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Zenith Introduce 3 Models to Extended Defy Skyline Collection Including Gorgeous Boutique Edition

Zenith Skyline Skeleton Blue

One of the most underappreciated watches of 2022 was the Zenith Defy Skyline, the next generation of one of Zenith’s most beloved ranges. The Defy collection is incredibly diverse, ranging from retro-revival pieces like the A3642 to the technologically advanced Extreme Double Tourbillon. Joining the Zenith Skyline collection are the Defy Skyline Boutique Edition, Skyline Skeleton and Skyline 36mm.

Zenith Skyline Boutique Edition

Zenith Defy Skyline Boutique

Kicking the new releases off is the Zenith Defy Skyline Boutique Edition and it’s by far the prettiest Skyline to date. It features a 41mm case with the range’s signature facetted case with integrated bracelet and dodecagonal bezel, highlighting the sports luxe vibe.

However, what makes it fabulous is the dial, which takes the star motif pattern and reimagines it in rose gold against an anthracite backdrop. The twinkling of the stars is intoxicating and while it doesn’t compare to aventurine glass in terms of creating a realistic stellar field, the stylisation and intricacy of it is just as attractive.

Zenith Defy Skyline Boutique

Inside, it houses the El Primero Calibre 3620, like the 2022 version. It’s a pretty impressive piece of mechanics with a 60-hour power reserve, a 1/10th second running seconds subdial at 9 o’clock and a date window at 3.

The Zenith Defy Skyline Boutique Edition is priced at CHF 8,900 (approx. £7,950), which is slightly higher than the standard version because of the gold plating across the dial and hands. As a boutique edition, it will only be available directly from Zenith, through their physical stores or online shop.

Price & Specs

  • Ref: 03.9300.3620/02.I001|
  • Case/dial: 41mm diameter, stainless steel case slate grey tones sunray dial|
  • Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)|
  • Movement: Zenith calibre El Primero 3620, automatic|
  • Frequency: 36,000 vph (5 Hz)|
  • Power reserve: 60h|
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date|
  • Strap: Stainless steel bracelet with additional black rubber strap with starry sky pattern|
  • Price/availability: CHF 8,900 (approx. £7,950).

Zenith Skyline Skeleton

Zenith Skyline Skeleton Blue
Zenith Skyline Skeleton Black

A skeleton dial is a common thing in the Defy collection so the launch of the Skyline Skeleton is not terribly surprising. Structurally, it’s exactly the same as the regular Skyline with the familiar 41mm facetted case.

The party starts with the openworked dial, available in either blue or black. In a similar fashion to the recent Defy x Fusalp collaboration, the structural supports have been designed in such a way that they create the symbol associated with the collection. For the Fusalp piece, that was a snowflake, for the Skyline it’s the signature four-pointed star. Although the southern point is somewhat hidden by the 1/10th second subdial, which makes the whole concept a little dubious.

Zenith Defy Skyline Skeleton Blue
Zenith Defy Skyline Skeleton Black

Arguably, this is the Skyline that has deviated the most from the core identity of the collection by replacing the signature dial, which feels like a risk considering that the Skyline is still very much developing its identity in the watch market. Personally, I would’ve been happier to see this more extreme interpretation of the watch held back until next year, so that we’d have more time to grow our affection for the standard versions.

Price & Specs

  • Ref: 03.9300.3620/79.I001 (blue), 03.9300.3620/78.I001 (black)|
  • Case/dial: 441mm diameter, stainless steel case, blue or black toned open-worked dial|
  • Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)|
  • Movement: Zenith calibre El Primero 3620, automatic|
  • Frequency: 36,000 (5 Hz)|
  • Power reserve: 60h|
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds|
  • Strap: Stainless steel bracelet and additional black rubber strap with starry sky pattern|
  • Price/availability: CHF 10,900 (approx. £9,720)

Zenith Skyline 36mm

Zenith Skyline 36mm Green

Fortunately, the third Defy Skyline 36mm does take us back to the standard Skyline design and star-patterned dial. Although, as its name suggests, it’s presented at a dainty 36mm size. That size is interesting, the watch industry at large would describe it as a ladies’ watch and ostensibly that’s true, however it also works brilliantly as a vintage proportioned time piece for men. Zenith are marketing it as unisex and I have to say I agree.

Zenith Defy Skyline 36mm Blue
Zenith Defy Skyline 36mm Pink Diamond Bezel

There are six 36mm references being produced, two each in blue, green and pink with either steel or diamond-set bezels. Whether you think gems make a watch more feminine or ascribe to a hip-hop lifestyle, the diamond versions are pretty subtle as far as iced watches go. There’re 52 brilliant-cut diamonds arranged in a simple circle on the 12-sided bezel. If you’re not sure that diamonds are for you, perhaps this is the watch to try before you go for that completely iced Rolex with diamond bezel, dial, case and bracelet.

Zenith Defy Skyline 36mm Blue
Zenith Defy Skyline 36mm Green
Zenith Defy Skyline 36mm Pink Diamond Bezel

They all house the Elite 670 automatic calibre with an updated star logo rotor and a power reserve of 50-hours. All that’s left to talk about is the price. The non-diamond versions are CHF 8,400 and the diamond models are CHF 11,900 (approx. £7,490/£10,600). Here’s hoping that the fun green and pink dials make their way to the 41mm version.

Price & Specs

  • Ref: 03.9400.670/51.I001 (blue), 16.9400.670/51.I001 (blue with diamond bezel), 03.9400.670/61.I001 (green), 16.9400.670/61.I001 (green with diamond bezel), 03.9400.670/18.I001 (pink), 16.9400.670/18.I001 (pink with diamond bezel)|
  • Case/dial: 36mm diameter, stainless steel case, blue/green/pink sunray patterned dial, with or without 52 brilliant cut diamond bezel|
  • Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)|
  • Movement: Zenith calibre Elite 670, automatic|
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)|
  • Power reserve: 50h|
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date|
  • Strap: Stainless steel bracelet with additional blue/green/pink rubber strap with starry sky pattern|
  • Price/availability: CHF 8,400 and CHF 11,900 (approx. £7,490/£10,600), more details at Zenith.

About the author

Michael Sonsino

As Junior Content Producer for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. While a relative newcomer to the magazine, he's nonetheless a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better.

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