This year, Citizen had some amazing introductions that continue to prove the impressive high quality the brand is capable of. This was not only the sense received from the product, but also Citizen’s booth, “Compressed Time”. With the many new intro’s we saw in Basel, this is only the tip of the iceberg, and there is much more to come later this year. From what we’ve seen and what we know, we present you with Citizen’s Baselworld 2014 debuts…
As we know, the Altichron Cirrus is making its way to the US market later this month. The new limited edition BN5044-01E is far more impressive in person than pictures can ever do justice. The 3 layer dial uses a textured crystal giving it a complex and incredible depth, making it very 3D, aside from being extremely colorful.
The Citizen logo is attached to the underside of the watches’ deeply domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. The other noticeable difference between this and the core versions of Altichron are the hands utilized. There are 3 hands for time keeping, but the compass will have an independent blue hand, with the orange, yellow and green hands for your altimeter. With so much going on with the dial, it is surprisingly legible.
Another unique attribute to the Cirrus LE is that the case is not only titanium with DLC and Duratect coating, but also uses a white pearl paint on the case sides. This pearl paint was achieved by Citizen collaborating with Toyota Motors, making a durable but beautiful “paint job”.
At 51.5mm wide and 18mm thick, the Cirrus is massive in appearance, but comfortable due to its light weight and liquid rubber strap. The piece retails at $2,650 and as I mentioned, will be available later this month in VERY limited supply.
The next big introduction is the new Satellite Wave F100 CC2006-53E. This newly designed timepiece features a new movement that achieves the fastest single satellite connection in 3 seconds, as well as has the thinnest case design of any satellite capable watches at 12.4mm (which is 45.4mm wide). The new F100 series comes only in the proprietary titanium alloy with Duratect coating, and bears similar design to our beloved brand Attesa.
The multi-faceted design is incredible, with triangular shapes dominating the case design. They use a combination of different angular brushed finishes as well as mirror polished accents for detail. The overall design is futuristic and simplistic with a concept of “speed” behind it. Another intriguing attribute are the pushers design, which are hollow and is influenced by the frame of a satellite.
The dial display is quite simple and legible. There are now 40 city codes to choose from as opposed to 26, all of which are on the inner bezel. There is a sub dial between 7:00 and 8:00 that displays day of week, daylight savings adjustment, and power reserve. The dial’s design is influenced by the solar panels off of a satellite, and will come in black or white. There is also a limited edition with black dial, blue accents and white rubber strap. The LE has not been confirmed if it will be available in the US market. Only 500 pieces will be made.
Estimated retails are to be around $2,000 for the 2 bracelet variations. The F100 Delivery is scheduled to be sometime this fall.
A second generation of Satellite Wave will also be available this year at a new lower price point. There are 2 variations, with the 1st being a stainless case and bracelet with grey dial and orange accents. These will feature the same H909 movement as in the models released in 2013. The steel variation is estimated to be around $1,300 and will have an arabic 12 marker, with the rest of the markers as indexes.
The other model of Gen 2 Waves will have a titanium case and bracelet, taking away a substantial amount of weight. This piece will have electric green accents and only index markers. The case and bracelet design on both pieces is semi-similar to the F100 with a multi-faceted design. The estimated retail on the titanium model should be around $1,700.
Another impressive intro this year from Citizen is their new take on the Promaster Depth Meter Diver. The massive case is inspired by a clam shell and has a good heft to it. The watch has a blue highlighted luminous hand for current depth, as well as a black highlighted luminous hand for the maximum depth you’ve reached. There is also a power reserve indicator at 9:00 and orange accents for the minute and second-hand. This model will also have anti-reflective coated sapphire crystal and is estimated to retail for just under $1,000.
Can anyone say Navihawk Limited Edition? I have to say, this piece looks awesome, especially with the mesh bracelet. More details to come.
There’s a new A-T series labeled as Chrono Time A-T coming our way. This series will use the same H610 movement that is found in select models of Attesa and is actually hand assembled. The “Direct Flight” movement has a city code indicator next to the date, and time zone changes are as easy as pulling the crown out one click, and turning to the desired city code. Model number on the pictured model is BY0100-51H.
These models will also include a chronograph and alarm, have sapphire glass, and tachymeter bezel. There’s a few LE models in this line up, one with blue dial, one with rose gold plate and white dial (pictured above), and black and gold-plated with rubber strap. Be sure to check out all the pics in the gallery at the bottom of the post.
There will also be some new Eco-Drive chronograph models added this year. There are 2 styles of the model pictured above, the Shadowhawk, the stainless steel (CA4170-51E), and also a two-tone model.
The other series of Eco Drive Chronograph is a much sportier variation utilizing the same paint technology as seen on the Altichron Cirrus but in a different variety of colors. The model pictured above is CA4154-15E More to come on these models later in the year.
Big news in the ladies models for Citizen this year. The launch of the Citizen “L” Series will be going global, with a premium quality, uniquely designed series of ladies pieces. All models will have mother of pearl dials in different tones, all inspired by flowers with dew drops. The diamond models take this inspiration to the next level, with 3 moving diamonds between the 2 different cases of the watch.
The moving diamonds “float” in the opening between the cases, while there are still diamonds on the dial.
There will also be a no diamond model, with similar design, but no opening between the 2 cases. These will be at a much lower price point compared to the diamond models.
Victoria Azareanka will have a limited edition white ladies chronograph with rose gold accents on the case and dial. The watch will also have white paint on a majority of the case sides.
There are tons of amazing products coming this year from Citizen. As I mentioned before, this is only a small amount. Be sure to follow our blog to get more news as it becomes available.
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