Zenith and Fusalp explore their shared historical know-how and legacy of innovation to create a collection of watches and apparel to take on the winter season in style.
Press Release information with commentary in italics.
New: Zenith DEFY Classic Fusalp limited edition
The Zenith DEFY Classic Fusalp limited edition is a skeleton watch designed in collaboration with French luxury ski clothing tailor Fusalp. Crafted in black ceramic, it features an open dial with a new design incorporating the ZENITH five-pointed star and Fusalp snowflake emblems. Powered by the Elite automatic manufacture movement. Fitted on a rubber strap designed by Fusalp with a fabric-like texture and concentric rectangles.
Zenith’s latest collaboration is with French skiwear brand Fusalp. Previous known collaborations were with Range Rover and Cohiba. Fusalp will release a limited clothing capsule while Zenith will present two DEFY classic models as part of the collaboration. Fusalp had also done a collaboration with Chloé – owned by Richemont. A collaboration with LVMH’s Zenith will lend more brand mentions for this up-and-coming luxury skiwear brand. Perhaps an acquisition opportunity for the luxury fashion houses in the upscale winter wear segment now dominated by Moncler.
The Fusalp x Zenith watches will be priced at CHF 9,900 and CHF 10,900 for the black and white models, respectively.
Driven by a shared passion for technical innovation and contemporary design, Zenith, leading innovator in its field since 1865 and Fusalp, French iconic luxury ski and ready-to-wear brand, have combined their historical know-how and innovative prowess to release a unique capsule collection. This capsule, which coincides also with the 70th year anniversary of the Fusalp brand features two bespoke watches and a contemporary sport-chic wardrobe that perfectly embodies the spirit of innovation and penchant for assertive style shared by the Le Locle watchmaker and the Annecy tailor.
With an emphasis on couture cuts and crafted with cutting-edge materials and tailoring techniques, Fusalp and Zenith share a common vision of heritage, paving the way for innovation, style, and performance, created together impeccably. This meeting of two distinct Maisons is about celebrating the art of movement and the perpetual motion towards achieving greatness that resonates far beyond the mountains that both brands call home.
Versatile in its styling and resolutely futuristic in its lines, the DEFY Classic Skeleton was chosen as a senseful template for this collaboration. Whether speeding down a slope or just lounging beside a fireplace in a cosy chalet, the DEFY Classic Skeleton brings a cosmic radiance to the winter wonderland. Limited to 300 pieces in a black ceramic case and 100 pieces in white ceramic, the DEFY Classic Skeleton Fusalp features a new open dial.
Zenith worked with Fusalp to develop this new open dial that combines the two universes of the brands, by retaining the signature five-pointed star of the Manufacture while incorporating a snowflake into its design. The result is a dial full of depth and contrast, highlighted by a rose gold coloured lower open layer and surrounded by a ring in the French tricolor tones of blue, red and white, a nod to the tailor’s French origin and a recurring design element in its sought-after creations.
The rubber strap has also been designed to incorporate elements inspired by the clothing capsule collection designed by Fusalp exclusively for this collaboration. As durable as it is stylish, the rubber features a fabric-like structure, featuring a raised motif consisting of concentric rectangles providing a bold graphical element in line with the open dial.
A star among Zenith’s vast repertoire of manufacture movements, the DEFY Classic Skeleton Fusalp special editions are driven by the Elite automatic high-frequency movement with a power reserve of 50 hours.
The Fusalp x Zenith collection will make its public debut in Zurich during the opening of the new Fusalp boutique in November, after which the watches will be available at Zenith physical and online boutiques around the world, as well as selected Fusalp boutiques.