Extreme E launched last year as an off-road series using all-electric SUVs in races in spectacular and challenging parts of the world such as the Saudi Arabian desert and the Arctic. Each race aims to raise awareness for the impact of climate change in the country and provides social and environmental support for those locations. Zenith signed as the Official Timekeeper and Founding Partner of the series in 2021 and is building on its association this year with the launch of five limited edition Defy Extreme Carbon chronographs; one for each of the 2022 Extreme E races.
First up, for the season-opening Desert X Prix in the emerging Saudi Arabian city of NEOM, comes the Defy Extreme E “Desert X Prix” chronograph priced at almost £23,000 and made from recycled Extreme-E parts.
Within the monolithic case, the open multi-layered dial features deep yellow-beige accents, the official colour of the “Desert X Prix” that evokes the vast sand dunes of Saudi Arabia, home to the world’s largest continuous sand desert. Partially visible through the dial as well as the case back is the fastest automatic high-frequency chronograph calibre, offering1/100th of a second time measurements, with two escapements beating at 5Hz (36’000 VpH) for the timekeeping part and 50Hz (360’000 VpH) for the chronograph.
The movement is also visible through the sapphire display back, emblazoned with the Desert X Prix logo.