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ZENITH DEFY Extreme Felipe Pantone watch captures time chromatically

limited launch of zenith DEFY extreme felipe pantone

 

Light, colors and motion fuse together in a new expression of time. The timepiece, the Zenith DEFY Extreme Felipe Pantone, sees the innovation of the Swiss watchmaker collaborate and combine with the contemporary creativity of the Valencia-based Argentine artist. The result is limited to just 100 pieces, each one unique as functional yet highly chromatic artworks.

ZENITH DEFY Extreme Felipe Pantone watch captures time chromatically
the Zenith DEFY Extreme Felipe Pantone merges watchmaking innovation with contemporary art

 

 

chromatic collaborations

 

Established in 1865, Zenith has always been at the forefront of Swiss watchmaking: innovative engineering, artistic aesthetics and creative collaborations. The brand has – and is – shaping the future by daring to challenge for new heights. The Zenith DEFY Extreme Felipe Pantone continues this. In fact, it is the fourth installment of a series of collaborations between the company and the vibrant multimedia optical artist. The relationship began with a specially designed façade tarpaulin in 2020. This was followed by the DEFY 2021 series watch that was instantly sold out on launch, and a record-breaking auction piece for the Only Watch 2021 charity event.

ZENITH DEFY Extreme Felipe Pantone watch captures time chromatically
Felipe Pantone’s renowned aesthetic and optical magic was transfigured into a smaller scale for the watches

 

 

optical art meets watchmaking

 

The Zenith DEFY Extreme Felipe Pantone expands the realm of artistic expression in watchmaking, actually inspired by his own Planned Iridescence series. Its base, the DEFY Extreme, was the natural choice of canvas as to offer the artist as much scope as possible. Felipe Pantone’s renowned aesthetic and optical magic was transfigured into a smaller scale thanks to creative solutions. A bold combination of color, metallic elements, and mathematically-conceived shapes and shades generate illusions that transcend the boundaries of the analogue and virtual worlds.

 

Once again, I’m ultra happy to announce a new collaboration with the Swiss horology masters at ZENITH. For this watch, I applied and referenced some of the concepts behind my Planned Iridescence series. For the first time, I intervened a piece of sapphire creating a radical hologram that appears only under the right light in an astounding way. The watch is full of incredible details, possible after a long year collaborating back-to-back with the team at Le Locle,shares Felipe Pantone.

ZENITH DEFY Extreme Felipe Pantone watch captures time chromatically
translucent, metallic aesthetics and micro-engraved patterns cause the dial to change color depending on light

 

Crafted entirely in mirror-polished stainless steel, the faceted lines of the timepiece’s case takes on a new sculpture. Its four corners are engraved with FP#1, a coded signature for Felipe Pantone El Primero. Transparency and color are then placed where least expected. The dodecagonal bezel as well as the chronograph’s pusher protectors are made in translucent blue YAS – a crystalline glass akin to synthetic sapphire. To match, it is complete with a translucent blue silicone strap. A fully polished steel bracelet as well as black Velcro strap can easily be swapped in with the push of a button on the case back.

ZENITH DEFY Extreme Felipe Pantone watch captures time chromatically
the hour and minute hands as well as the movement shifts in rainbow colors to be unique works of art

 

Translucent and metallic aesthetics are a continued theme for the dial thanks to sapphire elements. A physio-chemical process has been used to create hidden micro-engraved patterns that are just 100 nanometers deep. It lends an iridescent effect that sparkles with different colors and reveals patterns as the angle of light shifts. As a result, the dial reflects and retains the highly chromatic style typical of the artist whilst also bringing dynamic, metamorphic qualities to watchmaking.

ZENITH DEFY Extreme Felipe Pantone watch captures time chromatically
a translucent blue silicone strap can easily be swapped for a fully polished steel bracelet or black Velcro strap

 

Borrowing the same three-dimensional PVD technique as the Zenith DEFY 21 series, the DEFY Extreme Felipe Pantone’s hour and minute hands as well as the movement feature a perfectly transitioning gradient of a metallic rainbow. Each set takes on slightly different colors to truly make each watch a unique work of art. The minute counter adorns a graduated scale of colors segmented by a different tone per minute. The second counter mimics a moiré effect with very fine concentric black and white lines.

ZENITH DEFY Extreme Felipe Pantone watch captures time chromatically

 

 

zenith el primero movement

 

The watch beats at 1/100th of a second through an automatic high-frequency chronograph. This is thanks to the innovative El Primero movement, which features an efficient construction of two independently driven regulating organs that work at 50Hz and 5Hz for the chronograph function and timekeeping. The movement has received a makeover for the collaboration. Its open star-shaped oscillating weight is finished in the same gradient rainbow as the dial’s hands.

ZENITH DEFY Extreme Felipe Pantone watch captures time chromatically
the Zenith DEFY Extreme Felipe Pantone watch is limited to just 100 editions

 

 

To complete, the Zenith DEFY Extreme Felipe Pantone is set in a box shaped like an art book. A highly chromatic effect is repeated again on the box to continue the artist’s Planned Iridescence series.

 

Limited to just 100 editions, the watch is available from October 27, 2022.

ZENITH DEFY Extreme Felipe Pantone watch captures time chromatically
the watch is placed in a box that appears as a highly chromatic art book

 

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Felipe Pantone specially designed a tarpaulin to cover the manufacture’s façade in 2020

 

 

project info:

 

brand: Zenith

model: DEFY Extreme Felipe Pantone

artist: Felipe Pantone

editions: 100

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