Zenith - Hong Kong: Watches Online Auction I Hong Kong Thursday, July 21, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Zenith
    Year: 2022
    Reference No: 49.9010.9004/01.R947
    Movement No: 692701
    Case No: 588’907
    Model Name: Defy 21 Chroma
    Material: White ceramic
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. El Primero 9004, 53 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Rubber
    Clasp/Buckle: Titanium Zenith deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 44mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Zenith International Warranty card, chronometer certificate, hangtag, product literature, microfibre cloth, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Combining new standards of high-performing movements and futuristic forms, Zenith ‘defies’ the laws of traditional Swiss watchmaking with their new Defy 21 Chroma. As a limited edition of 200 pieces from the 2022 LVMH Watch Week, the present ref. 49.9010.9004/01.R947 is a charismatic chronograph watch that is sure to make heads turn.

    Encased in matte white ceramic, the sub-dials and minute track in the same hue act as a blank canvas for the semi-skeletonised dial and its cheerful rainbow indexes. Embracing this vibrant aesthetic, Zenith continues this conversation with a yellow halo around the crown and the stitching on the white Cordura-effect rubber strap, subsequent to the graduated pattern seen on the dial.

    Thanks to its innovative secondary gear train that operates in high frequencies, the fresh new Defy 21 Chroma is a technically compelling watch that can measure time in one-hundredth-of-a-second intervals.

    Given the ever-growing demand for rainbow watches, the present example will be a fantastic addition for either daring collectors with a spirited personality or even serious connoisseurs who would like to add a splash of colour to their assortment. Offered by the original owner, this Defy 21 Chroma is presented in excellent condition and accompanied by its original accessories.

  • Artist Biography

    Zenith

    Swiss • 1865

    Since Zenith's beginnings, founder George Favre-Jacot sought to manufacture precision timepieces, realizing quality control was best maintained when production was housed under one roof. Zenith remains one of the few Swiss manufacturers to produce their own in-house movements to this day.

    Today, the brand is best known for the "El Primero," the firm's most successful automatic chronograph movement. In an interesting twist of fate, the company that owned Zenith during the 1970s decided to move on to quartz movements and therefore sought to destroy the parts and tools necessary to make mechanical movements. One watchmaker realized this folly and hid the tools and parts before they were destroyed. In 1984, he returned them to Zenith so they could once again make the El Primero movement.

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Property from the Original Owner

900

Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 49.9010.9004/01.R947
A scarce and playful limited edition white ceramic 1/100th of a second semi-skeletonised chronograph wristwatch with power reserve indication, warranty and presentation box, one of a limited edition of 200 pieces

2022
44mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$65,000 - 95,000 
€8,000-11,800
$8,300-12,200

Sold for HK$138,600

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia 
+852 2318 2031
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Hong Kong: Watches Online Auction I

21-27 July 2022 (Registration ends 6pm HKT 26 July)