Recently, Orient USA informed us of a new beautiful series of timepieces on the horizon. Well, the day is here and we couldn’t be more excited. The two watches we were waiting for have delivered and they are far more beautiful than we could have imagined. Today, we introduce the brand new Orient Star Skeleton DX00001W and DX00002W, an exclusive in the US at Arizona Fine Time.
These new skeletonized models of Orient Star utilize the Orient Caliber 48E50 and are manual winding with an impressive 50 hour power reserve. The movement has 23 jewels, 21,600 bph, hack, and displays for both small seconds and power reserve. Not only does this movement have great complications and features, but it is also incredible to look at! The 48E50 caliber is decorated in perlage on the front and uses a dual layer structure to expose more of their beautiful work. Through the case back, you will see that Orient changed decoration and went with striping all throughout. While other Orient watches have some nice decoration, this by far is a top end finish. It could easily rival many fine Swiss pieces and needless to say, we were more than impressed with the meticulous craftsmanship.
The overall case construction is very elegant and superbly finished. At 40mm wide and only 9.2mm thick, it is very classy but with enough uniqueness that it stands out on the wrist. The slim case design along with the high polish finish makes for a great dress piece, easily fitting under a cuff.
The intricate work of the dial adds to the true beauty to these pieces. The blued hands contribute an abundance of character. I personally feel that the skeleton look is something most collectors would love to have in their collection. There is always fascination with the movement and seeing their operations. Having the opportunity to see a watches movement simply by looking at your wrist, is a tremendous value in itself. To me, the sight of the balance wheel bouncing back and forth shows the life of the watch and the talent it takes to make them. While I love new technology in watches, I am also a huge fan of tradition.
Because the watch needs to be manually wound, Orient has implemented a uniquely shaped crown to make for easy winding. I know on some watches, manually winding can be bothersome, but with this Orient Star, it is easily wound, even while on the wrist.
The case back is something I usually dig too deep into, but I really love the design that Orient went with. The sharp toothed design pays compliment to the crown, but overall, really has a great look to it. The movement of course is stunning, but even the case itself has a unique and intriguing design.
The obvious and only difference between the two models would be the bracelet on the DX00001W and the leather strap on DX00002W. The stainless steel bracelet on the DX00001W is handsomely done. The 5 piece construction with 2 inner links in high polish gives a nice detail. The bracelet feels solid and well built. The clasp is also nicely done with a surprising high polish on the inside.
The leather strap is a black calf with black stitching. The clasp is high polished and bears the Orient Star logo. I can certainly say that the strap does make the skeleton more of a dress watch. The bracelet variation seems more neutral, but in reality, you could pull either for dress or casual.
It is a true honor to have an exclusive on such impressive timepieces. While the Orient Star Skeleton is not a common price for Orient watches in the US, the quality shines through and expresses great value. The retail on the DX00001W is $2,530 and the DX00002W $2,330. However, the DX00001W can be purchased directly through our website for $1,895 HERE or the DX00002W for $1,750 HERE.
Another great addition to the AZFT roster. Thanks for reading!
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