October 27, 2018


Every man has a racing dream in his heart, seeking a sense of satisfaction between control and steer. At the same time, it is an attitude towards life: passion faces challenges and never gives up. Like the racing car, the watch is a mechanically precise combination. And the watch releases “energy” in the competition with time. For example, this Baume & Mercier Capeland Cobra Limited Edition watch M0A10282 is as fascinating as the racing car.

This is not the first watch that the brand has teamed up with Carol Shelby. And the initial cooperation between the two companies was intended to pay tribute to legendary Carol.

The story about legendary Carol Shelby
More than fifty years ago, Carol Shelby won the FIA GT International Championship. Not only it has revived the reputation of American racing cars, but it has also brought the iconic Cobra Cobra racing to the world. Designed and developed by Carol Schell, this car is faster, lighter and more agile than other models.

Inspired by the Cobra Racing, the Baume & Mercier watch draws on the many elements of the car, making every person wearing the watch proud. The celebrity has reinvented the racing scene through exquisite watchmaking skills. It is believed that this line is concise. The watch with timing function and speed measurement makes countless racing enthusiasts feel excited.

44 mm diameter watch is equipped with a wear-resistant sapphire crystal. Through the anti-reflection mirror, the green luminous decoration can clearly show the dial information.

Asymmetrical timing dial is reminiscent of the iconic instrument panel of the Cobra. The sun-satin polished black dial with silver and yellow scales is more eye-catching. The long, rhodium-plated yellow luminous second hand is decorated with the Cobra logo at the end, which is very interesting. There are two horizontal racing lines hidden below the dial. This design is derived from the racing car body and symbolizes the relentless pursuit of speed. The speedometer scale surrounds the bezel, highlighting the aesthetic qualities of the racing from watch. This watch highlights the characteristics of the car and is loved by racing players.

The steel sapphire crystal case back provides 50m waterproof. And on the back of the sapphire crystal glass is also engraved with the words “N °15”, which is in order to commemorate No. 15 Cobra.

The watch is equipped with a self-winding mechanical movement Valjoux 7753 that is covered with a black PVD coating, providing a 48-hour power reserve for the functions.

Paired with a black alligator strap, the watch has the the yellow calf leather rubber lining. It also maintains the same color and style as the Cobra Racing. Equipped with the stainless steel triple folding buckle, the watch is comfortable and gentle for customers.

In 1969, Zenith introduced the first fully integrated column wheel automatic chronograph movement El Primero with an accuracy of 1/10 seconds. This year, the Zenith Defy El Primero 21 was inspired to re-launch the six new styles of the new style, which became the legend of rebirth. This time, Zenith subverted the traditional concept, challenged the limit, and led the watch enter the precision field of 1/100 second. The new watch injects a new blood into Zenith, interprets the spirit of innovation, and transforms the modern style with a skeleton dial. Next, let’s take a look at one of the six new watches, the Zenith DEFY El Primero 21 Titanium Skeleton Men’s Chronograph Automatic Watch 95.9002.9004/78.R584.

Subverting the Tradition

One of the biggest highlights of the Defy El Primero 21 is the one-hundredth-second display, which is highly developed both in terms of performance and mechanical design. The watch has a scale from 1 to 100 on the bezel, and the central seconds hand rotates around the scale at a speed of one revolution per second, achieving an amazing visual effect and making people have a wonderful experience about the passage of time. This is also thanks to the newly upgraded movement of the watch, which oscillates 360,000 times per hour (50 Hz), ten times that of its predecessor El Primero, thus enabling a timing accuracy of 1 /100 seconds.

The watch case is made of titanium and is inspired by the original El Primero watch from the early 1970s. The case is finished with a brushed and polished process that presents two different visual perceptions.

This watch features a skeleton dial and does some changes in detail, adding a blue element to the movement for a more powerful visual impact. The dial is complemented by the iconic features of its legendary original, with a star-shaped lightning bolt at the end, a large luminous bar pointer and a hourly hour markers, adding a three-dimensional feel to the entire dial. There is a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, a second counter at 6 o’clock, a small second at 9 o’clock, and a power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock. The brand is equipped with a new patented timing control mechanism that ensures that the 1 second, 1/10 second and 1/100 second hands are simultaneously activated and reset, enhancing the accuracy of the watch’s chronograph.

The crown at 3 o’clock position is engraved with a star logo and a non-slip texture design that allows us to adjust the time. On both sides are the chronograph buttons, which can be timed by two buttons.

The clasp is also engraved with a star logo to showcase the brand’s unique design aesthetics.

The watch is equipped with an El Primero 9004 self-winding movement with a frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour and a 50-hour power reserve when the chain is full. The movement is certified by the COSC to ensure accurate timekeeping, and it uses two patented hairsprings with superior diamagnetic and temperature-changing properties. Through the sapphire crystal glass on the back of the watch, the automatic oscillating weight of the star-shaped cut is very beautiful.

Summary: The new Defy El Primero 21 watch launched by Zenith has set a new milestone in the history of watchmaking, which explains the new innovative concept. This Zenith new chronograph has an accuracy of one hundredth of a second. It is presented in front of us with a skeleton process, subverting tradition and surpassing itself.