Inspired by a "City at Night" theme, this work of art by Citizen is a cold, unrelenting super titanium alloy masterpiece.
A magnificent Citizen expression of the fusion of technology with beauty. I'm sure you'll agree, this watch is very deserving
of Japan's' 2012 'Good Design Award'. It is a Citizen 25th Anniversary Edition Eco-Drive, Radio Controlled and all Titanium alloy watch. It has a dual curve sapphire crystal.
Glancing at this watch I am reminded of something taken from a technologically advanced, seemingly utopian future
(ala Minority Report or Artificial Intelligence), the design of the watch is far beyond its time and is the reason
I decided to post this review... pure admiration and absolute awe at Japanese design.
I am by no means a watch enthusiast, however when I saw this watch (both in person and online)
I knew this was a very special piece and I hope this review helps anyone thinking of buying one.
The multi-faceted, layered design is an artistic expression of light and shadow with a strong emphasis on a three dimensional form.
There is a strikingly handsome Citizen logo stamped on the inside of the sapphire crystal dome and it hovers ever so gracefully, adorning
the front of the watch like a guardian angel, casting a black shadow across the dial. This is a small, unorthodox design feature that really
adds a unique element to the watch.
The dome itself is dual curve sapphire crystal and is ever so slightly raised to absorb (and reflect) light in all the right places.
The watch gives off strong reflections in all levels of lighting,
adding great readability and clarity no matter how light or dark it is. The watch shines sharply, with razor edges that gleam with a mirror
like finish akin to a samurai sword being unsheathed. These elements are carefully calculated to add depth, beauty
and a high degree of visual appeal. Again, its hard for this to be portrayed in photos but in person its absolutely stunning.
The blue luminescence is more than sufficient in low lighting and still visible in total darkness and looks wonderful.
The case and bracelet is elegant and very eye-catching. They both utilise Citizen's Super Titanium alloy making
it very light but highly durable with the watch also plated in Duratect DLC coating. This provides further scratch resistance making it
about four times harder then its original form. Citizen uses a cylindrical titanium roller in the bracelet at each of the lugs.
This Gyro Fit, is used for comfort but still looks great. The fit allows for better curvature around the wrist. The dual push
button deployment clasp has a micro-adjustment that can be easily adjusted without needing any tools! This is very convenient if you
want to adjust the bracelet length say for cold or hot weather, when blood-flow either constricts or dilates.
The watch is about 44mm wide, 14mm thick and weighs 95g. The thickness is accounted for with the deeply domed, dual curve,
anti-reflective coated sapphire crystal. Its size and weight make it incredibly comfortable.
Please note: the following pictures are the only pictures I did not personally
It gets better. The functionality of the watch is ingenious and EVERY function is effortlessly accessed with very little tinkering.
The sub-dial closest to the 6 is your actual seconds counter while the chronograph seconds are counted by the
second hand on the main dial (a small but particularly effective diversion from common design). To start or stop the chronograph
simply hit the top right button (no need to pull the crown out), a very accurate chronograph (1/5th of a second up to 60 minutes)
at your disposal any time with a simple push of a button!!
There is also a 24 hour counter at the 2 position which indicates AM or PM for the main clock.
This particular model has Citizen's Direct Flight technology which means that if you want to change the time zone well you're in luck.
All you need to do is pop the crown out one click and start turning to cycle through 26 time zones seamlessly while the hands adjust
themselves. Simply, elegant and damn good design. Furthermore, you can adjust Daylight Savings to be automatic or manual by
pushing the lower right button (also with the crown out one click). This means you can retrieve Daylight Savings time adjustments
automatically when the watch receives radio signals. The watch syncs to five radio stations located in four regions.
The signal adjusts the time and calender (and if automatic Daylight Savings is on, DST as well). The stations are located at:
1. Japan (two stations, one in Kyushu, one in Fukushima)
2. USA (Fort Collins station, Denver, Colorado)
3. Germany (Mainflingen station, Southeast Frankfurt)
4. China (Shangqiu, Henan)
The watch automatically recieves signal at 2am, if unsuccessful, at 3am, then 4am. You can also manually sync if needed.
Near perfect accuracy, all day, everyday. Its wonderful peace-of-mind knowing you have such
accurate time-keeping at your disposal.
Being an Eco-Drive watch, the watch can last an astonishing 4 YEARS in the dark when fully charged in sleep mode!!!!
There is also a power level indicator at the 10
which can be read after pressing the lower right button.
The Alarm is easily set by popping the crown out two clicks. To set the minute hand you simply turn the crown, then to set the
hour hand you simply press the upper right button and turn the crown. Then you can turn the alarm on/off by pressing the right
lower button. So easy!
One of the great things about it (and this surprised me the most) is that the Radio Controlled time works
in Melbourne, Australia. With the time zone set to Sydney (+10) the watch automatically sets the
receiving station to Japan (closest station). I actually wasn't expecting the watch to sync, but lo and behold, roughly
every 2nd night, the watch syncs itself to the Japanese radio signal, ensuring I have accurate time all the time.
That surprises me even more, as my other Radio Controlled watch the Citizen AT3014-54e
(which also uses the Japan radio signal), does not sync anywhere near as often.
I cannot recommend this watch enough. It is definitely a dress watch and attracts attention due to its
finely polished edges and mirror like finishing. It is the definition of technology fused with advanced design far ahead of its time.
Keeping with its "City at Night" theme it captures the essence of smooth surfaces, light and shadow with deep multi-faceted
layers that look absolutely extraordinary when viewed at different angles. Each time I look at this watch
I'm absolutely captivated at how unique and advanced it looks. This one will be in my possession for
many, many years to come.
Here's a final picture of the watch next to my other Citizen Attesa Eco-Drive Radio Controlled Titanium watch (AT3014-54e, my daily watch.)
Found this excellent HD video that captures
the wonderful light, shadow and reflections this watch gives off depending on angles viewed.
A big thanks to the author of the Youtube video!