ZENITH replica and FELIPE PANTONE team up to create the first watch in a watch factory designed by a contemporary artist Launched Defy 21 Felipe Pantone, a highly colorful and eye-catching visual timepiece that brought different artistic concepts to the watchmaking industry.
The Argentine-Hispanic artist Felipe Pantone has caused a global sensation in the contemporary art world and has become one of the most outstanding talents in the contemporary art world. Felipe Pantone’s work is immediate, polarized, and has never left the observer indifferent. It is coveted by art lovers and those who pursue radical design. Zenith and Felipe Pantone began working together in 2020, when the watch factory provided contemporary artists with the facade of its main building as a canvas. Now, Felipe Pantone has reinvented Zenith’s most advanced chronograph to date, creating an object that can create extraordinary watchmaking skills and wearable kinetic art .
This unexpected but coherent collaboration produced DEFY 21 Felipe Pantone, a colorful work designed to be played with frequency through visual and mechanical means. With the El Primero 21 chronograph movement of 1 millionth of a second per second beating at a very high frequency of 360,000 vibrations per hour, it has reached unparalleled accuracy. DEFY 21 is the expression of Felipe Pantone. The logical choice of canvas for the concept of “visible spectrum”, all detectable light frequencies and their refraction colors work together with the highest frequency chronograph in production. DEFY 21 Felipe Pantone is limited to 100 pieces, which is Zenith and the entire A new type of cooperation in the watchmaking industry.
Felipe Pantone said in the first collaboration with the watch: “I am very happy and very humble. For the first time I can give my watch a personal style, especially for my innovation and courage. Manufacturer. From the very beginning, the concept was to transform this spectacular watchmaking process into a wearable work of kinetic energy that merges time and light into one object. I am very excited about the result.”
Just as Felipe Pantone continues to explore novel techniques and tools to create his bold artworks, Zenith also broke through the limitations of innovation when executing Felipe Pantone’s DEFY 21 version, to the extent that new technologies that had not been heard before must be developed. tabulation. One of its most eye-catching features is the color bridge, which is an iconic feature in Pantone’s work. Using the principle of interference color, the coating on the bridge reflects the gradient of metallic rainbow tones. DEFY 21 Felipe Pantone requires months of experimentation and seeks experts’ appropriate solutions to achieve this rainbow effect. It is the first watch that uses this innovative three-dimensional PVD with silicon particles with silicon surface treatment to produce Movement. The color range for perfect transition. Although the craftsmanship has been standardized, each work will use a slightly different color, essentially becoming a unique artwork.
The central hour and minute hands are equally outstanding, presenting a deliberately distorted appearance, similar to the lightning in most of Pantone’s works, with rainbow-colored gradients applied through the same latest technology as the movement bridge. The unusual shape and proportion of the pointer and the precise application of the gradient PVD make the color transition perfectly between the different parts of the pointer. It turns out that creating colors is much more difficult than anyone imagined. However, Zenith engineers refused to compromise, even in the smallest details. In the process, the development of this collaborative version allowed Zenith to use it out of the box and achieved several world firsts in the watchmaking industry.
The Moiré optical effect produced by alternating white and black ribbons, which is repeated in Felipe Pantone’s paintings and sculptures, has been laser-engraved on the top bridge and dial of DEFY 21 Felipe Pantone. Miniaturized and replicated. And the painting techniques are so precise that they provide an optical illusion of fluid movement under the contrast of the stripes. The open dial is full of movement, with a mixture of gradient and square colors on the markers and counters.
Felipe Pantone even re-examined the inanimate external parts of the DEFY 21 Felipe Pantone case for dynamic overhaul. The black ceramic DEFY 21 has a grid pattern engraved on the bezel, and “FP#1” is engraved on the four corners of the case, which means “Felipe Pantone El Primero”. In order to make the various details of the colorful dial and movement stand out, the artist chose a black textured rubber strap with a twisted grid pattern.
For those who like a bolder look that matches the eye-catching tones of the dial and movement, a second rubber strap is also provided, with a central insert ranging from dark gray to flashes of all colors in the spectrum, depending on the angle Light. The color is not actually embedded in the strap, but the result of iridescence due to the surface of the material and the way it reflects light.
DEFY 21 Felipe Pantone is very suitable for works of art, with a presentation imitating a hardcover book in the box. On the cover is a miniature painting specially created by Felipe Pantone for this special series, accompanied by a signed certificate.
Through the DEFY 21 Felipe Pantone 100 limited edition, Zenith has cleverly integrated contemporary art and watchmaking to produce both a precision instrument and a dynamic, wear-resistant artwork. replica watches usa