Watch brand Zenith and acclaimed DJ and producer Carl Cox have put their creative minds together to create the DEFY Extreme limited edition timepiece.
Cox is a living legend in the world of electronic music. Unanimously regarded as a pioneer in his field, the DJ is credited with bringing his craft to new heights with his unique sound continuously moving global audiences.
Limited to just 100 pieces and inspired by the world of DJing, the DEFY Extreme Carl Cox is the eagerly awaited second act to the DEFY 21 Carl Cox edition released in 2020. This time, Zenith and the internationally renowned DJ turn up the volume a few notches and further exploring the world of electronic music with a bold and imaginative timepiece that dives deeper into this rhythmic world and which goes back to Cox’s early days of DJing with analogue instruments.
Using Zenith’s fastest and most rugged chronograph ever made to set the tempo, the idea was to incorporate design cues from Cox’s favourite set of turntables, with the DEFY Extreme’s case crafted in matte-finished stainless steel and yellow gold, taking on a much brighter and sparkling look than polished or brushed steel while taking on a minimalistic and nostalgically retro-futuristic look. The matte yellow gold accents on the dodecagonal bezel and pusher guards are inspired by the turntable stylus’ golden tonearm.
The open dial is where the high-frequency mixing takes place. On top of the smoked sapphire crystal base, three black chronograph counters take on the form of miniature vinyl records, with concentric grooves that capture and reflect light as if they were spinning. The minute track is decorated with a pattern of perfectly aligned dots that recall the stroboscope effect found on the sides of Cox’s favourite turntables while the power reserve indicator on the smoked sapphire element at 12 o’clock is fashioned like an ON/OFF switch.
Partially visible through the open dial as well as the sapphire case back is the El Primero 9004 calibre movement, the world’s fastest and only serially produced chronograph movement with a high-frequency 50Hz chronograph that offers true 1/100th of a second time measurements. For the DEFY Extreme Carl Cox limited edition, the star-shaped oscillating weight as well as the main plate have been specially decorated in black.
Alongside the integrated matte-finished steel bracelet, the DEFY Extreme Carl Cox limited edition also comes with a black rubber strap and a black Velcro strap, which can be easily swapped without any tools by using the case’s built-in quick strap-change mechanism.
And because music and movement have brought Zenith and Carl Cox together, the legendary English electronic music pioneer has curated a special playlist entitled ‘Carl Cox X ZENITH’ which also includes the first soundtrack Carl Cox ever created for the watchmaker called This is our Time, available on Spotify and on Zenith’s website.
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