Citizen – Pre-Basel Debuts

Citizen Altichron Cirrus Limited Edition BN5044-01E

Citizen Altichron Cirrus Limited Edition BN5044-01E

Last year at Basel World 2013, we had the opportunity to see the Citizen Altichron both in the standard form and the limited model, the Altichron Cirrus.  After almost a year, Citizen will be launching the Citizen Altichron Cirrus Limited Edition BN5044-01E this April!

Citizen Altichron Cirrus Limited Edition BN5044-01E

This new limited edition will have titanium case with both Duratect and DLC coating, anti-reflective coated and domed sapphire crystal, liquid rubber strap and the unique colorful design.  The functionality will be the same with compass, altitude and power reserve display.  The size will be even larger than the core models at 51.5mm wide and 18mm thick.  Only about 20 pieces will be available in the US and will retail at $2,650.  We are currently taking pre-orders for the BN5044-01E with an estimated delivery sometime before the end of April.

Citizen Signature Grand Touring Sport Diver Automatic

Citizen Signature Grand Touring Sport Diver Automatic

If you received this months issue of Watchtime magazine, you most likely saw this ad.  Without anyone having a clue on what may be new to come from Citizen this year, they ran this ad for their new Grand Touring Sport model.  This model will have a 44mm stainless steel case with uni-directional rotating bezel, sapphire crystal and Citizen’s 9012 automatic movement.  There is really no other information on this model as of yet as far as price and availability is concerned.  This will most likely become available sometime this fall, maybe even earlier.

To see a whole lot more exciting Citizen products released at Basel World, be sure to follow our blog and various social media sites HERE!

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Citizen Signature Grand Touring Automatic NB0070-57E

Citizen Signature Grand Touring Automatic NB0070-57E

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.

Citizen Signature Grand Touring Automatic NB0070-57E

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.

Citizen Signature Grand Touring Automatic NB0070-57E

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.

Citizen Signature Grand Touring Automatic NB0070-57E

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.

Citizen Signature Grand Touring Automatic NB0070-57E

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.

Citizen Signature Grand Touring Automatic NB0070-57E

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.

Citizen Signature Grand Touring Automatic NB0070-57E

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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Citizen Signature Grand Touring Automatic

If you received the latest issue of WatchTime Magazine, you may have seen this…

Citizen Signature Grand Touring Automatic

 

We heard there were going to be some new intro’s in the automatics, but this is the 1st time we’re seeing them!  This model will be 44mm, have domes sapphire crystal and the same 9010 automatic movement found in the Grand Classic.  These will be coming to AZ Fine Time in the near future (as they have not been released yet).  Not sure if it will be a spring or fall introduction, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted.

This is just a small taste of what Citizen will be debuting at Basel.  Be sure to follow our blog when we meet with Citizen at the Basel Fair on April 26th!