Just like its counterpart Seiko, Japan-based watchmaker Citizen is operating in multiple categories, in multiple fields of the watch industry and in multiple price ranges. From accessible dive watches to luxury sports watches powered by a high-end movement or even affordable automatics with a sporty-chic vibe, there’s a watch for most of us. Classic elegance with a Japanese vibe isn’t forgotten either, as demonstrated by the brand new Citizen Silver Leaf Lacquer NB1060 models… And if there are JDM-only watches, they’ll hit a market that is dominated by Presage watches, and with good arguments under the hood.
What’s to know about the new Citizen Silver Leaf Lacquer NB1060 collection is this: classic proportions, typical Japanese style and inspiration, elegant design, refined dial with an unusual technique of production and very capable automatic movement, all of that for a fair price. And this definition clearly plays along the lines of Seiko and its Presage collection. So yes, for now (and probably in the future too), these two new watches are only sold on the domestic market… but there are ways to play with the rules, as always.
What we know so far (as little has been said) about the two watches in this Citizen Silver Leaf Lacquer NB1060 collection is that you’ll face a reasonably sized, nicely design timepiece with classic elegance and discreet design. The case, made of stainless steel with Duratect surface hardening coating (to avoid scratches) measures 38.2mm in diameter, 12mm in height and 46mm in length. Very balanced dimensions that will certainly benefit comfort and elegance for business use. The case is finished with alternating brushed and polished surfaces, features a dual-curved and anti-reflective sapphire crystal and offers a comfortable 100m water-resistance.
As for the dial, you’ll have two options; silver-coloured (ref. NB1060-04A) or aquamarine blue (ref. NB1060-12L). Taking the colour out of the equation, both dials are identical and rely on a combination of two techniques already used in the past by Citizen. As indicated by its name, the dial uses the Silver Leaf technique and is then lacquered. The base metal dial is made by applying a silver foil followed by a thin layer of pigment. The process is done by hand and the result is a dial with an uneven and quite appealing texture. In addition to this, the NB1060 watches have nice faceted applied markers with brushed and polished surfaces, as well as faceted polished hands. The date window is also framed by a metallic element.
Depending on the version, the Citizen Silver Leaf Lacquer watches are worn on either a black Cordovan leather strap or an aquamarine blue calf leather strap. Both are closed by a folding clasp with a push-button release. Under the see-through caseback is the mid-range calibre 9011, an automatic movement with nice decoration and rotor, beating at 4Hz and boasting 42h of power reserve. Functions include a hacking second and quick-set date and the accuracy is announced at -10/+20 seconds/day.
Availability & Price
The Citizen Silver Leaf Lacquer NB1060 collection is released as a domestic market-only model. The production isn’t limited and the watches are now available from local boutiques and retailers. Prices are JPY 126,500 (about EUR 885 or USD 935) for the blue dial model and JPY 137,500 (about EUR 960 or USD 1,020) for the silver dial version. More details at citizen.jp.
As said, if these are JDM watches, there are ways to get around the rules as some Japanese online shops offer international shipping (which will add a bit to the price, due to import taxes). A quick search on Google with the reference numbers will bring you some options…
Technical specifications – Citizen Silver Leaf Lacquer NB1060
Case: 38.2mm diameter x 12mm height – 46mm lug-to-lug – stainless steel case, with Duratect Platinum surface hardening process – dual-curved sapphire crystal, AR coating – see-through caseback – 100m water-resistant
Dial: Silver leaf lacquer dial – applied facetted markers and hands, polished – available in silver or in aquamarine blue
Movement: Calibre 9011, in-house – automatic with central rotor – 24 jewels – 28,800 vibrations/hour – 42h power reserve – -10/+20 seconds/day rating – hours, minutes, seconds (hacking) and quick-set date
Strap: 19mm Black Cordovan leather or Blue Calf leather strap – folding clasp with push-button release
References: NB1060-04A silver dial
NB1060-12L blue dial
Availability: Now available, Japanese domestic market only
Price: JPY 126,500 (about EUR 885 / USD 935) for blue dial
JPY 137,500 (about EUR 960 / USD 1,020) for silver dial