Watchlab: Zenith Defy El Primero 21 Carbon

Zenith releases a range of new models featuring new materials highlighting the brand’s technical know-how and artistic flair.

DEFY El Primero 21 Carbon

The DEFY El Primero 21 Carbon  from Zenith is equipped with a revolutionary movement that marks the 21st century chapter of the El Primero’s enduring legacy. This year, the futuristic chronograph comes in its most outstanding iteration to date: the DEFY El Primero 21 Carbon.

The highest frequency chronograph ever to be serially produced now comes in a carbon fiber case, with geometric facets that perfectly complement the voluminous architecture of the open-worked movement. More importantly, it’s not just the faceted case and round bezel that are forged from carbon, but also the crown and chronograph pushers. As such, it’s only natural that the movement and dial are made to match the material’s allure.

As a final touch, for the first time in the DEFY El Primero 21, the watch is given a deep black treatment, allowing the gleaming edges of the skeleton movement to shine through the dark and yet remain effortlessly legible in any condition with its contrasting white markings.



The watch comes with a choice of two straps: a black textured rubber strap and a special rubber strap with a carbon effect for the ultimate urban look.


This high-tech composite carbon fiber is lightweight yet extremely durable.

Case Material: Carbon
Movement: El Primero 9004 Automatic
Power Reserve: 50 hours