Watchmaking in 2018 focused on celebrating historic events and commemorating achievements. There was Vacheron Constantin, whose intricate and opulent timepieces in the Metiers d’Art Les Aérostiers collection paid obeisance to the history of aviation, while Chopard’s Spirit of la Santa Muerte was a tribute to Mexico’s Day of the Dead; Omega’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ Speedmaster marked the diamond jubilee of the Apollo 8 mission. Watchmakers also crafted exclusive timepieces in collaboration with automakers, like the Breitling and Bentley Premier B1 Chronograph, which celebrated Bentley’s centenary and Breitling’s influence in Bentley cars. The latest in this vein is a collaboration between Swiss watchmaker Zenith and Range Rover, on the Zenith Defy Classic Skeleton Range Rover Edition.
Zenith has honoured Ranger Rover with a classic, special edition skeleton watch inspired by the Range Rover’s flagship SUV, the Evoque. Zenith and Range Rover first came together two years ago, when they launched the Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Range Rover Velar. This was a classic, standout timepiece from Zenith’s Chronomaster capsule that embraced ceramic and aluminium aesthetics, representing Zenith and Range Rover’s mutual brand aspiration of aesthetics and luxury. In 2019, Zenith believes that Range Rover’s soon-to-be-launched Evoque deserves a timepiece of its own, and honours the automaker as a part of its DEFY Classic collection.
The timepiece’s face boasts Range Rover’s classic 5-bar ‘Star’ tyre design and is an instant visual cue. The center-mounted seconds hand is in the ‘Arctic Petrol’ turquoise blue colour, also used on the detailing of the Evoque’s steering wheel and seats. The overall watch-face is purely skeletal and is made from brushed titanium. There is a date window at 6 o’clock, the only complication this timepiece offers.
“If Zenith was a car, it would definitely be a Range Rover. Both are recognised 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,” says Julien Tornare, CEO, Zenith.
The timepiece is powered by a 48-hour reserved Elite Calibre 670 and is strapped on by intricately designed black leather straps mocking a tyre imprint. The overall appearance of the watch is chromatic, except for the tinge of blue on its dial hands. The Zenith Defy Classic Range Rover edition is a limited edition of 200, each priced at US$7,500. Official date for pre-orders will be disclosed soon.
All Images: Courtesy Zenith & Range Rover