Around these horological parts, we really love a good four-letter acronym – SIHH, GPHG, COSC … I think you get the idea. In fact, have a conversation with any random watch enthusiast, and chances are that at least one of these terms will come up. However, one that we don’t hear a lot about on this side of the world is SIAR. It stands for Salón Internacional Alta Relojería — the Latin American luxury watch show, which has been held in Mexico City for the past 12 years.
Taking place right now, from October 16 to 18, every year sees a convergence of some of the biggest names in the industry, as well as more and more watches dedicated to the Mexican and Latin American markets. And this year is no different, with Zenith releasing a set of exclusive special-editions of their mind-boggling Defy Zero G.
In all, there are three different takes of the Zero G, and each one is available in a choice of titanium, yellow gold, or rose gold. They all feature the same 44mm case with a matching bracelet and clasp, and all still house the manually wound El Primero 8812 S calibre, with its 50-hour power reserve and that incredibly cool gimbal-mounted escapement. What differs is the finish of each case. Engraved to pay tribute to its country of release, the first depicts the Catholic image of the Virgin Mary, which is enshrined within the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City – an image that holds a special place in the religious life of Mexico. While the second version celebrates the Mexican Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), with skulls and full Aztec-styled livery. And finally, the third combines its skulls with crossbones and helms, inspiring exciting tales of swashbuckling pirates.
Each case is lightly aged to better display its engraved theme, and every dial is accented in the colours of Mexico, with highlights of green, white and red, putting the final touch on these three special-edition Zenith Defy Zero Gs that should undoubtedly spark interest no matter the angle you look.