Citizen Impresses With Its New Calibre 0200 Made In Collaboration With La Joux-Perret
The Japanese brand takes a monumental leap forward with their new in-house calibre and The CITIZEN novelty.
Over the past two decades, Citizen Watch Co. Ltd. (a.k.a. Citizen Group) has been steadily assembling a vast portfolio of watch brands and watch industry suppliers. Thanks to these strategic acquisitions, Citizen Group now controls Bulova, Accutron, Alpina, Arnold & Son, Frederique Constant, Miyota, and today’s topic, La Joux-Perret.
The New Citizen Calibre 0200
Since they acquired the Manufacture La Joux-Perret in 2012, Citizen has quietly integrated the famed watchmaker's know-how across its various business units. Meanwhile, Citizen has been hard at work to create an entirely new in-house movement, the Calibre 0200.
This new movement sports a wide range of finishings and ultra-precise accuracy thanks to its free-sprung balance wheel design. And due to a technical exchange between Citizen and La Joux-Perret, the Calibre 0200 is the first new Citizen movement in over a decade. Inspired by a pocket watch movement made by Citizen's predecessor, the Shokosha Watch Research Institute, the Calibre 0200 is the culmination of both manufactures’ histories of modern technological innovation.
This new automatic movement boasts an entirely re-designed gear train, including a new oscillating weight. Additionally, all of the Calibre 0200’s bridges feature satinage finishing, a series of microscopic hairline finishes that are more refined than your typical brushed finishes. Furthermore, the beveled edges of the movement are diamond-cut which adds to the aesthetic appeal of the Calibre 0200.
It's important to note that La Joux-Perret manufactures the oscillating weight, the mainplate, and the bridges, but the movement was designed, developed, and assembled by Citizen in Japan.
Thanks to Citizen's advanced watchmaking technologies, the new Calibre 0200 achieves an accuracy of -3 to +5 seconds per day. This achievement exceeds chronometric standards and positions Citizen well ahead of their competitors.
The CITIZEN Watch
For the launch of the new Calibre 0200, Citizen didn't just release a new movement. The brand also released a distinctive new watch to house it. The reference NC0200 90E (a.k.a. The CITIZEN) timepiece features a textured sand ripple dial. And just under 12 o'clock on the black dial, you will find an Eagle Mark, which depicts an eagle with its wings fully extended.
According to the brand’s press release, “This mark symbolizes the two enduring commitments of The CITIZEN watches: to always look ahead and pursue the ideal, and to become an integral part of users’ lives.”
The new time-only The CITIZEN timepiece is sized at 40mm and encased in stainless steel. The watch's case and integrated bracelet feature similar finishing to the Calibre 0200 with alternating brushed/hairline finishes and mirror-polished edges. Moreover, the Calibre 0200 movement is viewable through a sapphire crystal caseback.
The new ref. NC0200 90E will be available in early autumn and carries a retail price tag of $6,000.
Technical Talking Points
The new Calibre 0200 incorporates a flurry of technical achievements. Most notably, its free spring-balance wheel, which is the product of a new manufacturing process developed in-house by Citizen. By using its new LIGA fabrication process, Citizen can ensure optimum accuracy for its new escapement.
The movement's minimalistic layout allows the geartrain to perform at a high level, and it is protected against shocks thanks to its free-sprung design. Furthermore, the new Calibre 0200 boasts a power reserve of 60 hours.
Each hand-assembled Calibre 0200 movement is tested for 17 days. During this period, the movements are tested in six positions at three different temperature levels. Finally, each finished timepiece comes with a Citizen Certificate of Compliance.
Why It’s Important
For collectors, it wasn't widely known that Citizen Group owned La Joux-Perret. The Swiss manufacture’s movements have powered the watches of dozens of different watch brands. From Panerai to Louis Vuitton, La Joux-Perret is renowned for their manufacture chronographs, manufacture tourbillons, and manufacture movements. Now, the Calibre 0200 will join Citizen's impressive portfolio.
Today’s release is a big deal because it is a fusion of Japanese tradition and Swiss know-how. Citizen can now stand alongside their accomplished Japanese peers with a movement of its own design, produced by its own manufacture, and finished to the exacting standards expected of today’s Japanese watchmakers.
(Images © Citizen Watch)