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5 extraordinary timepieces you need to know

5 extraordinary timepieces you need to know

From Omega to Zenith, check out some of our favourite picks that you couldn’t resist.


Zenith Defy 21 Urban Jungle

After unveiling three variants of its Defy collection last year, meet Zenith Defy 21 Urban Jungle. Paired with a ground-breaking El Primero 9004 automatic movement, the watch features new, bold colourway in shades of green in its ceramic case and black rubber with khaki green cordura-effect rubber strap. It pushes the limits of high-frequency precision, with a timing capability of 1/100th of a second (a first for Zenith), is no easy feat. The open dial with matte silver and black counters adds to the Urban Jungle’s intricate aesthetic of khaki green coloured main plate and star-shaped oscillating rotor.


Hublot Big Bang Integral

The Hublot Big Bang Integral now also comes in three new ceramic colours: white, navy blue and grey – all of which, of course, are scratch-resistant, durable and hypoallergenic. Famed for its perfect fusion of hardness and lightness (two to three times harder than steel and 30% lighter), ceramic is the main material used in the architecture of the watch except for the bezel lugs, which are in black, dark blue or grey composite, and the rubber elements on the crown and the pushers, for enhanced comfortability. The model is equipped with the HUB1280 (an upgraded version of its predecessor), offering a power reserve of up to 72 hours.


Casio Edifice ECB-20AT

Casio Edifice EQB-1100AT and ECB-20AT watches – a collaboration with Scuderia AlphaTauri Formula One team – are high-performance metal chronographs. The ECB-20AT features a navy blue case and band while the EQB-1100AT features a thin 9.6mm case and an octagonal bezel combined with carbon, a material extensively used in motorsports. On both models, the face is made of scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, tough enough for team mechanics to use in the paddock and pits. The watches also automatically adjust the time when paired with a dedicated app on your smartphone.


Oris Aquis GMT Date Whale Shark Edition

The Oris Aquis GMT Date Whale Shark Edition watch marks the relationship between the watch brand and underwater photographer, conservationist and Oris ambassador Gerardo de Villar. Although the watch as a whole doesn’t exactly break boundaries, the special gradient engraved dial features sharkskin texture with Super- LumiNova applied indices and hands. The independently adjustable 24-hour arrow- shaped GMT hand is used with the 24-hour scale as well as bezel to track different time zones. Powered by the automatic calibre 798, it offers 42 hours of power reserve and the water resistance is 300 metres.


Seamaster Diver 300M “Beijing 2022” Special Edition

Lastly, with just one year until the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 kicks start, Omega – the event Official Timekeeper – has released the Seamaster Diver 300M “Beijing 2022” Special Edition which shows off a 42mm stainless steel case, sun-brushed blue ceramic dial and includes the line’s signature scalloped bezel with a 60-minute diving scale in positive relief. On the back, the polished and brushed case- back includes a stamped Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 emblem. The robust Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8800 guarantees the industry’s highest standards of precision, performance and magnetic resistance.


This story first appeared in the April 2021 issue of Men’s Folio Malaysia.