Zenith’s New Defy Skyline Is a Simple Three-Hand Watch.  Or Is It?

Zenith Defy Skyline

Deceptively simple, we should say. We’re talking about the Zenith Defy Skyline, which is powered by a new version of the brand’s celebrated El Primero movement. For those who know their history, you’ll be wondering where the chronograph went, as the El Primero name is famous for shepherding in the automatic chronograph in 1969. But that’s just the thing, for this new sport watch, Zenith reconfigured the movement to be time only — and it’s better for it.

The first thing you’ll notice when leaning into the watch face is that the pattern covering the dial is a repeating four-pointed star, a refashioned version of Zenith’s “double Z” logo that’s punched into the dial. The celestial aesthetic is highlighted through a sunburst finish, and more texture is added through concentric circle detailing on the seconds sub-dial.

If you’re intrigued by the deceptive simplicity Zenith is showcasing with the Defy Skyline, the watch is available in three colors: this blue, as well as silver and black. They offer it with both a stainless steel bracelet and rubber strap, but we’d say stick with the metal here and let the dial do the talking.

Zenith Defy Skyline

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