Zenith Defy Lab Watch With 15Hz Movement Is ‘World’s Most Accurate’

Zenith Defy Lab Watch With 15Hz Movement Is ‘World’s Most Accurate’

Today, Zenith declares the spic and span Zenith Defy Lab assortment that contains what they guarantee is the world’s most exact mechanical development. The in-house made type ZO 342 programmed works at 15Hz, which is quicker (something to be thankful for) than by far most of mechanical watches out there, including Zenith’s incredible 5Hz “high beat” recurrence El Primero programmed chronograph development. This is a striking new advance for Zenith, yet in addition for the whole watch industry as it further legitimizes a disputable at the end of the day savvy inventive course. Zenith will make a big appearance the Defy Lab as an exceptionally restricted arrangement of 10 “piece unique” watches – at comparably “exclusive” costs. What might be said about every other person who will need one of these compelling watches? Zenith clarifies that the underlying 10 Defy Lab watches are “only the beginning.” The Defy Lab’s development won’t just be placed into ordinary creation, however it will fill in as a base for future complications. The originally set of Defy Lab watches after this underlying presentation collector’s set is gotten ready for creation in 2018.

Let’s venture back a digit and talk about why this quick working, silicon material innovation is each of the a serious deal. The situation here isn’t just to be select with something else, yet more critically – about wristwatch execution. In the expressions of Jean-Claude Biver, “I envision this is what be the issue here in the event that he were alive today!” While we’ve seen a gigantic degree of assortment in watch plan throughout the long term, there is almost no new as far as genuine execution increments. That implies that most mechanical watches created are correspondingly precise. Obviously, there are significant contrasts regarding how all around managed a development is, or how well it is built, however toward the day’s end you can just change a standard mechanical watch development to be so accurate.


The conversation about mechanical wristwatch exactness can be long and is route outside the extent of us presenting the Zenith Defy Lab. At the very least Zenith’s asserted precision of 0.3 seconds of the day for the type ZO 342 development in this first model will make many individuals do a twofold take on account of how great it is (for a mechanical watch). Note that for creation models as it were (whenever there is less freedom to invest such a lot of energy picking the correct parts), exactness will be ensured to +/ – 0.5 seconds a day… with no misfortune in rate results as the force of the origin slows down. At the end of the day, the rate results are a level even line, which is something that silicon innovation has made significantly more promptly available in mechanical time estimating tools.

I need to likewise specify that it is a gigantic arrangement that Zenith even ventured to such an extreme as to make a case about exactness execution in their official statement. I’ve read over 1,000 wristwatch official statements and beside Seiko (who regularly under-reports their wristwatches’ precision execution – for reasons again outside the extent of the discussion), Zenith is among few brands who really make a particular case about exactness execution in their documentation. For Zenith and LVMH it is tied in with expanding straightforwardness as per Jean-Claude Biver (who is the head of watchmaking at the group).

By Zenith demonstrating the normal exactness (execution shifts under various wearing states) of the Defy Lab’s development, they pretty much put different brands at notice that on the off chance that they need to brag about a watch “designed for high accuracy,” they really need take care of business and make a particular case about precision. This is a decent an ideal opportunity to examine systems like a tourbillon and how watch creators ordinarily manage such highlights. While a tourbillon was initially intended to expand the precision of a mechanical watch or clock development, it doesn’t really do that in numerous certifiable wristwatch applications. Accordingly, watch marks regularly rode a dainty line by not really commenting on a watch’s execution, while attempting to support the tale about what the instrument was initially intended for. I need to hail Jean-Claude Biver alongside Zenith’s the board and communication groups for going all the way and advancing a precise watch, however telling individuals the sort of execution that they can expect.


How will other watch creators react? Will it become expected for watch producers to make claims about the exactness of their watches? I don’t know that there will be an industry-wide move to specify real numbers, however on the off chance that there is a watch that comes out with a tale about exactness and some uncommon specialized components, you can be damn certain we will call attention to in the event that they overlook real execution numbers. I think what is more significant is that a watch this way, with a particularly large accentuation on silicon, that isn’t idiotic high in cost, will compel the business to receive cutting edge watch developments with haste.

Only a couple of companies in Switzerland can create silicon parts. The instruments required for this undertaking are over the top expensive, which incorporates the labor expected to work and program them. Most watch marks that utilization silicon parts don’t make the actual components. Is currently a chance to begin given away from of expanded need? Note again that ventures by watch producers into silicon innovation in conventional watchmaking has been continuing for well longer than 10 years. However, little of this innovation has streamed down into what we may call “affordable” watches. Jean-Claude Biver said watch creators won’t deliver their own silicon parts until they can likewise make parts for different companies in various industries.

Biver’s vision for importance by watch creators later on incorporates the striking however commonsense idea that watch producers need to utilize their abilities to deliver parts for different companies, for example, those that produce clinical hardware or mechanical technology. In the event that the silicon part-production arm of a watch creator just requirements 30% of the limit of its yield, at that point it is simply conceivable to work together if the other 70% of that yield is utilized to sell items others can purchase. Biver feels there are heaps of uses watch brands could flourish in being fruitful at serving, which could assist them with procuring income permitting them the privilege to continue to make mechanical watches as an afterthought. I’ve not heard better thoughts for how to keep up the complicated and apparently excessively huge for-the-current-market modern center of the Swiss watch industry.

Going back to the Defy Lab we have a development which isn’t a chronograph. In the event that you need a fast Zenith chronograph, at that point permit me to recommend the likewise as of late delivered Zenith Defy El Primero 21 . Both the Defy Lab and Defy El Primero 21 offer a case plan and are plainly in a similar family. The Defy Lab is a 15Hz time-just watch, while the Defy El Primero 21 is a period and chronograph watch with a 5Hz oscillator for the time and an optional 50Hz oscillator for the chronograph.

For all-around watch geekiness, both are compelling watches yet plainly unique. Both likewise share an affection for silicon – which Zenith is moving incredibly nowadays. Silicon is the thing that makes developments like the ZO 342 even conceivable. Supplanting metal with silicon is the way these parts can move rapidly and dependably. In contrast to metal, silicon isn’t influenced by temperature or attraction, and on the grounds that it has a lot of lower grinding, it doesn’t require grease. All the more thus, the capacity to cut exceptionally little, extremely exact parts considers components not beforehand available when metal was pretty much the solitary material choice. These assembling choices combined with computer displaying programming have took into account another age of mechanical watch developments, for example, the ZO 342 that combine customary ideas of how a little machine tells the time, with a great deal of current know-how.

In the watch community – traditionalism being the best and all – appropriation of new innovations and procedures, (for example, silicon in watch developments) has been questionable, best case scenario. It was around 2001 that Ulysse Nardin – found directly as it were from Zenith in Le Locle – delivered the Freak. As the principal creation watch that pre-owned silicon parts in the development, it required a long time before it acquired inescapable affirmation. We now live in when even Patek Philippe and Rolex produce a few watches with significant silicon parts. The incongruity obviously is that when methods to cut silicon wafers into watch parts was new, Patek Philippe, Rolex, and the Swatch Group combined their endeavors to explore and build up the innovation for wristwatches. I think it is protected to say that on the off chance that you need a “modern, customary watch” (indeed, that accidentally appears to be a logical inconsistency), you go for something with silicon in it.

When is it a smart thought to go “all metal” and put resources into a really exemplary watch? I would say when you are searching for hand-completed enrichment and other stylish components which characterize an especially exemplary look. In the event that you need something more contemporary, at that point you go with something like the Defy Lab, or large numbers of the watches that Jean-Claude Biver has helped introduce at the different LVMH brands including Hublot, TAG Heuer, and Zenith.

Current Zenith CEO Julien Tornare will have his hands full attempting to shuffle a brand that is both the producer of exemplary legends, for example, the El Primero, and arising oddities which expand on more seasoned innovation, for example, the Defy El Primero 21 and the Defy Lab. These watches present conventional watch sweethearts with a tempting perspective on what can be available on the off chance that you just let in what’s happening out there. All things considered, there will consistently be idealists who need their watches as “old style” as anyone might think possible. For every other person, there are items like the Defy Lab. By and by, I see no motivation behind why a balanced watch assortment can’t have models from both sides.

Much of the type ZO 342 is silicon, including the enormous solid guideline component. This huge silicon part is a guideline framework that is known as the “Zenith Oscillator,” which is humming with lively excitement behind the total of the principle dial. It’s an exciting and instinctive view, dissimilar to basically anything in the watch business today.


The development is obviously pretty much completely uncovered, and absolutely cool looking with an accentuation on the Zenith five-pointed star molded logo in the development plan itself. The development has an entire 60 hours of force save and again works at 15Hz (108,000 bph). Force hold is really 72 hours, yet at 60 hours the stable 0.3 – 0.5 seconds of the day precision drops to 1 second out of every day. Adequacy is incredibly thin with a development curve of simply give or take six degrees. The development is on the thicker side at 8.13mm, but on the other hand is just created out of 148 sections. The ZO 342 is obviously a programmed (Côtes de Genève stripes improve the rotor), and demonstrates only the time with minutes, hours, and seconds.

Theoretically talking, all-silicon watch developments (we aren’t there yet) ought to have the option to diminish the expense, while overhauling the exhibition of your standard mechanical watch. In spite of the fact that for the present (and for some time), silicon will keep on being a pretty much fascinating material in the mechanical watch world that brands will request clients to pay a piece from a premium for. Inasmuch as the items that contain such developments seem as though the Zenith Defy Lab, or other super present day mechanical watches, I figure clients will be willing.

It is genuine that Zenith’s new Defy case feels somewhat like that of the Hublot Big Bang. It isn’t something awful or a mishap. Biver has since a long time ago discovered that generally new or more youthful watch sweethearts lean toward something more strong, more restless, more manly, and positively more obvious than most vintage watches. Thus, Zenith is keen to combine energizing innovation with a vivacious plan. I can’t reveal to you how frequently I’ve seen a watch brand debut another development or specialized idea into a watch that resembles an exhausting dress watch. Are those traditionalist watch purchasers the initial ones to hop on something new? Sky no. Another fascinating discussion piece about the Defy Lab is the amount of a grandstand it is of Biver’s strategy of “sharing” among the brands. The Zenith Defy Lab may be collected at Zenith, yet the case is made at (and created by) Hublot, and the development is delivered (and created) at TAG Heuer.


The initial 10 bits of the Zenith Defy Lab watch will come in a 44mm wide case delivered from something different which is outlandish known as “Aeronith.” Hublot imagined it at part of their materials science division that surfaced with things, for example, red artistic and sorcery gold. Aeronith (or “the Swiss cheddar of aluminum” as you may call it) is really delivered at Hublot’s office in Nyon. Aeronith is clearly like aluminum composites utilized in the maritime world since it is both solid and erosion safe. Aluminum is once in a while utilized in watches since it is generally delicate – however in extraordinary structures can end up being a helpful material. Face to face, Aeronith positively feels astonishingly light, and from numerous points of view has the visual appearance of cement (in a cool way).

Aeronith is light (2.7 occasions lighter than titanium, and 1.7 occasions lighter than standard aluminum) and furthermore strong. The development cycle (which is protected by Hublot) bubbles aluminum in some way as to make air bubbles. At the point when it dries, Aeronith takes on a froth like finishing, and the pores are supposed to be filled in with an exceptional polymer. I don’t know the amount Aeronith will be utilized in future watch creation, yet I have an inclination Hublot and its sister brands will utilize the intriguing material when they see fit –, for example, for these 10 extraordinary watches. The issue is that each case is basically tedious to produce.

Each of the 10 presentation Zenith Defy Lab watches has a somewhat unique look blending silver and gold-conditioned hour markers and hands with various dial and lash tones. It seems somewhat like Zenith’s model assortment where they tried out what the creation models may resemble – yet really each looks cool (I’m inclined toward the green). Getting one of these 10 pieces (which are completely sold out) accompanied some extraordinary advantages. Not exclusively do you as a client will be at the dispatch occasion with us individuals from the watch media, yet they additionally will take a watch home with them. The purchasers of every one of these piece exceptional watches likewise get a Zenith fabricate visit, a “exceptional blessing box,” (which I will concede is quite pleasant) just as uncommon jugs of Château d’Yquem Sauternes white wine.

I’ve not discussed how 108,000 bph sounds yet. You can unquestionably hear it. The different bits of the Aeronith-cased Defy Lab I had assessed sounded only somewhat extraordinary. That discloses to me that as more watches have higher-recurrence developments, more consideration should be paid to case materials as a result of how solid waves spill out. Indeed, even minor contrasts in the cases (given the design of frothy aluminum) changed the sound profiles from the 15Hz developments. It is a wonderful sound, however high speed given its hyper velocity. The watch is additionally comfortable on the wrist – and taking a gander at the dial with its steadily vibrating Zenith Oscillator offers a pleasant activity to watch when you need something to occupy your eyes.

Upcoming models of the Zenith Defy Lab will keep up a similar 44mm wide, 14.5mm thick case (water impervious to 50m), yet I don’t figure they will be in Aeronith. They will likewise cost considerably less than these more elite pieces. The watch community will be intrigued with the generally sensible value, which I accept will be around 10,000 Swiss Francs. It is an expense that no longer requires watch darlings to consider between another watch and another vehicle. The watch likewise permits watch addicts to have new discussions about exactness and the exhibition of watch developments as being something worth thinking often about. For quite a long time mechanical watch sweethearts pretty much persuaded themselves that contemplating precision was kind of senseless on the grounds that your standard modest quartz watch will most in every case best even a costly mechanical watch with regards to accuracy.

With that said, I am among a huge populace of mechanical watch sweethearts who do think often about exactness. That there is still improvement in the conventional watch industry to make frameworks that really pioneer new accomplishments in precision will be something that essentially any watch authority can remain behind. I realize that not every person will be an aficionado of the tasteful plan of the Defy Lab, or the Defy El Primero 21 besides, yet I figure they will need the innovation without a doubt. Zenith and LVMH currently play a main part chasing exactness, how might the others respond?  Attached to the instance of the Defy Lab is an elastic tie with a croc outside coating and a titanium clasp. Cost for the 10 piece special Zenith Defy Lab reference 27.9000.342/78.R582 is 29,900 CHF each. zenith-watches.com