The year is still 2021, Orient Star is still celebrating its 70th anniversary, and more limited-edition watches are being launched. We are concluding the batch of new model releases that began last week with one more announcement that actually presents four different models – all are mechanically familiar, but with new dials – that are, honestly, quite attractive and unusual.
Mechanical Moon Phase
Orient's familiar semi-skeleton moon phase, in its "Classic Collection" form, is being presented now with a unique gradient green-blue colored MOP dial, somewhat similar to the recent limited edition of the Contemporary Moonphase.
The new look sure is eye-catching, some might call it too flashy, but it's definitely a design that cannot be ignored. Orient says it is inspired by nebulae. We are not going to argue over this.
Technically you get all the current features and dimensions of the other Classic Moonphase models: the movement is cal. F7M62, offering 50 hours of power reserve and +15/-5 seconds per day accuracy, housed in a 41mm wide case, and lug width is 20mm.
Front and back crystals are sapphire, with the front getting Orient's Super-Anti-Reflective (SAR) treatment, which is very effective. The case-back is also numbered, as the different references are limited:
· Intenational reference RE-AY0111A, with a black cordovan leather strap, is limited to 100 units.
· JDM ref. RK-AY0109A is limited to 200 units – and comes with a different crocodile leather strap.
· Prestige Shop model RE-AY0101A is also limited to 200 units, and comes with both steel bracelet and leather strap.
The price is around $2,000 USD, with a small premium on the Prestige Shop model.
The Modern Skeleton is another design that is immediately identifiable with Orient Star. With this 70th anniversary release it gets the glittering dial that we've recently seen on some other Orient watches, such as the Layered Skeleton limited reference RK-AV0B05E.
Specs are standard Modern Skeleton: the movement is automatic, hand-winding and hacking cal. F6F44 with 50 hours of power reserve, case width is 41mm, lug-to-lug length is 49mm, thickness is 12mm, and the lug width is 21mm. The front crystal is sapphire, while the case-back uses organic glass.
Here too, the different references are limited:
· Reference RE-AV0118L is attached to a blue calf-leather strap, and limited to 600 pieces.
· JDM Ref. RK-AV0118L is identical to the global version, and limited to 300 units.
· Prestige Shop ref. RK-AV0119L is limited to 250 units, and offers both steel bracelet and leathe strap.
Prices are around 850 USD, again with the Prestige Shop model being slightly higher.
Classic Semi Skeleton
The new version of the Orient Star Classic Semi-Skeleton was announced less than a couple of weeks ago, and already it receives a limited, 70th-anniversary edition – for both the men's and ladies models.
The treatment here is somewhat subtler than the aforementioned Moonphase and Modern Skeleton editions, as is appropriate for the new understated style of the watch. The men's version gets a blue dial with sparkling "stars", and the women's model get a similar dial – plus golden bezel and crown.
The men's model is priced close to 600 USD, and includes:
· JDM Reference RK-AT0205L with a blue leather strap, limited to 400 units.
· Similar ref. RE-AT0205L is limited to 450 units worldwide.
· Prestige Shop ref. RK-AT0206L is limited to 200 units, and includes two leather straps, blue and brown.
The ladies model is priced around 500 USD, and includes:
· JDM Reference RK- ND0014L with a blue leather strap, limited to 300 units.
· Similar ref. RE- ND0014L is limited to 150 units worldwide.
· Prestige Shop ref. RK- ND0015L is limited to 200 units, and includes two leather straps, blue and brown.
Interestingly, while the men's model is produced in larger numbers for global distribution, the ladies' model will be available in larger numbers in Japan. Possibly an indication of the different watches' popularity in and outside Japan?