Citizen’s Attesa 35th Anniversary Model in (Literal) Space Age Titanium
When the sporty-tech Citizen Attesa debuted 35 years ago, the idea of Japan putting technology on the Moon might have seemed like a pipe dream. But the just-launched Hakuto-R lunar lander incorporates some intriguing, stellar Citizen technology that also rides along on this timepiece.
The year 1987 wasn’t exactly a significant one for space exploration. The last Moon landing was more than a decade prior, and the world had settled into a generally routine series of NASA Space Shuttle missions.
However, in this sedate era, watchmaker Citizen introduced a technologically advanced timepiece called Attesa, which is Italian for “expectation” or “anticipation.” Hyper-jump to today’s renewed interest in space exploration, and the name is nothing short of a prophecy.
Titanium on Steroids
Under the direction of the Japan-based ispace, inc. organization, the recently-launched Hakuto-R Mission 1 project intends to put the world’s first private, commercial lander on the Moon. However, this is only possible with the help of Citizen’s propriety Super Titanium technology, which comprises two critical parts of the lander’s light, durable leg assemblies.
Without too much surprise, the new Attesa (ref. CC4066-69E) limited edition Eco-Drive chronograph is wrought from that very same titanium innovation. Created for the watch’s 35th anniversary and in partnership with the Hakuto-R project, it offers a sharp, tech-forward time-keeper you can easily picture on an astronaut’s wrist.
The Deep Blue of Space?
Core case and bracelet materials aside, and more to the point, the new Attesa is also designed with a firm grasp of the spirit of renewed space exploration typified by the Hakuto-R mission. As we, as a planet, begin to reassert our interest in and retrench our intimate knowledge of the Moon, and the cosmos in general, outer space is no longer an unknown black expanse – the universe becomes blue with the light of exploration.
A new cutting-edge DLC blue process lends a gorgeous cerulean hue to the Attesa CC4066-69E’s bezel and mid-bracelet links. This new process retains the toughness features of Citizen’s signature Duratect DLC hardening technology while delivering them in an outworldly blue shade that is even more scratch-resistant, smooth, and shimmering.
An equally spacey blue dial with bright dots indicating a starry night and contrasting silver-tone hands offers an “in-capsule” display of the multitude of functions supported by Citizen’s advanced F950 quartz movement. The movement is not only powered by Citizen’s legendary light-source-drawing Eco-Drive technology, but it also packs in satellite wave GPS technology, which enables the fastest satellite time-signal reception possible (as little as 3 seconds) to constantly update the watch’s extraordinary precision.
Expect 40 time-zone world timing, dual time zones, UTC 24-hour timing, a perpetual calendar, and other advanced functions when you strap this timepiece on, wherever your travels take you.
Pricing & Availability
The Citizen Attesa CC4066-69E 35th Anniversary limited edition retails for $3,550 and is available exclusively at Citizen Watch Online. Visit Citizen’s website for more information.
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