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Zenith Defy Classic Range Rover Special Edition Watch

Zenith Defy Classic Range Rover Special Edition Watch Watch Releases

Cars and watches have often gone hand-in-hand. Many of the big boy brands on both sides release models collaborating with each other, as they’re often appealing to enthusiasts cut from the same cloth and excited by the same items. Some watch brands have entire collections dedicated to car collaborations. Zenith has recently released two low-key El Primero watches with an interesting brand, Land Rover. While I don’t feel the El Primero Range Rover got it’s fair shake in the market, it apparently did well because Zenith teamed up with the “Luxury Sport SUV” for a second El Primero a year later, and now again for a third time – this go-around with Zenith’s more recent collection, the Defy Classic, to produce the Zenith Defy Classic Range Rover Special Edition watch. The watch will be a super limited run, and celebrate the release of the new Range Rover Evoque.

Zenith Defy Classic Range Rover Special Edition Watch Watch Releases

Zenith Defy Classic Range Rover Special Edition Watch Watch Releases

As is pretty standard in the Defy collection, the watch utilizes a brushed titanium case. On the Defy Classic, the case measures in at a modest 41mm x 10.75mm, making this the smallest of the Land Rover collaborations. Interestingly, Zenith calls the case “resolutely unisex,” though it’s hard for me to get past the obvious masculine vibes of the watch even if it doesn’t measure like a hockey puck. The straight lug design gives the case an almost cushion-shaped aesthetic, and a flow to the watch that I find quite appealing paired with the round face. The Zenith Defy Classic Range Rover features a rubber strap with the diamond pattern from the Evoque’s upholstery, and it fits the watch nicely. It features sapphire crystals on the front and back and comes with a water resistance of 10 ATM.

Zenith Defy Classic Range Rover Special Edition Watch Watch Releases

The major portion of the new Range Rover’s influence comes with the dial. I have to give Zenith credit on their Zenith x Land Rover collaborations, and that’s that none of them have been obnoxious. The subtlety of the branding isn’t in-your-face and intrusive, but does a good job of melding both brands’ design language. Looking at the Zenith Defy Classic Range Rover, you wouldn’t make the immediate Land Rover connection unless you had an intimate knowledge of the new Evoque.

Zenith Defy Classic Range Rover Special Edition Watch Watch Releases

Zenith Defy Classic Range Rover Special Edition Watch Watch Releases

The most obvious (and I use that term loosely) influence is the skeletonized dial making great work of the rim design of the SUV. As opposed to the original star-shaped openwork of previous Defy Classic models, the Defy Classic Range Rover twists the cage into a “warped” star pattern mimicking the structure of the Evoque’s 5-point rims – a pretty cool nod, and I would argue a rare instance of a collaboration improving on an existing model’s design. The watch is legible, though more-or-less monochromatic save for the second major Land Rover influence, the seconds hand. Quite striking, the hand utilizes a color that Zenith call’s “Arctic Petrol” that’s apparently unique to Land Rover and channels design queues from the steering wheel and seats of the Evoque. The date window above 6 o’clock blends nicely into the background, but adds a layer of aesthetic complexity and is easily lost in the eccentric dial.

Zenith Defy Classic Range Rover Special Edition Watch Watch Releases

Zenith Defy Classic Range Rover Special Edition Watch Watch Releases

Flipping the watch over, you’ll find the curiously small Zenith Elite Calibre 670 with a matching Arctic Petrol blue osculating weight. This is the same movement that’s in the previous Defy Classics, save for the blue, and also the only place on the watch you’ll find any overt reference to the two brands. Stamped above the 12 o’clock position (and interestingly omitted from the press images) is “Defy for Range Rover”. The Elite Calibre 670 beats at 28,800 VpH and carries a power reserve of 48 hours.

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Zenith Defy Classic Range Rover Special Edition Watch Watch Releases

I’ll come out and say it: this is how you do a collaboration. The spoke pattern of the Evoque’s rim, the Arctic Petrol unique tone of blue on the rotor and seconds hand, and “Defy for Ranger Rover” on the back of the watch… That’s it. It’s enough for owners of the vehicle to recognize the pattern, and fans of Zenith to easily identify the distinct design language of the Defy collection. I would love to see more of these kinds of subdued collaborations in the future regardless of which brands are at the helm, though I feel Zenith keeps setting the bar higher with each new Range Rover model added.

The Zenith Defy Classic Range Rover Special Edition is made in a limited 200-piece run (I don’t foresee these having a hard time finding buyers) with a price tag of CHF 7,500, about a thousand dollars more than the regular Defy Classic. Learn more at zenith-watches.com

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  • Max Attack

    I like it

  • dr3

    Superstar watch executive
    moves from company to company, making everything they touch look like a Hublot. And everyone, for some reason, swoons.
    A bit of an emperor’s new clothes situation in my view. We need more diversity in design, not less! It’s not bad – but seems rather derivative.

    • cluedog12

      This Defy line is a bit better than “not bad” and we’ll soon see a production version of the Defy Lab, hopefully with a cleaner case. The dials are similar to the Hublot / TAG, but the package does not feel the same. The case is only 41 mm and, absent a chronograph complication, the Defy dial is cleaner too.

      • dr3

        Fair point that ‘not bad’ is a bit restrained. But, I don’t think we need TAG to be a budget Hublot, and Zenith to become a classier/more refined Hublot. They should stand on their own feet. I quite like the Zenith designs of the past few years, and it would have been good to see them strengthen what made them good, rather than go down this apparent route.

  • SuperStrapper

    If the watch exists to celebrate the new evoque, why is a range rover a design inspiration?
    The range rover, while not what it used to be, is an icon. The evoque is factually one of the dumbest vehicles on the road today.
    The watch look great. No I’m not a fan of titanium and yes I would prefer lugs but this is a well designed and presented watch, and I really appreciate the continued lack of co-branding in this partnership. This piece easily stands on it’s own merit without the partnership, but it’s not hurt by it either.

  • shanekleinpeter

    Funny, upon looking at the close up shots I was a bit lukewarm on it, but the last shot from a distance, on the wrist, and I thought “that’s a nice looking watch.” So, well done.

  • Independent_George

    Generally not a huge fan of skeletonized watches, but the Defy line is well done because they keep it simple.

  • cluedog12

    What happens when you change you change your tires/rims for the winter. Is there an OEM snow tire dial? Steel wheel dial?

  • anonymous

    The watch is actually… not that bad – aside from possibly a contrast problem, not being able to quickly see the time because the hands blend in with the dial. What annoys me is the insistence that it is “resolutely unisex”. Why to all watches have to be unisex now? Why can’t a watch be manly?

    Also, I hate the name “Defy Classic”. What exactly is the Range Rover “defying” (or “classically defying”)? I used to love tough Land Rover/Range Rovers, but – judging by the tire clearance – that jellybean vehicle looks like it can’t even go off road.

  • anonymous

    The watch is actually… not that bad – aside from possibly a contrast problem, not being able to quickly see the time because the hands blend in with the dial. What annoys me is the insistence that it is “resolutely unisex”. Why to all watches have to be unisex now? Why can’t a watch be manly?

    Also, I hate the name “Defy Classic”. What exactly is the Range Rover “defying” (or “classically defying”)? I used to love tough Land Rover/Range Rovers, but – judging by the tire clearance – that jellybean vehicle looks like it can’t even go off road.

  • Playboy Johnny – Team Mariu$

    I will wait for the Mercedes & Lexus collab’s

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Stick one as a thank you present in the glove box of every car. I hate these collaborations
    Don’t drive, never will.

  • Swiss_Cheese

    It’s a nice looking watch as it is, I’d just change a few things and it’d be the perfect watch for me:

    1. Replace the titanium case with steel.
    2. Remove the date.
    3. 41mm down to 39mm.
    4. Replace the rubber band with a bracelet.
    5. Remove the skeleton dial
    6. Replace with a sunburst black dial
    7. Change the second hand to steel.
    8. Remove the star on the crown.
    9. Replace the rotor with something a bit more simple
    10. Reduce the price from $7,500 to $150

    • Raymond Wilkie

      ” Certainly Sir, let me escort you to our cheapskate range ” 🙂

      • Swiss_Cheese

        My Favorite Section!

    • I didn’t even notice the date feature. Read your post and had to review the photos………

  • What fresh hell is this?

    Still waiting for a Rover SD1 special edition watch.

  • WG

    I think buying the full set of rims and tires would be cheaper , and I would definitely get more use out of !
    I personally prefer a watch, that’s when I look at the dial I can quickly tell the time. Not get vertigo.
    I do like the Zenith Captain’s ,& probably welcome a new one in my collection but then again I have weird taste!

  • JL85

    My eyes don’t hurt, I don’t have a headache and not feeling sick to my stomach. This must be a collaboration that actually looks good. Can’t say that for almost every Hublot and should I say any watch that collabs with Ferrerai. Good job Zenith, good job.

  • John Effing Zoidberg

    I find the continued use of rubber straps on expensive watches baffling. It’s just one rung up from nylon NATO straps.

  • NaJo

    Top notch but i wont pay $1k more just fr the name rangerover! Am a bmw owner anywsys.. lol

  • Ulysses31

    It’s a beautiful timepiece, though it has rather a severe look to it; something sharp and dangerous, like the front end of a minced-meat machine.

  • Debashish

    Generally I do not like the skeleton watches, but this Zenith seems to be different from other skeleton timepieces and I would love to acquire one.

    Reading time at a glance would be quite difficult though and I would prefer to have a bracelet instead of the rubber band.