Ex­cel­sior!

WatchTime - - Watchtalk -

— Cit­i­zen Watch Co. an­nounced its part­ner­ship with Dis­ney and Mar­vel at Basel­world 2018. Less than a year later, the col­lab­o­ra­tion has pro­duced its first spe­cially de­signed, su­per­hero-themed time­pieces – launched in front of an en­thu­si­as­tic crowd at New York Comic Con. The new Cit­i­zen Mar­vel Time­pieces, eight mod­els in to­tal, take their in­spi­ra­tion from some of Mar­vel’s most pop­u­lar char­ac­ters from both the comics pages and the big screen – with di­als, cases and straps evok­ing the spirit of the Avengers, the Black Pan­ther, Cap­tain Amer­ica, the Hulk and Spi­der-man.

The Avengers watch pays trib­ute to Mar­vel’s premier su­per­group with the iconic gold-col­ored Avengers “A” in the cen­ter, be­neath the golden lu­mi­nous hands and red sec­onds hand. The pre­dom­i­nantly red, black and gold color scheme seems also to evoke the ar­mor of Iron Man, who in the Mar­vel Cine­matic Uni­verse was in­stru­men­tal in bring­ing the team to­gether. The solid case­back fea­tures a Mar­vel logo.

Mar­vel’s Black Pan­ther – aka King T’challa of Wakanda – makes his pres­ence felt on not one but two pre­dom­i­nantly black time­pieces, both with di­als etched with a tribal pat­tern from the high-tech jun­gle king­dom. Both have sil­ver, di­a­mond­shaped in­dexes that look like the pen­dants on T’challa’s neck­lace, and vi­o­let col­ored ac­cents that echo the look of the en­ergy fields that emit from the Pan­ther’s uni­form. One model is a three­hand with a pan­ther mask mo­tif on the dial and a rub­ber strap; the other is a tri-com­pax chrono­graph on a black­ened steel bracelet.

Cap­tain Amer­ica’s back­ground as a U.S. Army soldier dur­ing World War II in­spired the de­sign of Cit­i­zen’s Cap­tain Amer­ica watch, which fea­tures a 24-hour time track and a triple date win­dow on the dial in the style of a vin­tage mil­i­tary field watch, as well as a sturdy leather strap with a cam­ou­flage pat­tern. Cap’s red, white and blue shield ap­pears as an in­signia be­tween 7 and 8 o’clock, and a winged Avengers “A” ap­pears at 12 o’clock.

The In­cred­i­ble Hulk, Mar­vel’s green-tinted pow­er­house, is known for smash­ing things. Thus, the dial of the Hulk watch is dom­i­nated by a green fist “smash­ing” through the sur­face. The Ara­bic hour nu­mer­als are ap­pro­pri­ately large, and tinted in green. Green is also used for the stitch­ing on the strap, which is made of heavy buf­falo leather that is likely to make the wearer think of the Hulk’s in­de­struc­tible hide.

Spi­der-man, per­haps Mar­vel’s most iconic hero, is also hon­ored with two time­pieces, both sport­ing the red-and-blue col­ors of the web-slinger’s cos­tume. The three-hand ver­sion comes with a black rub­ber strap and a blue fin­ish on the steel case. A white spi­der web pat­tern spreads across the bright blue dial, and the hero’s spi­der em­blem ap­pears at 12 o’clock. On the chrono­graph model (like the Black Pan­ther chrono, of­fered on a steel bracelet), the spi­der logo ap­pears in the chrono­graph sub­dial at 6 o’clock. On the dial’s flange, sur­round­ing the web-pat­terned dial, is a tachymeter scale high­lighted in red and blue.

Fi­nally, the whole uni­verse of Mar­vel He­roes and their decades of his­tory are cel­e­brated on the dial of the Mar­vel He­roes time­piece, per­haps the op­tion most ap­peal­ing to old-school fans of the comics. The navy blue dial fea­tures a patch­work of panel art­work from vin­tage Mar­vel Comics. Con­trast­ing red high­lights are used for the minute hand, the tip of the sec­onds hand, and on the blue tex­tile strap. All the watches are equipped with Cit­i­zen’s pro­pri­etary Eco-drive move­ments, which are pow­ered by any light source and thus do not re­quire bat­tery re­place­ments. They are also priced in a gen­eral con­sumer-friendly range be­tween $275 to $625.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.