New Zenith Defy Skyline is the ultimate summer watch

It features a white ceramic case and a skeletonised dial

The Zenith Defy Skyline Skeletonised Ceramic
(Image credit: Zenith)
Quick Summary

Zenith has just unveiled a new addition to its Defy Skyline range.

It's also the first ever white ceramic piece in that collection.

When you think of the best watches on the market, chances are a few brands come to mind. Those with the best marketing – and often a long history to boot – tend to fill the wish lists of many.

Ask anyone and you'll likely hear Rolex and Omega thrown around a lot. But there are a wide array of other brands which are also worthy of you're hard earned cash.

Zenith are definitely one of those brands. I first got hands on with the brand earlier this year at Watches and Wonders 2024, where I was blown away by the quality of pieces like the Zenith Chronomaster Sport and the Zenith Defy Skyline Chronograph.

Now, the latter range gets a new addition – the Zenith Defy Skyline Skeleton in white ceramic. That's the first white ceramic model in the collection, and it absolutely pops when paired with the blue skeletonised dial.

It's a look which is perfect for sunny summer days, with a light and airy appearance. Don't be fooled though – while this is certainly a looker, it's far from being just a pretty face.

Inside, the El Primero movement sits proudly as the beating heart of the watch. That's a 5Hz movement, making for a really smooth seconds hand. That's handy, too, as this piece utilises the brand signature 1/10th of a second counter, which sits in a sub dial at the 6 o'clock position.

That means that the hand makes one revolution every ten seconds, rather than once every sixty seconds as is standard. That allows you to keep precise track of of the time down to the split second, making this a great watch for accuracy lovers.

There's even 100m of water resistance on offer, to ensure the watch is capable of keeping up with your day-to-day activities. You'll get 55 hours of power reserve, too, which makes it perfect for wearing as part of a rotation within a larger collection.

Priced at CHF 16,900 (approx £14,700), this is actually a fairly competitively priced piece. Sure, it's not cheap in the grand scheme of things, but given the spec sheet on offer, it offer decent value in the current market. If you're looking for the ultimate summer timepiece, this should be on your list.

Sam Cross
Staff Writer

Online news writer at, Sam has five years of experience in online and print journalism, with work featured in publications like Metro and Last Word on Sports. After years writing about music and football, Sam now turns his hand to bringing you news about new phones, smart home products, smart watches, laptops and TVs. Sam is a longtime fan and user of Apple products, including iPhones, MacBooks and Apple Watches.He’s also T3’s resident football expert, bringing you everything you need to know about the big games, including how to watch them. In his spare time, Sam is a keen guitarist, watch lover and (very) amateur golfer.