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