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Last year, Cit­i­zen in­tro­duced the thinnest Eco-drive model yet, the Eco Drive One, just 2.98 mm thick. e move­ment, which like all Eco-drive move­ments gets its power from light, is just 1 mm thick. is year the com­pany came out with three new ver­sions of the Eco-drive One fea­tur­ing cer­met bezels and leather straps. Two of the mod­els have rose­c­ol­ored cer­met; the third has sil­ver-col­ored cer­met. e rose-cer­met-bezel mod­els come in a choice of black or white dial and the sil­ver-cer­met one has a black dial. e cases are steel that has been treated with Du­ra­tect, a pro­pri­etary sur­face hard­en­ing tech­nol­ogy that Cit­i­zen says makes them more scratch re­sis­tant. e watches are 39 mm in di­am­e­ter. Once they have been fully charged, they will run for al­most a year with­out fur­ther ex­po­sure to light. Price: $3,500.

At the other end of the heft spec­trum, Cit­i­zen launched the hocky-puck-thick Pro­mas­ter Eco-drive Pro­fes­sional Diver 1000M. e watch mea­sures 52.5 mm across and more than 2 cm in height (21.4 mm, to be ex­act). e watch can be worn dur­ing sat­u­ra­tion div­ing; it has a he­lium-re­lease valve at 10 o’clock. e case is made of ti­ta­nium that has been treated with Du­ra­tect. (Cit­i­zen calls the re­sult­ing ma­te­rial “Su­per Ti­ta­nium.”) e watch’s uni­di­rec­tional bezel has a lock­ing mech­a­nism that pre­vents its be­ing knocked off po­si­tion. When the bezel is un­locked, an or­ange seg­ment can be seen around the bezel’s rim. e crown has a sim­i­lar warn­ing sys­tem: An or­ange band ap­pears at the base of the crown when it is not pushed into the locked po­si­tion. e crys­tal is highly domed and has a non­re­flec­tive coat­ing. e in­dexes and hands and “0” dot on the bezel are coated with lu­mi­nous paint; Cit­i­zen says that after five hours the paint has 2.2 times the af­ter­glow of conventional lu­mi­nous paint. e watch has a power-re­serve in­di­ca­tor. e strap is made of polyurethane and is cor­ru­gated to al­low for ex­pan­sion and con­trac­tion. Price: $2,300.

Cit­i­zen also un­veiled a new Blue­tooth watch, the Prox­im­ity Pryzm. It’s pow­ered by Eco-drive tech­nol­ogy, so it doesn’t re­quire a charger cable; after it is fully charged it can run for six months with­out ex­po­sure to light. e watch links to your phone via an app and alerts you to in­com­ing calls, text mes­sages and SNS (So­cial Networking Ser­vice) mes­sages. After con­nect­ing the watch to your phone, you can set the watch to the time in any of 316 cities around the world just by touch­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate point on a world map in the app. You can also use the app to set the watch’s alarm, and can pro­gram a dif­fer­ent alarm time for dif­fer­ent days of the week. e watch has a func­tion that en­ables you to find your phone when you have mis­placed it and alerts you when you are about to leave home with­out it. e watch has a chrono­graph and a sec­ond-time-zone in­di­ca­tor. e case is steel and 48.7 mm in di­am­e­ter. Price: $695.

Cit­i­zen Pro­mas­ter Eco-drive Pro­fes­sional Diver 1000M

Cit­i­zen Eco-drive One

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