Citizen Eco-Drive Ring Concept Watch Limited Edition BU1020-08A

Citizen Eco-Drive Ring Concept Watch Limited Edition BU1020-08A

Citizen has a small handful of incredibly unique concept watches, some of which made it into production as small batch limited editions, some of which did not.  One, which originally debuted in 2009 called “The Ring”, was produced in 2012 as a limited edition of only 250 pieces for the world and introduced a unique technology that also contributes to its incredible design.  Today we review the Citizen Eco-Drive Ring Concept Watch Limited Edition BU1020-08A.

Citizen Eco-Drive Ring Concept Watch Limited Edition BU1020-08A

The Ring is not only the name of the watch but an indication of  a new way of absorbing light through the case sides as opposed to its dial.  Citizen’s proprietary Eco-Drive technology allows for their watches to be recharged with any kind of light.  The solar panel is typically found in the dial, which creates limits to the types of dials they can use.  With The Ring, an opaque silver dial can be used, as the watch is only charged through the case sides.  This ring shaped solar cell is visible all the way around the case sides through a sapphire crystal and has an impressive coin edge look to it.

Citizen Eco-Drive Ring Concept Watch Limited Edition BU1020-08A

To maximize the amount of light that hits the solar cell, the watches 44.4mm stainless steel case has hollow lugs, leaving no aspect of the sides in the dark.  The case is hand polished to a mirror finish and is coated with Citizen’s proprietary Duratect Coating.  This clear plating  helps preserve its beautiful finish by making the steel 3 to 4 times harder than its original form.  The unique case design is not only functional, but also visually stunning and very durable.

Citizen Eco-Drive Ring Concept Watch Limited Edition BU1020-08A

The deeply recessed silver dial is also quite impressive.  The hour markers from the top appear to be only stick indexes, but when viewed from an angle, the 3 dimensional arabic numerals are revealed.  Not all of the indexes have this trait, but the 2, 4, 8, and 11 hour markers double as the 3D numerals.

Citizen Eco-Drive Ring Concept Watch Limited Edition BU1020-08A

Another interesting aspect of the dial is its 12:00 date wheel and 6:00 sub dial displaying age and shape of the moon.    They use clear components on each dial to add to the 3D feel of dial, and giving the appearance that parts are floating freely.  Even the Citizen logo on he dial casts a shadow on the dial due to the clear parts.   The caliber 8712 is used which has a 6 month power reserve from a full charge.

Citizen Eco-Drive Ring Concept Watch Limited Edition BU1020-08A

The moon phase display is also very unique.  The age of the moon on this piece can be read as well as its shape.  There is a small circular opening in the clear disc in the sub-dial, which will  expose the appropriate phase of the moon.  The two silver discs that rotate around the sub-dial will will contribute to the reading of the phase (for example, the discs will represent the shadow over the moon and if the circular opening on the clear component does not have any portion of the disc inside, it represents a full moon).  One of the two silver discs have a small circular opening which is basically a pointer to read the actual age of the moon.

Citizen Eco-Drive Ring Concept Watch Limited Edition BU1020-08A

The final touch on this elegant timepiece is its unusual silver-ish blue strap.  It actually has a pearl coating giving it a gorgeous look and compliments the rest of the watch very well.  The clasp mimics the case design using a hollowed out design.  

Citizen Eco-Drive Ring Concept Watch Limited Edition BU1020-08A

The MSRP on the Citizen Eco-Drive Ring Concept Watch Limited Edition BU1020-08A is $5,500.  As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-486-3996 or through AZFineTime.com.

Citizen Eco-Drive Ring Concept Watch Limited Edition BU1020-08A

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Seiko Prospex Marine Master 600m Spring Drive Tuna Can SBDB008

Seiko Prospex Marine Master 600m Spring Drive Tuna Can SBDB008The 100th Anniversary of watchmaking for Seiko has brought forth a variety of new limited edition models inspired by Seiko’s most iconic watches.  Today, we introduce the very first model of the Seiko Prospex series to be introduced to the US market, the Marine Master Professional 600m SBDB008, or the highly anticipated, Spring Drive Tuna Can.

Seiko Prospex Marine Master 600m Spring Drive Tuna Can SBDB008This limited edition of 300 pieces pays tribute to a diver design Seiko first introduced in 1975.  The first shrouded “Tuna Can” was an automatic 600m diver that used a titanium shroud to not only offer shock resistance to the inner case, but was also used because of its light weight, as well as the corrosion and abrasion resistance.  Three years later, Seiko introduced the 1st quartz 600m diver which had similar black and gold accents.  The combination of the two models is apparent in the design, but also in the sense of the movement.  The mainspring driven, quartz regulated Spring Drive movement offers the best of both worlds, all in the same timepiece.

Seiko Prospex Marine Master 600m Spring Drive Tuna Can SBDB008The 5R65 Spring Drive movement utilized derives all its power from the mainspring, with no battery supplying any power.  The Tri-Synchro Regulator replaces the escapement, allowing for quartz like precision in the unwinding of the mainspring.  Due to its low energy consumption, the use of a quartz crystal, integrated circuit, and electro-magnetic brake are possible.  As the mainspring unwinds, the mechanical energy is  converted to electricity allowing the quartz crystals frequency to be translated through the IC, and tells the brake to allow the “glide wheel” 8 rotations per second.  The glide wheel rotates in only one direction, providing the ultra smooth motion of the gliding second hand on top of the quartz like accuracy in a mechanically driven watch.

Seiko Prospex Marine Master 600m Spring Drive Tuna Can SBDB008The new DLC coated titanium shroud offers great scratch resistance and hardness. The total width of the case not including crown is just over 50mm, and is also 16.2mm thick.  The DLC has a dark gray finish with vertically brushed finish and some high polished accents on the front edge.  The torque control uni-directional rotating bezel moves very smooth and has an incredible feel.  The gold highlight accents on the bezel are exposed from 12:00-3:00 and 6:00-9:00 allowing for easy grip, but also contributing a nice detail.  The gold plated crown  is located at 4:00, allowing for comfort and security, but also looks great.

Seiko Prospex Marine Master 600m Spring Drive Tuna Can SBDB008The use of an L shaped packing material within the case contributes greatly to its 600m water-resistance.  This air-tight and water-tight timepiece has a thick sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating which is also useful in withstanding the pressure at extreme depths.  The strap is polyurethane, which was also found on the original from 1975.  They use the PU strap because of its elasticity which again, proves very helpful accommodating to changes in wrist size at different pressures.

Seiko Prospex Marine Master 600m Spring Drive Tuna Can SBDB008Seiko’s in house developed Lumibrite is put to effect in full force with the SBDB008.  It is applied incredibly thick on both the hour and minute hand, the tail of the second hand, each index, and the 60 minute mark on the bezel.  This is honestly one of the strongest glowing pieces I have seen, with very little light bringing out its incredible luminescence.

Seiko Prospex Marine Master 600m Spring Drive Tuna Can SBDB008The size of the watch is large in width and thickness, but the lug to lug width is short, giving a great appearance on the wrist.  Though the shroud is titanium, there are still steel components which add to its weight.  The total weight on this piece is 118g, which is still not incredibly heavy considering its size.

Seiko Prospex Marine Master 600m Spring Drive Tuna Can SBDB008The MSRP on the Seiko Prospex Spring Drive Tuna Can SBDB008 is $4,500.  This is a limited edition with only 300 pieces for the entire world and is not only the 1st Spring Drive movement to appear in the Tuna, but most likely the last.  As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996 or submit an inquiry through AZFineTime.com.

Seiko Prospex Marine Master 600m Spring Drive Tuna Can SBDB008

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G-Shock Aviation Gravity Defier GWA1100-1A3 – Review

G-Shock Aviation Gravity Defier GWA1100-1A3

With a ton of truly impressive G-Shock’s hitting the market this year, one of the most interesting, durable and technologically advanced is the new Gravity Defier GWA1100-1A2.  I’ve had my eyes on this piece since we 1st saw it at the Basel Fair earlier this year.  After much anticipation the new G-Shock Aviation GWA1100’s are finally in stock, and look way more impressive than I remember.  I’m proud to say, I just picked this piece up for my personal collection, and want to explain why this was my “must have” G.

G-Shock Aviation Gravity Defier GWA1100-1A3

G-Shock’s are known for their durability and being virtually bullet proof.  This new Aviation model goes above and beyond the limits of not only other watches, but also pretty much any other G-Shock on the market today.  This model is Triple G Resist which means it is resistant to shock , centrifugal force, and vibration.  Utilizing the new Alpha Gel (aGel), a material mostly composed of silicone which surrounds the movement, the watches durability is increased substantially.  This bad boy can withstand over 15G of gravitational force and 20G of vibration.  It is also water resistant to 200m and has an anti-glare coated, scratch resistant sapphire crystal  which  only contribute to its strength.

G-Shock Aviation Gravity Defier GWA1100-1A3

This piece is built tough as nails, but also has an immense amount of functionality.  The GWA1100 is the 1st of the Gravity Defier series to incorporate a compass.  The compass is simply activated by pushing the upper right button and watching the carbon fiber second hand point North.  The use of Japanese made, low specific gravity, carbon fiber is essential in regards to weight of the second hand, and allows for it to be large and a more accurate and rapid display of direction.  Casio also has a new direction sensor that gives the opportunity to down size by 95% and is 90% less in power consumption.

G-Shock Aviation Gravity Defier GWA1100-1A3

Casio’s Multi Mission Drive utilizes a 5 separate motor system that allows for easy use of different modes.  In time keeping mode, you can easily adjust timezones thanks to Casio’s “Smart Access Technology”.  The watch has a quick-lock crown, which makes for faster access to setting the time.  This is not a conventional adjustment of time.  With smart access, you simply pull the electronic crown out one click, the second hand displays the current timezone by pointing at the city code on the chapter ring, and you change timezones by turning the crown until you reach your desired timezone.  The hands do all the work on their own from there.  This system is definitely very easy to use and makes for a very convenient travel watch.  There is also a 24 hour counter at the 12:00 , day of the week indicator at 6:00, and date at 3:00.

G-Shock Aviation Gravity Defier GWA1100-1A3

Pushing the lower left button (mode button) once from time keeping mode will put you in the world time mode which allows for an easy adjusted secondary timezone.  This can be set in the same manner you would set the home time, by using the electronic crown to select the desired secondary timezone.

G-Shock Aviation Gravity Defier GWA1100-1A3

The next mode is your chronograph.  This chrono can measure up to 1/20th of a second which is displayed by the second hand when running.  The seconds are indicated by the minute hand, the minutes by the hour hand, and the sub dial at 12:00 displays up to 2 hours (one full revolution is equal to 120 minutes).  There is also a flyback feature, allowing you to reset without stopping the measurement.

G-Shock Aviation Gravity Defier GWA1100-1A3

Your next mode is a count down timer which can be set for anywhere from 1 to 60 minutes.  Once the timer has reached zero, there is an alarm that will sound for 10 seconds after.

GWA1100-15

The final mode is your alarm.  You simply set the desired time for your alarm to go off by using the crown.  The hands can be adjusted 1 minute at a time, but also has a rapid advance feature which is activated by turning the crown fast.  The hands advance on their own and can be stopped by turning the crown again.  The alarm can be turned on or off by using the upper right button.

G-Shock Aviation Gravity Defier GWA1100-1A3

To add to its reliability, the GWA1100’s are solar powered and can go 6 months in the dark before needing to be recharged.  They are also radio controlled.  Multi-Band 6 indicates that this model can receive radio signal from all 6 towers across the world.  I’ve become a bit of an accuracy nut, and radio controlled is almost a must have for me when it comes to quartz.  The fact the watch has perfect accuracy at all times is greatly appreciated.  Signal can be received automatically at night, or on demand should the automatic sync not go through.

G-Shock Aviation Gravity Defier GWA1100-1A3

While most G-Shock’s tend to have LED lights for visibility at night, this model uses heavy amounts of Casio’s Neobrite luminescence.  The glow is fantastic and maintains great legibility all throughout the night.  I was truly impressed.  They even have lume on the arrow tip of the second hand, which I might add has perfect alignment with the indexes, thank to their auto-hand home position correction.

G-Shock Aviation Gravity Defier GWA1100-1A3

When you add up the durability, technology, and quality materials used, you get this unbelievable 53.8mm, 93g beast of a timepiece.  I must say that in the last 24 hours this watch has been on my wrist, I couldn’t be happier with my decision.  Top of the line in every aspect and just incredibly cool to look at.  The MSRP on the GWA100-1A3 is $650 and can be purchased directly through AZ Fine Time HERE.   Also, feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996 if you have any questions.

G-Shock Aviation Gravity Defier GWA1100-1A3

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G-Shock Rangeman GW9400-1 – Coming Soon

Casio G-Shock Master of G Rangeman GW9400-1 G-Shock’s 30th Anniversary has brought forth a slew of new products.  One of the most exciting pieces to be released in the Master of G series is the highly anticipated Rangeman GW9400-1.  This November, Casio will be releasing one of the most functional G-Shocks to ever hit the market.

Casio G-Shock Master of G Rangeman GW9400-1 We got a sneak peak of the Rangeman briefly while attending the Basel Fair back in April.  Of course, the Rangeman was confidential and we were asked not to share until after the official press release.  We forced ourselves to stay true to our word and not expose this awesome new piece, even though we couldn’t wait to share the news.  The new GW9400-1 is one of the 1st core G-Shocks to feature a Casio’s Triple sensor function.

Casio G-Shock Master of G Rangeman GW9400-1 The use of the Triple Sensor functions are more commonly found in Casio’s outdoorsy ProTrek/Pathfinder series.  The implementation of a digital compass, barometer, thermometer, altimeter, in this solar powered and radio-controlled G-Shock has definitely brought a full range of functionality to G-Shock lineup.  While this piece has a ton of great features that we’ve already listed, there’s a whole lot more that this monster digital watch has to offer.

Casio G-Shock Master of G Rangeman GW9400-1 To start, this piece has a sunrise/sunset display, count down timer for up to 24 hours, stopwatch that measures anywhere from 1/100th of a second to 1,000 hours, up to 5 different alarms that also has a snooze feature, world time function, battery level indicator, and a log for your altimeter (up to 40 different logs).  On top of that, there is a super-auto LED light that can turn on just by turning your wrist to look at the time, and you can even turn the buttons tones on or off.  The buttons are actually designed large for easy functionality, but look really cool.  Of course, it wouldn’t be a G-Shock if it wasn’t shock resistant as well.

The MSRP on the new G-Shock Master of G Rangeman GW9400-1 is going to be $300.  Please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996 if you have any questions or wish to pre-order for delivery this fall.

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Metal Twisted G-Shock – MT-G – Coming Soon

Metal Twisted G-Shock MT-G MTGS1000D-1A

Metal Twisted G-Shock MT-G MTGS1000D-1A

In celebration of their 30th anniversary, Casio G-Shock has introduced a ton of great new limited editions, unique products and some advanced technology that is near indestructible.  One of the most intriguing products, that was just recently announced, was the launch of the MT-G (or Metal Twisted G-Shock) this fall.  G-Shock is going upscale and producing a new series of G’s that will not only have high quality materials and elaborate designs, but also the latest technology, making for a new timepiece that is sure to make a heavy impact.

Twisted Metal G-Shock MT-G MTGS1000BD-1A

Twisted Metal G-Shock MT-G MTGS1000BD-1A

The new MT-G collection will consist of a stainless steel and resin combination for the case and bracelet.  The use of resin in the case and lining the inside of the bracelet is not only to help keep the nostalgic feel of a G-Shock, but to also improve shock resistance and because it is less conductive of heat.  While the pieces are all Triple G resist (resistant from shock, centrifugal gravity, and vibration) the high tech movement is also secured in Casio’s new Alpha Gel, which is a proprietary mixture of silicone and other elements, to upgrade the shock and vibration resistance.  Overall, you have a high quality and elaborately built case and bracelet that retains the durability that G-Shock is renowned for.  On top of all that, they use scratch resistant sapphire crystal with anti-glare coating.

Metal Twisted G-Shock MT-G Limited Edition MTGS1030BD-1A

Metal Twisted G-Shock MT-G Limited Edition MTGS1030BD-1A

The movements for the MT-G collection will feature Casio’s “Smart Access” technology, allowing the wearer to change timezones simply by pulling out the crown one click and turning until the city code desired is indicated by the second hand.  The hands will then automatically adjust to the appropriate time.  The movement also has a chronograph, alarm and is radio-controlled for immaculate accuracy.

These new Metal Twisted G-Shock’s will range from $900 for the stainless steel model, $1,000 for the black plated and $1,100 for the Limited Edition.  They are scheduled to be released this November and will be available at AZ Fine Time.

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Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k White Gold SBGW043

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k White Gold SBGW043

To conclude our series of posts featuring the 44GS Historical Collection from Grand Seiko, we introduce the white gold limited edition SBGW043.  The SBGW043 is limited to only 70 pieces for the world of which only one came to the United States, and is exclusively sold at AZ Fine Time.  This model differs from the steel SBGW047 not only because of the precious metal, but also because of its blue accented second hand and GS logo.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k White Gold SBGW043

The 44GS series pays tribute to 100 years of watchmaking for Seiko, and also to their original 44GS which debuted in 1967.  The manually wound SBGW series are exact replicas of the original from 1967, having the same case shape, size, dial design and also replicate the piece by having a manually wound movement.  This of course is not going to be the same movement, but the latest and greatest from Seiko, using their in house designed and manufactured 9S64 movement.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k White Gold SBGW043

We previously discussed the 9S64’s components such as the Sprong 510 mainspring, the Spron 610 hairspring, and MEMS manufacturing process and how they contribute to making such a finely tuned movement.  An even bigger contribution to this movement is the fact that all of these pieces are assembled by some of the most talented watch makers at Shizuku-Ishi watch studio in Morioka Japan.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k White Gold SBGW043

The craftsmen who assemble these movements have all achieved excellent results at the National Watchmakers Skill Competition in Japan are required to have long term experience in the field.  One of the most difficult tasks in watchmaking is adjusting the balance.  The adjustment is performed completely by hand and requires delicate strength control.  This cannot be done by machine.  With the use of customized tweezers, the adjustments can be made to .03mm thick hairspring, and regulated to perform with excellent accuracy.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k White Gold SBGW043

After assembly, the watches are then put through a thorough 17 day testing process which was created to surpass the rating found in chronometer grade.  The testing not only involves more strict guidelines on the accuracy (-3 to +5 Sec a Day vs -4 to +6), but also involves testing in 6 positions compared to 5 (12:00 upright being the additional), 2 temperature variations rather than 1 (8-38 & 23-38°C) and of course the 17 days of testing vs 15.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k White Gold SBGW043

After an over 1,000 hour process to certify Grand Seiko quality, the original inspiration of creating the ideal watch has come to reality.  The 44GS goes through an incredibly labor intensive process not only for the movement, but also the fit and finish.  The elegant 37.9mm white gold case is finished in the pure mirror “Zaratsu finsih” to give perfect reflection with no distortion.  The hands and indexes are diamond cut and polished in the same technique giving great legibility, but also an incredible glimmer.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k White Gold SBGW043

With only one of this model in the US, it’s rarity only complements  its beauty.  The MSRP on the SBGW043 is $18,500.  As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996 and check us out on AZFineTime.com

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k White Gold SBGW043

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Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k Pink Gold SBGW046

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k Pink Gold SBGW046

To continue our reviews of the latest historical recreation from Grand Seiko, we introduce the 44GS Manual Wind in 18k Pink Gold, SBGW046.  The 44GS Series will consist of 3 different colors of gold (pink, yellow, and white) each being limited to only 70 pieces produced for the entire world.  Only one of each color came to the United States, and are exclusively available at AZ Fine Time.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k Pink Gold SBGW046

The SBGW046 is the same retro design originally founded in 1967.  The 44GS has impacted the overall design of Grand Seiko in many ways, in creating Seiko Style.  The inspiration of this reincarnation of the 44GS stems from the 100 years anniversary of watchmaking for Seiko.  In 1913, what was known back then as Seikosha, had introduced their 1st wrist watch, the Laurel.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k Pink Gold SBGW046

Seiko was originally founded in 1881 by Kintaro Hattori.  Originally, he had opened a clock and jewelry store in the Ginza region of Tokyo.  The evolution of the company truly started in 1892 when Hattori started manufacturing his own clocks under the name Seikosha.  Hattori had dreamed of manufacturing his own wristwatch and knew it could only be possible if all parts were manufactured in house.  By 1910, Seikosha had started to develop their own hairsprings.  By the dawn of the Taisho era (mid 1912), other clock manufactures started to challenge Seikosha, pushing Hattori to reach his goal of manufacturing his first wrist watch.  By 1913, Seiko had released Japan’s first wrist watch.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k Pink Gold SBGW046

The release of the Laurel continued to drive Seikosha in the realm of watchmaking and to continue the pursuit of perfection.  By 1960, Seiko had introduced Grand Seiko, which rivaled the finest watches in the industry when it came to precision.  In 1967, the design of the 44GS combined the beauty of design was implemented along with the finest mechanics to create a new era for Grand Seiko.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k Pink Gold SBGW046

Today, the 44GS Limited Edition has the same exact 37.9mm case beautifully finished in the immaculate and time consuming Zaratsu blade polishing technique.  This allows for a beautiful sparkle, on the case, but also the hands and indexes.  The flat, slightly off white, dial has a very subtle metallic tone with an even more discreet sunburst pattern.  The heavily domed sapphire crystal uses Seiko’s proprietary clear anti-reflective coating ensuring you see no distortion when looking at its gorgeous dial.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k Pink Gold SBGW046

The strap on the SBGW046 is an elegant brown croc in a glossy finish, which compliments the pink gold tremendously well.  The tang buckle is also in 18k pink gold and also helps duplicates the original 44GS in every aspect, aside from the fact of the precious metal used.  This classic design is truly impressive and with out question, retains its vintage appeal.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k Pink Gold SBGW046

The use of the 9S64 manual wind in this timepiece pays tribute to the vintage 1967 44GS.  Of course, Seiko’s most modern technology takes place internally, boasting a 72 hour power reserve due to its Spron 510 mainspring, and incredible reliability and stability die to its Spron 610 hairspring (as we discussed in our last 2 reviews.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k Pink Gold SBGW046

Another important contribution to the quality of the 9S64 is the use of MEMS technology.  MEMS allows for the ultimate construction of parts, enabling for a more precise design of the escapement wheel and pallet fork, that also has enhanced durability and a longer lubricant reserve.  When compared to traditionally machined parts, the other benefits include a smoother surface with less abrasion, intense hardness, and shapes and designs that would not typically be possible.  The combination of the use of cutting edge technology and traditional watchmaking are incredible.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k Pink Gold SBGW046

The SBGW046 retails for $18,500.  As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996 or check us out on AZFineTime.com.

Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection Limited Edition 18k Pink Gold SBGW046

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