Citizen raises the bar in watch innovation and style

Citizen elevates the aesthetics for its sporty models, and injects colorful additions to its GMT Series.

A Citizen Series 8 GMT limited edition with warm champagne tones

Citizen has not only imbued its new Series 8 GMT watches with the most iconic colourways in the GMT lexicon — option of blue-red, black-blue or brown-beige (limited edition of 1,300 pieces) 24-hour bezel — but it has also incorporated its particular interpretation of an angular, masculine case with integrated bracelet, and textured dial inspired by the random-weave abstract of the Tokyo’s urban skyline at night.

A non-screwdown crown makes hand-winding much less fussy while maintaining water resistance to a good 100 meters, and the central hour hand can be set independently in discrete jumps to reflect local time, leaving the GMT hand and bi-directional 24-hour bezel to track another time zone (or two, with some guesswork).

The stealthy Citizen dive watch

Pushing up a notch in sportiness is the ISO-compliant Promaster Dive Automatic, which is arguably among the handsomest in its class. Its well-proportioned and discreetly styled 42mm black case in brushed Super Titanium with matching bracelet, offers enhanced resistance to scratches.

Magnetic resistance has also been enhanced to weather daily exposure to electronic devices, and the automatic caliber 9051 movement offers the convenience of hand-winding. The cathedral hour hand is more subdued than the massively oversized hands in many a diver, and the gradated black dial is a nice touch that lets this Promaster Dive watch stand out.   

The retro-aesthetic Citizen Eco-Drive 365

For something more stylistically bold, the Eco-Drive 365 employs a retro-tech exterior inspired by a Citizen quartz watch from 1973 to encase watch technology that looks to the next century: Citizen’s Eco-Drive technology that in this iteration, the caliber E365, boasts a running time of 365 days on a full charge.

In particular, the ref. BN1010-05E, which is limited to 1,200 pieces worldwide, features large lab-grown rubies for the quarter hours, and a calf leather strap.

Tech Specs: Series 8 GMT

Movement: Automatic-winding Caliber 9054; 50-hour power reserve
Functions: Hours and minutes; central seconds; date
Case: 41mm; two-tone stainless steel; water-resistant up to 100m
Dial: Gold-tone
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet
Price: USD1,795

Tech Specs: Promaster Dive Automatic Fujitsubo

Movement: Automatic-winding Caliber 9051; 42-hour power reserve
Functions: Hours and minutes; central seconds; date
Case: 41mm; Super Titanium with black DLC-coating; water-resistant up to 200m
Dial: Gray
Strap: Super Titanium with black DLC-coating; fold-over safety clasp
Price: USD1,195

Tech Specs: Eco-Drive 365

Movement: Quartz solar-powered Caliber E365; one-year power reserve on a full charge
Functions: Hours and minutes; central seconds; date
Case: 42.5mm; silver-tone stainless steel; water-resistant up to 100m
Dial: Black
Strap: leather; deployment clasp with push buttons
Price: USD895

Citizen: Where it all began

A pioneer of watchmaking in Japan, Citizen Watch started life as the Shokosha Watch Research Institute which created its first pocket watch in 1924. It was renamed Citizen in 1930 and has been a major feature of the Japanese watchmaking landscape since, creating high quality watches for broad market segments, while advancing watchmaking with significant innovations.

 

These include creating the world’s first light-powered quartz watch as far back as 1976, the world’s first multi-band radio-controlled watch in 1993, and the world’s first global-coverage satellite-synchronized watch in 2011.

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