The Swiss made replica Zenith Defy Classic Carbon stands out among all of the watches on this list as it is the only watch that includes a bracelet made of solid carbon as well. Considering the saturation of integrated-bracelet sports watches on the market, it is refreshing to see Zenith push the boundaries of what we have come to expect from an increasingly familiar framework.
The 41mm case is 100 metres water-resistant and the entire watch, including its bracelet, weighs a mere 65 grams. Unlike the Panerai above, Zenith has opted to leave a more organic carbon texture on the case – imbuing its appearance with an almost camouflage effect. Though it is made of carbon, both the case and bracelet feature sharp bevels. While not a mirror finish, the bevelling elevates the aesthetic of the sporty watch and adds a touch of elegance into the mix.
The openwork dial proudly displays the hi-tech movement within. The Elite movement, comprised of 187 components, includes both a silicon escape-wheel and lever – making its internals as futuristic and high-tech as its externals. With 50 hours of power reserve, the watch may not last an entire weekend without a wind like some of the others above. But with such a watch in your collection, it would be hard not to make this bad boy your weekend warrior.