Zenith Launches Defy El Primero 21 Rainbow with Eason Chan

Kicking off the next phase of its “Time Channel” tour exhibition with a bang, and attended by brand ambassador Eason Chan and Zenith CEO, Julien Tornare, Nov 4th 2018 saw the introduction of Zenith’s luminous, gem-encrusted Defy El Primero 21 Rainbow limited edition in Hangzhou, capital city of Zhejiang Province in East China. The new Zenith Defy El Primero 21 Rainbow provided a uniquely kaleidoscopic focal point at a press conference and launch event held against an ultra-modern backdrop in this historic city.   



Half a century after the launch of the El Primero, the first ever fully integrated automatic column-wheel chronograph movement, enabling 1/10th of a second precision, Zenith once again defied tradition in 2017 and pushed all existing boundaries with the release of the new Zenith DEFY EL PRIMERO 21, leading watchmaking into the world of 1/100th of a second accuracy. A quantum leap in both performance and mechanical design, as well as a chronometric reinvention of accuracy and reliability, the DEFY EL PRIMERO 21 vividly embodies the spirit of innovation that has characterized Zenith for the past 150 years.

Art meets 1/100th-second ultra-precision

Released as a luxurious multi-colored pair of 50-piece limited series, the Defy El Primero 21 Rainbow features a stunning bezel set with 44 colorful VVS diamonds totalling 2.46 carats, creating the appearance of a treasure chest containing the precious gift of time. The Defy El Primero 21 Rainbow comes in a choice of either an ultra-modern black PVD coated or gleaming brushed titanium 44 mm case, teamed with a matching alligator leather-coated black rubber or blue alligator-leather coated strap.


Within this shimmering artpiece beats an El Primero 9004 automatic chronograph movement with a double chain structure featuring one escapement for the watch beating at a frequency of 36,000 VpH (5 Hz); and a second for the chronograph, beating at a frequency of 360,000 VpH (50 Hz). The distinctive display magnifies the effect of this astonishing frequency: The inner bezel bears a scale graduated from 1 to 100 around which a 1/100th of a second-hand sweeps at a lightning speed of one turn per second, offering unprecedented visual impact and a surreal time-travelling experience.  The openworked dial of the DEFY EL PRIMERO 21 provides a resolutely contemporary background for the key identifying characteristics of the legendary original: a star-tipped sweep-seconds hand, large luminescent baton-type hands and faceted hour-markers.




“This unique rainbow limited edition is as much about style as it is about recording different emotions and life moments. Just as with as my songs, sometimes this can mean drawing a white beautiful winter scenery, or recording the colorful happiness in life. Music is the sound of color, color is the image of the sound. The design of this outstanding timepiece is the perfect chronicler of such moments,” enthused Eason Chan.

With its trademark DEFY performance and mechanical structure, TIME LAB certified chronometer and colorful aesthetic, the latest DEFY El Primero 21 truly represents the ultimate treasure somewhere over a very special Haute Horlogerie rainbow