Zenith’s 3 year-old partnership with Land Rover has produced another watch: a Defy Classic that launches alongside the 2019 Range Rover Evoque.
The 41mm Zenith Defy Classic Range Rover, which is being made in a limited run of just 200 pieces, has been co-developed by design and technical engineering teams of the car maker and watchmaker and includes nods to the Evoque such as the seconds hand and oscillating weight in turquoise, or Arctic Petrol as Range Rover describes the color when used in its car.
The open worked dial is inspired by the wheel design of the Evoque, while the quilted-patterned upholstery of the SUV is picked up in a diamond pattern on the watch’s rubber strap.
The watch houses a new skeletonized movement named the Elite.
Gerry McGovern, Land Rover chief design officer, says: “A key component of the new Range Rover Evoque is desirability. The new Zenith Defy Classic Range Rover watch represents a step change in collaborative watch design, the result being a highly desirable timepiece and a fitting tribute to the Zenith and Land Rover collaboration.”
Julien Tornare, Zenith’s CEO, adds: “If Zenith was a car it would definitely be a Range Rover. Both are recognized as icons in their fields. Both share the same values as well as a number of key assets, including charisma, technical refinement and remarkable performance. Both have innovation in their very DNA. The Defy and the Range Rover are both desirable, luxurious trademarks and pioneering cornerstones of their industries – objects with which there is an immediate emotional connection. Both are inspired by the past, while looking firmly to the future.”