ZENITH Watches have launched the latest addition to their DEFY Revival collection with a reimagined and modern take on their very first DEFY silhouette timepiece from 1969. The new DEFY Revival Shadow is a modern creation housed in a vintage silhouette, blending the historic model’s heritage with a contemporary accent through dark tones and subtle muted textures, in a similar way to the Chronomaster Revival Shadow that precedes it.
While the DEFY’s signature angular steel case stood out back in 1969 with its brightly polished and satin-brushed surfaces, the modern DEFY Revival Shadow has a much more muted and monolithic look to it. The case is crafted in lightweight titanium, making it extremely durable and resistant to corrosion. The angular case with its fourteen-sided bezel is microblasted for a matte finish with highlights the dark grey tone of the titanium making it instantly recognisable. It just goes to show that even back in 1969, ZENITH was very much ahead of its time with the silhouette remaining contemporary and edgy over half a century later.
The DEFY Revival Shadow’s iconic “ladder” bracelet is a first for ZENITH. It was originally conceived by the famed Gay Frères company exclusively for the brand in 1969 with the links and clasp crafted in titanium and finished with the same matte texture as the case. It is a very comfortable watch to wear thanks to the light weight of the titanium and is fitted with an updated folding clasp that has a more ergonomic and streamlined feel.
The dial of the DEFY Revival Shadow is matte black with a vintage look, while the hands are filled with a cream coloured Super-LumiNova pigment and the applied square hour markers with horizontal grooves are polished and finished in rhodium to improve legibility.
The automatic Elite 670 manufacture movement is clearly visible through the sapphire display back and operates at a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 VpH) with a power reserve of 50 hours. The case is also water-resistant to an impressive 300 metres.
The DEFY Revival Shadow is available from ZENITH boutiques as well as online and from authorized retailers around the world. For more information, please visit: www.zenith-watches.com.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground, a former member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.
Photographs courtesy of ZENITH Watches