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Japan is known for many things, perhaps one of the most widely recognised for its technological innovations. In the world of watches, Japanese watchmakers are widely known to excel in integrating modern technologies and meticulous craftsmanship to their watches, proving to be a serious competitor against the Swiss. Since 1950, Orient has been one of the most prominent watchmakers in Japan, producing mechanical in-house movements and high quality watches that pack incredible value. Joining the Seiko Epson group in the early 2000s, Orient continued to strive in producing a wide array of options ranging from divers to dress watches.
Orient Star features Orient’s luxury line of JDM watches, offering their most premium and most eminent watches among their brand. Distinguished by the beautifully finished movements and refined designs, Orient Star focuses primarily on three main categories: Classic, Sports and Contemporary, each having their own unique design element and characteristics.
Guaranteeing versatility with timeless designs suitable for any occasion, the Orient Star Contemporary Collection dates back to 1951 when the first timepiece incorporating Orient’s in-house chronometer was released. Each “true star” timepiece shows off an elegant dress watch case, silver hands, a reliable mechanical movement and trendy dial designs. Over the next few decades, Orient introduced well-received line-ups like the Orient Star Dynamic and skeleton-styled Orient Mon Bijou. Orient also launched sports divers such as the Weekly Auto Orient King Diver Ref. 19410, built with the brand’s first-ever automatic mechanism, around the same time as collections from Seiko and Citizen were released during the 1990s.
|Orient Star Mechanical Contemporary Two-Tone Blue 41 - Ltd Ed 900pcs Ref. RE-AV0120L|
Orient has unveiled their latest iteration of their Contemporary line, and within clads the Orient Star Mechanical Contemporary Two-Tone Blue 41 Ref. RE-AV0120L - Ltd Ed 900pcs. Introducing a two-tone dial and bezel to the Mechanical Contemporary lineup, this new 900 pieces limited edition is set to amaze all watch enthusiasts who cherish good watchmaking. Being part of the collection, this exquisite timepiece exhibits an evergreen aesthetic that delivers elegance and sophistication to suit any occasion.
Off the bat, a high level of detail is reflected in the tastefully finished case of the Orient Star Mechanical Contemporary. The polished stainless steel case receives a highly finished bevelled edge that extends from one end of the lug to another, adding a touch of depth and luxurious character to the case. This timepiece flaunts a Sallaz satin-brush and polish finishing on its case while the back of the watch features a full polishing, unique to Orient’s premium line. What’s more, its pink gold bezel gets a full high gloss polish treatment that bestows the watch with an alluring lustre.
|Caliber F6F44 with power reserve indicator|
Matching the glamour of its watch case, this timepiece’s multi-finished solid end link bracelet forms a perfect fit on the wrist and accentuates its silver handset and metal trims on its dial markers. Made from SUS316L stainless steel, this bracelet gives this watch a sturdy feel and comfortable yet secure fitting.
This high polish finish contrasts especially well with the satin brushed finish on the side of the case. Having a case diameter of 41mm, 12mm thick in height, and a lug to lug distance of 49mm, the modern watch has a good size that fits most wrist sizes. Moreover, the lugs curve downwards gently, allowing the watch to hug the wrist comfortably. The watch is water resistant up to 100m (10 bar), making it perfect for everyday use.
|Orient Star's top of the line Semi Skeleton watch|
Without a doubt, the star of the show is the magnificent dial of the Orient Star. Underneath the flat crystal, the semi-skeleton design from the series incorporates beautiful dial colours representing the sky and the sea connecting the world, began with the desire of Orient Star to be worn by people around the globe. Inspired by the seaside at dawn, the model depicts beautiful sea and sky scenes just after the sun has risen. Contrasting with its pink gold colour on the bezel, hands, and indices which symbolises the warm light of the sun, the gradation from green in the center of the dial to navy blue on the outer edges symbolises the emerald green of the lapping waves and the dark blue of the sky.
Perfecting the craft since 1991, openwork watchmaking is no stranger to Orient which had released their first-ever semi-skeleton watch, the Orient Star Ref. WZ0011FH, in October 2003. The expertise of this watchmaker is proudly showcased on the intricate dial workings of this Orient Star Mechanical Contemporary. Admire the stunning skeletonized cut-outs, especially at 9’oclock which reveals the balance wheel powering this fine timepiece, on its sunburst green dial. Hence, the openwork at 9 o'clock reveals the watchmaker’s attention to detail in framing this cut-out with sleek metallic trimming and applying a high-polish to the balance bridge underneath, to bring out the aesthetics of this semi-skeleton dial.
|Glows green in the dark|
Moreover, the beautiful metallic seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock fits in seamlessly with the openwork design and balances the aesthetics of the watch.
Displayed through the screw-in case back, the in-house caliber F6F44 is an exclusive automatic movement that is only used in Orient timepieces. This stellar engine is crafted with 24 jewels, has a 50-hour power reserve and operates at 21,600bph.
Matching the glamour of the Orient Star Mechanical Contemporary Two-Tone Blue 41 Ref. RE-AV0120L - Ltd Ed 900pcs , this timepiece’s multi-finished solid end link bracelet forms a perfect fit on the wrist and accentuates its dial and casework. Made from SUS316L stainless steel, this bracelet gives this watch a sturdy feel and comfortable yet secure fitting.
Robust, remarkable and reliable, the Orient Star Mechanical Contemporary Two-Tone Blue 41 Ref. RE-AV0120L - Ltd Ed 900pcs achieves the functionality and style as expected of an excellent JDM mechanical watch. Marvel at the impeccable skeleton dial that continues the expert watchmaking legacy of Orient. Indulge in the satisfyingly handsome aesthetics of this luxury Orient Star timepiece that brings you all the grandeur of Japanese horology in a single timepiece, a worthy addition to any collection.