Citizen, that other Japanese watch brand, is about the present its very first tourbillon watch. Indeed, you read it effectively, this isn’t an error. The Citizen Tourbillon Y01 will be dispatched next month, and will be exclusively accessible (and made for) the 300th commemoration of retail chain Daimaru. A fascinating subtlety is that the watch, and its tourbillon development, shows a ton of likeness to a tourbillon made by Japanese free watchmaker Hajime Asaoka.
Of course we’ll report more when the authority news shows up, anyway we needed to impart this news to you after we read it on a nearby watch discussion, who got the report from our partner SJX ( see here ). The news was initially distributed by WWD Japan and they express that the new tourbillon from Citizen will be accessible for approx. $ 90,000 USD. This unquestionably isn’t a deal, not in any event, considering the way that it’s a tourbillon. Montblanc sets the cost for their ExoTourbillon Slim at € 35.000 EUR , and recently Ulysse Nardin presented the Marine Tourbillon Grand Feu Enamel at a retail cost of approx. € 28.000 EUR. However…. furthermore, this is a huge “however”, the watch shows a considerable amount of likeness to Hajime Asaoka’s Project T Tourbillon.
Of course we concentrated something beyond the photographs of the front of the two watches, as the development side is in any event as significant. The extensions are very different fit as a fiddle, and even the situation of gems is distinctive on the two watches. Anyway a few pieces of the tourbillon case, and equilibrium spring stud, appears to show some resemblance. Likewise the completing shows a lot of similarity.
Hajime Asaoka disclosed to SJX that he has no comment on a potential association in creating as well as assembling the Citizen Tourbillon Y01, anyway we would not be astonished in the event that he is. No, we would be amazed in the event that he isn’t! It is intriguing to note that Asaoka’s Project T Tourbillon retails for simply under $ 70,000 USD, and the Citizen Tourbillon Y01 will retail for some $20k more. That’s a critical cost difference.
Of course we don’t know Citizen for its very good quality watches, just in light of the fact that there are none. At any rate not what we at Monochrome would call top of the line. Notwithstanding, after some time they have procured brands like Arnold & Son , the development make La Joux Perret, and watch brands Frederique Constant , Alpina and Atelier DeMonaco . Through these names they are as of now in the market of very good quality watches, however not yet with the name of Citizen on the dial.
The Tourbillon Y01 will come in a 18k white gold case, estimating 42mm in measurement, and with a white finish dial. As per the text on the dial, everything, including the tourbillon development, is planned and fabricated in Tokyo, Japan. We’ll keep you posted!