What We Love Today: Zenith DEFY 21 Ultrablue

The Swiss-brand explores frequencies of light and movement with its latest creation

Zenith continues to highlight the concept of high-frequency precision through striking creations in the form of 1/100th-of-a-second chronographs. This time, the line expands with the DEFY 21 Ultrablue.

As the name suggests, the watch comes in cool tones of deep indigo and electric blue. Appearance-wise, the partially open dial features slightly overlapping closed chronograph counters, which are finished in a grey tone that matches the deep grey of the case with contrasting white markings for legibility. On top of that, a white-tipped central 1/100th of a second chronograph hand also makes a complete revolution above the dial every second.

Astonishingly, the vividly blue movement beneath the dial is accentuated by the DEFY 21’s uniquely avant-garde movement conception and design with open and angular bridges.

Moving on to the case, the faceted 44mm titanium case of the DEFY is given an entirely matte sandblasted finish, which allows the blue bridges of the movement to truly stand out, while at the same time providing a more striking contrast by bringing out its darker metallic nuances and absorbing much of the light that hits its surface.

Finally, the watch is completed with the black rubber strap that features a blue cordura-effect rubber insert with tone-matching stitching, which surely complements the tones of the open movement.