Like all things Japanese, the Citizen Calibre 0200 champions finery and precision above everything else. A first for the house, the automatic mechanical watch comes in a comfortable 40mm in a lugless structure and an integrated bracelet. While the stainless steel bracelet community of watches may be a crowded one, the Calibre 0200 definitely jumps off the page for more reasons than one.
At first the watch looks simple, clean and minimal—true to the brand’s aesthetic and heritage. Upon closer inspection, the beauty in the details come to light, it’s almost like they are just for the wearer, it’s almost romantic. The intimacy begins on the dial itself, the ‘sand-ripple pattern’ as Citizen terms it, gives birth to a rough and matt surface in deep charcoal lending itself as the perfect canvas for the dauphine-shaped hands and baton markers. Although they are lume-less, the diamond tipped tool finishing leads to a mirror-like reflective quality that makes time visible in most lighting conditions. The seconds sub dial comes to life with a completely different finish that features concentric circles, brightening up the overall look of the watch dramatically.
But this is just the tip of the surface, quite literally, what really makes this piece one to watch out for is what lies within. Named after the movement itself, the Calibre 0200 is a movement made in collaboration with Swiss movement specialist La Joux-Perret. Combining the best of Japanese watch making and Swiss nuance the calibre 0200 features a free-sprung balance wheel that makes it highly shock resistant, and can achieve a daily accuracy of -3 to +5 seconds that surpasses chronometric standards. Ticking all the right boxes when it comes to a fine mechanical movement with 60 hours of power reserve it not only works beautifully but looks the part—each piece is finished with fine swiss techniques like satinage for the upper surfaces of bridges, diamond-cutting for the outer edges, the works. At approx $8000 Australian Dollars, it trumps its counterparts in more ways than one. While nobody may have said it yet, it is definitely a watch to watch and one to have.