As a new part of the Signature Collection by Citizen, the Grand Touring is the latest addition to the lineup using an automatic movement. With the tremendous success of the Grand Classic line, it is not surprising that Citizen introduced more variety in design using their Miyota 9010 movement, which is made exclusive for the Signature lineup. With high praise, the affordable self-winding movement now has a case and bracelet design as compared to the Grand Classic.
The 44m stainless steel case and bracelet on the NB0070-57E is built solid and somewhat beefy. The finish is beautifully done and well executed consisting of mostly brushed on the case, with 2 stripes of high polish running up the bracelet. Despite its size, it actually wears very comfortably and even though the crown protector looks large, it doesn’t dig into the wrist. The crown protector has a unique system where part of the crown protector actually comes out with the crown. This system makes for an easy grab of the crown when necessary.
The dial on this Grand Touring is very unique. The applied numerals are very 3 dimensional and sharp in design. The hands are quite large, making for great legibility. I was truly impressed when seeing the watch for the first time hands on. It has a ton of individual character. Even the second hand of the watch has a unique design, especially at the tail end. The black dial of the piece is protected by a deeply domed sapphire crystal with dual sided anti-reflective coating.
The Grand Touring collection is going to be available in three styles, all the same case design. The other styles will come on leather straps. The NB0070-07E will be the same as the NB0070-57E ,but with a brown leather strap. The NB0075-11F will have a black coated case with brown leather strap and rose gold plated hands and indexes. While all three variations have not been released yet, they are scheduled to arrive by this fall.
As I had mentioned previously, the movement utilized is the automatic 9010, manufactured by Miyota (which is a part of Citizen Watch Co.) exclusively for the Signature Collection. The unidirectional winding, 24 jewel movement has proven to be a workhorse over the last year of being available. Its rotor turns with great momentum and fluid motion, which is truly impressive. Easily rivaling its Swiss counterparts, the 9010 has proven to be a very high quality movement, for an excellent price point.
There is luminescence on all three hands of this timepiece as well as eight of the indexes. The watch also has a water resistance of 200 meters and is going to have an MSRP of $1,195. Another tremendous quality for the money piece for Citizen to add to their roster.
As always, if you have any questions or wish to order the Citizen Signature Grand Touring Automatic NB0070-57E, please call us at 1-800-486-3996 or you can place your order directly on our site HERE.
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