By Roberta Naas /

Introducing the Zenith Defy 21 Ultraviolet Chronograph with Violet Movement

If you love purple, Zenith has the watch for you. The Swiss watch brand is calling it violet — the ultimate end of the color spectrum (think Roy G. Biv). After violet, the next highest frequency of light is the invisible ultraviolet light. By taking this extreme color and pairing it with Zenith’s highest frequency chronograph in production, the Defy 21, the brand brings energy and intensity to the forefront.

Defy 21 Ultraviolet

The Color Purple

 This, of course, is not unusual for Zenith. The brand has long been a pioneer and a leader when it comes to the development of advanced calibers and chronographs. It makes sense that it would combine its innovative Defy 21 watch with the color of royalty, and do so in a unique way. Instead of adding a violet dial, the band has treated its revolutionary El Primero 21 automatic movement — that beats at a high frequency of 50Hz and times to 1/100th of a second — so that many of its parts are violet. The movement colors are not all the same, some are lighter and others darker and more vibrant. The angular bridges are the most impressive, especially when seen with the three gray chronograph registers and the gray flange ring.

Zenith Defy 21 Ultraviolet

The Bold Look of the Defy 21 Ultraviolet

 The constantly moving white-tipped central 1/100th of a second chronograph hand, which makes a complete revolution above the dial in one second, adds drama to the watch. It is all visible via the dial (less) side — making this the first Defy 21 with an open dial and closed chronograph counters (other than the Defy 21 El Primero 50th Anniversary edition boxed set). The Defy 21 Ultraviolet Chronograph is finished with a black rubber strap with violet inserts to emulate the look of woven fabric.

Zenith Defy 21 Ultraviolet