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Orient Star just announced two new skeleton watches which join its Sports collection. Combining refined aesthetics and high performance, these new models combine Orient Star’s first automatic movement with a silicon escape wheel. Small article to make you discover these novelties.
Orient Star, the high-end version of Orient
East is a Japanese watch company that we often recommend to our readers when they are looking for a quality watch with a nice design and don’t want to break the bank. We had tested and particularly liked their automatic watch East RA-AG5L10B
East Star is the “high-end” sub-brand of Orient with models marketed between 500 and 2000$ approximately. Among their previous launches, we note the Orient Star RE-AV5L00B who was an excellent model and the famous “Moon Phase“which has met with great commercial success on watches costing more than $2,000. Well, it is in this last price segment that the Orient brand is now launching two new skeleton watches.
Orient Star Commits to Mechanical Skeleton Watches
The new skeleton models from Orient Star make full use of the inorganic texture of the metal, and the precision-cast openworked dial is the first thing that catches the eye. The intricate layout of the two-layered dial has been expertly calculated so that the boundary between the movement and the watch is transparent without discontinuity. The upper plate with the indexes is of a different color and finish from the lower plate which protects the upper plate from shocks and deformations. The seconds hands are arranged to stand out from the top plate, giving a sense of depth and dimension to the distinct skeletal structure.
SAR-coated sapphire crystal reduces light reflection by 99% and ensures that every facet of the design is clearly visible. The skeleton design is complemented by the automatic movement caliber F8F64. The F8F64 caliber is adorned with Geneva stripes on the surface and has a partially hollowed plate which reveals a silicon escape wheel close to the small seconds at 6 o’clock. This wheel was created using high-precision manufacturing technology that has been patented in Japan and internationally.
Furthermore, with the introduction of the silicon escape wheel, the F8F64 caliber hasa power reserve of 60 hours – a first for an automatic movement from Orient Star – and offers high precision from +15 seconds to -5 seconds per second for significantly improved practical performance.
The high quality stainless steel (SUS316L) case and bezel with hex screws has a delicate brushed finish that creates a strong impression of elegance with the dial and movement, while the mirror finish achieved through Sallaz polishing adds accent. at the watch.
The new skeleton models
The first model RE-BZ0001S emphasizes the metal solidity of the watch with a metal strap.
The second model, the RE-BZ0002B is a sporty and fearless model that combines a black plated case and dial with a Cordura ballistic nylon strap.
- Automatic movement (with manual winding) in-house mechanical caliber F8F64 made in Japan
- 60 hour power reserve
- Accuracy＋15 seconds～-5 seconds per day
- Housing material: Stainless steel (SUS316L)
- Case size: Height 50.0 mm / width 42.3 mm / thickness 12.4 mm
- Front glass: Sapphire crystal (SAR (super anti-reflective) treatment),
- Back glass: sapphire crystal
- Stainless steel bracelet (SUS316L) with trifold folding clasp and push button / width 20 mm
- or Cordura ballistic nylon strap (black) / trifold with trifold folding clasp and push button / width 20 mm
- Water resistance to 10 bars (100 m), power reserve indicator,
- second hand, 24 jewels, luminous light, transparent caseback
- Price: around 2’000$ according to the sellers.
A brief history of Orient Star
- 1951: Creation of the Orient Star.
- 1957: The Orient Star Dynamic is launched with the hour, minute and second hands on the central axis of the watch.
- 1971: Creation of the series 46 movement, which combines both practicality and high precision. This movement has been the basic movement of the Orient Star and the Orient brand for 50 years.
- 1991: Launch of Mon Bijou, a skeleton model of high quality and great aesthetics.
- 1996: The power reserve indicator, which has become an emblematic element of the brand, is integrated into the design.
- 2017: Orient Watch Co. Ltd. merges with Seiko Epson Corporation, a company with a strong watchmaking heritage and a focus on precision.
- 2017: The mechanical Moon Phase, a cosmic timepiece, is launched as a symbol of this new collaboration.
- 2021: Orient Star celebrates its 70th anniversary.
We hope you found this article interesting and you can find out more on the Orient Star brand website.
Where to buy Orient watches
More than fifty models of Orient watches are available on Amazon with delivery within a few days