One of Zenith’s latest releases, the Zenith Defy Skyline Chronograph, takes a sensible step in the direction of familiarity but also keeps things fresh and new. Many brands have done stainless steel, integrated bracelet sports chronograph, but now Zenith can punch a weight class above and compete with the likes of Vacheron and Audemars Piguet.

From a pure chronograph perspective, it even knocks those giants out. The watch is available in white, blue, and black dials and is one of the best releases at 2024 Watches and Wonders.

Powered by the El Primero 3600 clipping along at 5Hz, the watch neatly displays 1/10ths of seconds with the central hand, a 60-second counter at 3 o’clock, and a count-up 60-minute timer at 6 o’clock. The chronograph registers do not overlap as much as some El Primeros, which makes them more discernible and clear. The watch has a 60-hour power reserve and 100m of water resistance, which will keep your watch ticking in a variety of conditions.

The dial contains a celestial motif that was first seen on the time-only Zenith Defy Skyline, but with less dial area due to the chronograph registers, it is more subtle, which is favorable. The rehaut chapter ring features the same dodecagon (12-sided) angles as the bezel and the date window disappears unless needed. The large crown is almost protected by Zenith chronograph pushers, who are always aggressive and broad in character. At 42mm in diameter, this watch won’t fit all wrists, but those who can pull it off should seriously consider it.

At $13,400, you get a legendary chronograph movement in a well-refined and finished case. The stainless steel bracelet comes stock on the watch, but Zenith also offers an interchangeable strap.


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