Hey all watch lovers, get ready for a totally new time keeping concept. This autumn, Citizen is bringing you the limited edition Eco-Drive Satellite Wave, a timekeeping machine that has just popped up from the drawing boards. It is no more a concept but has become a reality.
Innovation in Time Keeping
This timepiece belongs to the next generation in the long history of timekeeping. It uses a new technology that searches and find which of the twenty-four navigational satellites is closest to it.
Then it receives the signal from the satellite to show the day, date and time. Atomic clocks control the time keeping system of these satellites. It is said that atomic clocks may lose or gain a second in say, a million years.
The result is precision of the highest level. Since you are getting the same reading, imagine the level of precision that you will be carrying around. Rest assured that wherever you are, you will not have to worry about time. The 24 satellites go round the earth in every 12 hours and at no time is a place on earth that is not covered by any one satellite.
Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave Design
If the precision in timekeeping is insured by the satellites, how can you not find any design concept that has been inspired by the satellites? Take a look at the metal ring that you find embedded in the glass bezel.
It seems to float, just like the satellites that float in space and move in their orbits. The case is round and it appears to be free from the lugs. Conceptually it has been designed to resemble the image of earth.
The spirals that are visible from the sides represent the radio waves that feed the watch and also the light waves that provide power to the watch. Yes, the Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave is powered completely by light.
So power from light and satellite feed of time and date combine to give the watch a sense of perpetuality. The dials are arranged in three dimensional positions and when looked through the glass bezel they create a futuristic design representing engines of spaceships.
Technically speaking, the movement is Calibre H990 Eco-Drive with Satellite Timekeeping System having a reception footprint that covers the whole of the world. It features perpetual calendar and shows the world time in 26 selected cities.
The case is 100 meters water resistant and made from ceramic and stainless steel. It may feel a bit big on narrow wrists. This yet-to-launch technological wonder has not yet been priced and even the final number of watches that will be produced is to be decided.
The concept is extremely futuristic and it can be assured that whenever you wear the watch it will be a totally new feeling to think that you have been linked up to the space above by the simple looking device on your wrist. The Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave watch will be limited and in the $3000 price range.
However, a doubt may flicker in your mind, and that is ‘How will the watch behave in an area where it gets difficult to get good reception of satellite signals?’