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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Seiko Ananta 100th Anniversary Blue Lacquer Chronograph SRQ017

Seiko Ananta 100th Anniversary Blue Lacquer Chronograph SRQ017100 years of Seiko making wristwatches has been expressed throughout every series through Grand Seiko, Astron, and even the core Seiko lineup.  Today, we review their top of the line mechanical chronograph, the Ananta Blue Lacquer Chronograph SRQ017, also made to celebrate their 100th year of watchmaking.

Seiko Ananta 100th Anniversary Blue Lacquer Chronograph SRQ017For this special limited edition of only 300 pieces for the world, Seiko decided to continue with their successful hand lacquered dials, all done by renowned Makie lacquer artist Isshu Tamura.  For this model however, they decided to venture into new territory, deviating away from the previously used black lacquer, and going for a dark and elegant blue.  This blue lacquer dial was apparently very difficult to achieve, but the final product was well worth it.

Seiko Ananta 100th Anniversary Blue Lacquer Chronograph SRQ017The crescent moon found from about 11:00 to 5:00 replicates the symbol found on the helmet of Japanese Daimyo (or a powerful regional lord), Massamune Date.   Date began at an early age of 14 leading his first campaign in the modern Yamagata Prefecture.  By 1584, at the age of 17, he succeeded his father who decided to retire from his position of Daimyo, and Date grew his reputation tremendously.  Leading an army armored in all black with gold headgear, Massamune Date was a greatly feared leader who went through constant power struggles over land, with other Daimyo’s and even his own family.  With many incredible stories in his history, too many to go over today, one of his most recognizable achievements is the founding of the city of Sendai, one of the largest populated cities in Japan.  The golden crescent moon resting along the dark blue sky symbolizes the cultural history of Japan,  and brings back the age of the Samurai.

Seiko Ananta 100th Anniversary Blue Lacquer Chronograph SRQ017The roughly 43mm wide by 14mm thick stainless steel case of this Ananta is inspired by the Samuari sword, or katana blade, and also finished in the same technique applied to the swords.  The Zaratsu finish is found across the case sides, where each end of the lug is shaped like the tip of the blade.  The tachymeter bezel is plated in blue, which at certain angles, matches the dial.  It is quite impressive how the play of light can make the bezel match the dial in certain areas, while some portions seem brighter.  The color does not effect the flow of the watch, and actually gives it more character.

Seiko Ananta 100th Anniversary Blue Lacquer Chronograph SRQ017

The movement utilized is Seiko’s in-house manufactured 8R28, which is hand assembled at Shizuku-Ishi Watch Studio in Morioka Japan.  The chronograph uses a vertical clutch and column wheel system, has 34 jewels, 28,800 bph and a power reserve of 45 hours.  The use of the vertical clutch is to deliver a precision operation, without the jumping start found on other systems.  The column wheel is used to allow for the utmost precision when operating the pusher.  There is also a triple pointed hammer used in order to ensure when the chronograph is reset, that all of the chronographs hands realign perfectly and instantaneously.

Seiko Ananta 100th Anniversary Blue Lacquer Chronograph SRQ017

The Seiko Ananta 100th Anniversary Blue Lacquer Chronograph SRQ017 has an MSRP of $5,000.  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.

Also, don’t forget…  The Grand Seiko Roadshow is back at AZFT this coming Friday from 3-7pm!  If you can’t attend, you can see live feed on the homepage of our site.

Grand Seiko Roadshow 2013 at AZ Fine Time

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