Earlier this year, Citizen introduced a new watch model equipped with the Caliber 0200, its first mechanical movement designed after a very long time. The model includes the new movement that was produced in collaborating with Swiss manufacturer La Joux-Perret, which it acquired back in 2012, combining the Swiss maker’s movement manufacturing and finishing expertise with its Japanese parent company’s mechanical design and assembly capabilities.
The Citizen Caliber 0200 is equipped with the brand’s first mechanical movement developed from scratch as a high-end caliber(“The Citizen” is the name of the watch model, while Caliber 0200 refers to movement as well as this specific model). Although the brand did launch a version of The Citizen with an automatic movement in 2010, the new Caliber 0200 is radically different, and far more superior. Of course, while the main focus for the watch is the new movement, the overall presentation of the watch itself is outstanding.
You won’t see a Citizen watch of this caliber too often. The Caliber 0200 is a major improvement over The Citizen of 2010, which was the brand’s first high-end automatic. An eminently traditional design that took no chances, that model was powered by the cal. 0910 was derived from an existing Citizen movement. On the contrary , the Caliber 0200 is operated by a brand-new movement.
It uses a free-sprung balance wheel to aid in shock resistance all while running at 28,800vph. Citizen provides a certificate of compliance confirms that the movements achieve better than COSC performance with daily accuracy of -3 to +5 seconds per day. This certificate is only achieved after 17 days of testing at in various positions and temperatures. The movement has 60 hours of power reserve and can be seen via a display case back.
At first glance of the C0200 from a distance, the watch model looks safe and sturdy. However, if you take a closer look at the details, you can tell the craftsmanship on the watch case and band are made with high quality finish. The new model comes with a retro-designed case bearing traces of the brand’s glorious past. The case, which nods to the luxury sports watch trend, one of the popular trends of recent times, is designed with a diameter of 40mm and a height of 10.9mm. The stainless steel case, with sapphire crystals on the front and back, is resistant to water pressure up to 50 meters.
Its black dial boasts a distinctive sand-ripple texture, which creates subtle color variations and shadows, which was achieved through a technique known as electroforming. The dial is decorated with the Citizen script and the classic eagle symbol of the brand, and a small seconds sub-dial designed with circular lines resting at 6 o’clock. The first Citizen watch outfitted with Caliber 0200, the company projects, will be available at retail in the fall 2021, with a list price of $6,000USD.
Citizen The Citizen
Diameter: 40 mm
Height: 10.9 mm
Material: Stainless steel
Water resistance: 50 m
Movement: Caliber 0200
Features: Hours, minutes, and seconds
Frequency: 28,800 beats per hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 60 hours
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet
Limited edition: No, regular collection
Availability: Starting fall 2021 at Citizen boutiques and retailers
Price: US$6,000; ¥550,000; 9,500 Singapore dollars (all excluding taxes)
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Written by Sam
Photo by Toni