Citizen’s relationship with Titanium dates back to 1970, when the Japanese watchmaker created the X-8 Chronometer, the world’s first titanium wristwatch.
According to Citizen, it was the use of Titanium (particularly its lightweight and corrosion resistant properties) in the Apollo spacecraft in the 1960s, that inspired the brand to learn more. While titanium offers many advantages, the metal in the manufacturing process can sometimes stick to the mould when a pressure of a hundred or more tons is applied, resulting in deformation. In comparison to stainless steel, Titanium has a softer surface and can be easily scratched. Citizen overcame these challenges in 2000, by developing Super-Titanium – the brands’ very own surface treatment and titanium processing technology that offers nearly five times the surface hardness of stainless steel, color variations, and a finish that is a lot smoother.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the X-8 Chronometer, Citizen presents the Satellite Wave GPS F950 Titanium 50th Anniversary Limited Edition watch. Futuristic in design, this stylish 47.5mm timepiece features a two-tone angular case – made up of two parts – “Duratect DLC” and “Duratect Sakura Pink”. The Super Titanium being used in the watch is also being used in the HAKUTO-R lunar exploration program; an initiative by iSpace – one of Japan’s leading private space exploration firms, headquartered in Tokyo. Super-Titanium will be applied to all the Titanium components of the HAKUTO-R lunar lander and lunar rover to improve the reliability and environmental resistance of the spacecraft’s titanium parts.
The black dial comprises a multi-layered structure with six parts stacked on top of one another, evoking the image of the endless depths of outer space. It is protected by a sapphire glass with anti-reflective coating. Other elements on the dial include: local time display, world time display, chronograph function, alarm, a complete calendar as well as a power-reserve indicator.
Fitted with an F950 Eco-Drive GPS SATELLITE WAVE movement, the watch is accurate to ±5 seconds per month (without time signal reception) and has a run time of 5 years in power saving mode. With exclusive reception of time data, the movement has the ability to receive GPS satellite signals within 3 seconds, offering remarkably fast watch hand movements – all thanks to a high-speed twin-coil motor that is capable of rotating the second hand 360° forward or reverse in a single second.
Presented on a bracelet made from Super Titanium, the new 550 piece limited edition Citizen Satellite Wave GPS F950 Titanium 50th Anniversary Limited Edition is priced at approx. $7,499 Australian Dollars
To know more visit www.citizenwatches.com.au