that surrounds the open portion of the dial. Zenith has given the Skyline Skeleton large, cavity-filled applied hour markers, which are mounted on this minute track and seem to be cantilevered over the open dial. This is similar to the skeletonized dial structure found in the Defy Classic collection replica watches for sale, which greatly improves legibility despite the commerciality and complexity inherent in the open design.
Like last year's Skyline, the Skeleton's case measures 41mm and is largely inspired by the octagonal design referenced by the Defy of the '60s. When I reviewed the Skyline last year, I was impressed with how the watch's case adorns the wrist. Despite being a bit heavy, it's comfortable to wear and feels like a natural extension of the older Defys to me, and I've always been particularly fond of these watches. I expect this Skyline Skeleton to be the same as last year's model in terms of fit and overall feel on the wrist.
As you might expect, the Skyline Skeleton uses the same El Primero 3620 movement as its predecessor. It's a high-frequency movement beating at 5 Hz, with a silicon escape wheel (it's purple, now Skyline has no skeleton, and can be seen from the dial side). It has a power reserve of 60 hours and, as evidenced by the number of chronographs featuring this version of the movement, is solid and reliable, earning a place in Zenith's core sports watch offering.cheap watches for sale