Citizen Campanola Returns To AZ Fine Time

Campanola Eco-Drive Minute Repeater Perpetual BZ0030-08W

Campanola Eco-Drive Minute Repeater Perpetual BZ0030-08W

After a couple of years of being discontinued in the international market, Citizen’s beautiful and elaborately designed Campanola series will be returning to Arizona Fine Time, now with Eco-Drive technology!  Previous models of Campanola were battery driven, allowing for an entire Urushi lacquer dials,which was only on a couple of models.  Over the course of the last year, Citizen has finally reintroduced the Grand Complication models with Eco-Drive technology in some unique and modern designs.  The previous year brought a new perpetual calendar moon phase model, of which we will be receiving one style.  There’s a lot to look forward to, even though supply will be extremely limited.  Let’s take a look at the new line up of Campanola.

CAMPANOLA ECO-DRIVE MOON PHASE PERPETUAL BU0020-03B

CAMPANOLA ECO-DRIVE MOON PHASE PERPETUAL BU0020-03B

First in this line up will be the moon phase perpetual BU0020-03B.  This Eco-Drive model has a 6 month power reserve from a full charge, moon phase, day, date, month display, and the renowned beautiful burgundy lacquer that everyone loved so much in the original series of Campanola.  The gold flaked urushi lacquer aspect of the dial is located in a large circle at 6:00, which also includes the moon display.  The Duratect coated stainless steel case measure out at 43.5mm wide and 14.4mm thick and will retail for $3,750.

CAMPANOLA ECO-DRIVE MINUTE REPEATER PERPETUAL BZ0030-08E

CAMPANOLA ECO-DRIVE MINUTE REPEATER PERPETUAL BZ0030-08E

Next in the line up is the first set to utilize Eco-Drive technology in their Campanola Grand Complication series, with the hand assembled and finished G910 caliber.  These more modern designed Campanola’s will be in cases 44.6mm wide by 15.9mm thick.  The 1st model is the BZ0090-08E, with black clouded lacquer ranging from about the 5:00 to just past 9:00.  This will come on a black crocodile leather with a grey/white contrast stitching.  The retail will be $4,800 and include Citizen’s 5 year warranty.

CAMPANOLA ECO-DRIVE MINUTE REPEATER PERPETUAL BZ0030-08W

CAMPANOLA ECO-DRIVE MINUTE REPEATER PERPETUAL BZ0030-08W

The second in the series will be the BZ0030-08W, with a surprisingly gorgeous purple dial.  Purple can be a difficult color in a mens watch, but for some reason, this shade maintains a masculine look and looks truly impressive.  The same type of clouded lacquer appears in this model in purple, and the black crocodile strap has purple stitching.  These pieces will have both chronograph and minute repeater modes that can easily be toggled between by holding the lower left button.  The BZ0030-08W will also retail for $4,800.

BZ0030-16E BZ0030-16F

A new set of Grand Complications were just released this year prior to Baselworld, using the same G910 caliber as the two models above.  These styles bring back more of the traditional Campanola design, using larger roman numerals on the chapter ring of both models, in two stunning color combinations.

CAMPANOLA ECO-DRIVE MINUTE REPEATER PERPETUAL BZ0030-16F

CAMPANOLA ECO-DRIVE MINUTE REPEATER PERPETUAL BZ0030-16F

The BZ0030-16F will come with gold accents, not just on the dial, but also a matching color accented in the straps stitching.  The lacquer used on this dial will be black urushi, with sprinkles of mother of pearl dust laid throughout.  This gives a cosmic appearance, symbolizing the heavens and the strength and brightness of life born into harshness.  The retail on this model is $5,000.  All models of Grand Complication Eco-Drive featuring the G910 movement will have a 12 month power reserve from a full charge.

CAMPANOLA ECO-DRIVE MINUTE REPEATER PERPETUAL BZ0030-16E

CAMPANOLA ECO-DRIVE MINUTE REPEATER PERPETUAL BZ0030-16E

The final piece in our new line up of Campanola will be the BZ0030-16E.  This model uses a black and red urushi lacquer, expressing the earth in the form of glowing magma starting to cool.  There will be red roman numerals along with black crocodile strap with red stitching.  The displays on these models will have day of week near the 11:00 area, leap year/chronograph hours display at 8:00, month/chronograph minutes counter at 6:00 and a 24 hour display at 3:00.  The BZ0030-16E will have an MSRP of $4,900.

These models are currently available for pre-order direct through AZFineTime.com HERE, or you can call us at 1-800-486-3996.  Delivery is expected some time this summer.  Be sure to keep an eye on the site for more details.

 

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Campanola Grand Complication AH4000-01X

If you did not read our last post on Campanola, please feel free to check it out HERE.  These watches are Citizen’s top of the line in the US market, all being hand made.  This includes hand assembled quartz movements, hand finished cases as well as hand lacquered dials.  All variations in the Campanola collection are extremely complicated, which makes being quartz beneficial, since it can be a lengthy procedure to  set them.  Today, we will discuss one of the most complicated, the Campanola Grand Complication AH4000-01X.

Campanola Grand Complication AH4000-01X

Campanola Grand Complication AH4000-01X

As I mentioned, all Campanola’s are hand assembled and hand finished quartz movements.  These are not your run of the mill type quartz.  The extreme complication and high quality craftsmanship put into these is far above and beyond expectation.  Only about 13 of the finest watchmakers at their facility in Shinshu (Nagano) Japan are skilled enough to make these exquisite timepieces.

Campanola Grand Complication AH4000-01X

Campanola Grand Complication AH4000-01X

The AH4000-01X has all the great complications you could possibly be looking for in one watch, using Citizen’s caliber 6770.  The perpetual calendar allows the watch to always know the correct day, date, month and even leap year without ever having to correct it.  All of these are displayed on the watches dial, which surprisingly is still fairly easy to read.  There is also a moon phase display at the 12 o’clock, that can be adjusted by pushing in the internal button on the upper left side of the case, and a 24 hour counter at the 3 o’clock sub-dial.

Campanola Grand Complication AH4000-01X

Campanola Grand Complication AH4000-01X

There is also a chronograph, or stopwatch, which has it’s own independent mode that can be adjusted by pushing and holding the lower left button.  When in chronograph mode, the buttons on the right hand side will operate just like most other chronographs.

Campanola Grand Complication AH4000-01X

Campanola Grand Complication AH4000-01X

The other mode is for the minute repeater.  Now this is a cool function!  When in minute repeater mode, the watch will actually chime out the time by pushing and holding the upper right button for a few seconds.  There are 3 different chimes used to indicate the time.  The low pitch tone is designated for hours, chiming once for every hour passed.  There is a double chime which indicates every 15 minutes passed.  Finally, a high pitch chime for every individual minute that follows.  This and chronograph mode can be alternated by pushing and holding the lower left button.

Campanola Grand Complication AH4000-01X

Campanola Grand Complication AH4000-01X

The 45mm case is beautifully designed and has an incredible high-polished finish.  This beautiful finish is protected by Citizen’s proprietary DURATECT coating, which enhances the hardness nearly 5 times.  The dual curved anti-reflective sapphire crystal is domed up high and very thick.  These add up to make for a unique looking, but very durable watch.

Campanola Grand Complication AH4000-01X

Campanola Grand Complication AH4000-01X

One of the most intriguing factors of this piece is the dial.  It is quite mesmerizing with all the intricate detail and color.  This dial is a hand done Urushi lacquer that is done by only one artist.  This artist has been doing lacquer work so long, he no longer has fingerprints due to the lacquer build up.  The special lacquer is made from the sap of a tree that grows only in eastern Asia (China, Korea, and Japan) and mixed with a gold flake to adorn its already gorgeous look.  This is one of few models to use this special technique.

Campanola Grand Complication AH4000-01X

Campanola Grand Complication AH4000-01X

Unfortunately, Campanola will no longer be distributed to the US, but AZ Fine Time bought everything Citizen USA had left in stock.  We are currently offering a once in a lifetime, last chance opportunity to own one of these amazing timepieces.  Please call us at 1-800-486-3996 for more information.

Campanola Grand Complication AH4000-01X

Campanola Grand Complication AH4000-01X

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