Citizen's New Caliber 0200 Mechanical Movement

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Citizen's New Caliber 0200 Mechanical Movement

Post by temerityb » Mon Mar 15, 2021 9:49 pm

From WatchTime (https://www.watchtime.com/wristwatch-in ... raditions/):

After several years of launching new products built almost entirely on its signature Eco-Drive and Satellite Wave technologies — as well as mining its high-profile, pop-culture partnerships such as Disney properties Marvel and Star Wars — probably the last thing anyone expected from Japan’s Citizen Watch Co. this year was a new mechanical caliber. But that’s exactly what the brand has unveiled this week, and not just a mechanical movement but one that unites the vision of the braintrust at Citizen Watch Group and the Swiss horological expertise at movement-maker La Joux-Perret, a subsidiary of the Japanese conglomerate since 2012.

The new movement, Caliber 0200, is Citizen’s first new, in-house mechanical caliber since 2010, created to be “an innovative fusion of Japanese and Swiss watchmaking cultures.” All design and assembly, the company says, takes place in Japan, and it also incorporates the high-horology finishing techniques for which La Joux-Perret, a supplier to many Swiss luxury watchmakers outside the Citizen Group, is renowned.

Citizen also says that Caliber 0200 is intended to carry on the company’s long tradition of highly accurate watches — which began in 1918 with the Caliber 16 pocketwatch developed by its predecessor, the Shokosha Watch Research Institute, and has continued all the way to the introduction of modern innovations like Eco-Drive and multi-band atomic timekeeping. The new movement was designed to exceed international chronometer standards for accuracy, achieving an average daily accuracy of -3 to +5 seconds. It’s equipped with a free-sprung balance wheel, a mainstay of highly accurate mechanical watches, which maintains rate stability over time and offers a high level of shock protection and resistance to long-term wear. The layered design for the wheels showcases many of the components, which are finished to haute horlogerie standards.

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