Japanese powerhouse Citizen is again with a brand-new motion in a brand new three-watch assortment. For the all-new Citizen Eco-Drive 365 assortment, the model has reached all the way in which to one in every of its earliest quartz fashions, a 1973 Citizen Quartz E.F.A. (Further Advantageous Adjustment). This classic mannequin had designs that had been symbolic of a future-oriented period when a quartz watch communicated its futuristic timekeeping supremacy not simply with textual content on the dial however with putting case design and glamorous dials that characterised the last decade. Given the present pattern for vintage-inspired watches, plus the choice of the broader watch market [read: non-enthusiast] for the convenience of quartz watches, these watches appear poised to promote nicely and quick.
The 1973 mannequin wasn’t simply one other quartz mannequin for Citizen, it was the model’s first, and it was a knockout, with a motion that achieved a staggering -/+5 seconds per thirty days—extremely spectacular then (and now). The lugless case was outlined by its faceted clamshell design, and Citizen has introduced that into trendy instances with an upsized a 42.5mm diameter and 11.1mm thickness. A recessed pull-out crown retains the silhouette uninterrupted; a sapphire crystal with AR coating affords trendy reliability. Two of the fashions are supplied in full metal circumstances with matching bracelets, one in every of which options black ion-plating all through, and the opposite of which options only a black IP bezel. Each of these fashions function radial brushing on the bezel and sunburst brushing on the case, with brushed bracelet hyperlinks. The third mannequin is a close to copy of the unique 1973, with a completely polished case and a brown leather-based strap (the leather-based is licensed by LWG, which means it’s extra sustainable and with a decrease environmental impression than non-certified leathers). Water resistance is reported at 100m, which must be greater than sufficient for a watch of this fashion.
All three dials stand out for his or her glittery black end, paying homage to a transparent, moonless evening sky. This look is achieved with 4 various kinds of accents fastidiously scattered over the black floor of the dial. Additionally of word is the raised rehaute, into that are recessed the dramatic utilized hour markers; on the black mannequin, these look like all one shade, whereas on the metal mannequin, there’s a two-tone aesthetic at work. The handset is a pointy, beveled brass that underscores the case’s angularity. On the third mannequin, a restricted version of 1200 items, the dial, just like the case, echoes the unique. Lab-grown rubies cap the markers on the cardinal hours, whereas the rehaute will get a gold-tone remedy, which is complemented by a gold-tone handset. All three fashions function a somewhat tastefully executed date window at 3 o’clock; these are clearly renders, however the date appears to mix in nicely with the dial, thank goodness. Frankly, Citizen appears to have improved the dial from the unique, which suffered from a want to point out off the newfangled enchantment of quartz know-how.
Citizen’s new motion, the E365, sits on the coronary heart of the three new Citizen Eco-Drive 365 fashions. An evolution of its Eco-Drive know-how, the E36 presents the identical solar-charging, capacitor-driven motion, however now with the power to run for a complete yr on a single cost. The motion achieves an accuracy of -/+15 seconds per thirty days. There’s no indication that the model has made different enhancements to the motion, which implies that a full cost will take about 11 hours in direct daylight and 40 hours on a cloudy day. As with all Eco-Drive actions, you may anticipate the module to final for about 10 years with out the necessity for alternative. Given the one-year energy reserve, the accuracy, and the efficient 10-year service interval, it’s laborious to show one’s nostril up on the new E365 motion.
Citizen isn’t identified finest for its vintage-inspired releases (Bulova—additionally below the Citizen Group umbrella—has that position secured), although it’s beginning to dip its ft in these waters. What Citizen has made itself identified for is pushing the boundaries of quartz motion know-how, although it normally releases it in a really trendy case. That’s what makes the Citizen Eco-Drive 365 novel: The model is bettering on its flagship motion know-how however introducing it in a classic bundle. The brand new 365 assortment appears to stability the fanatic group’s want for classic design with the mass-market want for watches they don’t have to consider, with out being some ugly mashup. The Citizen Eco-Drive 365 is priced at $480 USD for the metal mannequin (BN1014-55E), $530 USD for the black mannequin (BN1015-52E), and $875 USD for the restricted version (BN1010-05E). For extra info, please go to the model’s web site.