COUTURE 2021: Accutron Aces Aesthetics And Energy By Expanding The Spaceview Collection
We take a look at two new additions to the Spaceview collection.
COUTURE 2021 has wrapped. And we are energized not only by socializing with enthusiasts, retailers, and brands in person but also by seeing watches in the metal.
One of the most powerful introductions came from Accutron. As you recall, the brand made a big comeback when it debuted the world’s first watches powered by electrostatic energy in 2020. And this year in Las Vegas, Accutron has expanded the collection with two new, very attractive additions to its Spaceview Collection.
Accutron was originally unveiled in 1960 and was known as the world’s first fully electronic calibre. At the time, it was the most important innovation in watchmaking history. Specifically, it was highly accurate to an unprecedented degree, and it was achieved through a tuning fork. But eventually, this technology was overridden by quartz calibres.
Still, Accutron continued to tinker with technology, creating a proprietary movement powered by electrostatic energy. This power is created by twin turbines, which, as a result of human motion, rotate at incredible speeds between two electrodes affixed to the movement.
That energy – stored in an accumulator – powers two motors, one fueling the fluid second hand and the other powering the hour and minute hands. These motors are synchronized through integrated circuits to provide accuracy to +/- 5 seconds a month.
Admittedly, many enthusiasts are experiencing green dial overload. But the Accutron Spaceview comes by its hue honestly. The original 1960s Spaceview was born when a transparent watch was made to show off the circuits of the electronic Accutron. Customers saw this display model in stores, and they wanted it on their wrists.
The 2021 Spaceviews seek to reinterpret the visual impact of the original’s avant-garde design with the same signature green accents. But now, the openwork dial commemorates the all-new electrostatic energy movement.
“These new timepieces, powered by electrostatic energy, are the first of their kind and pay tribute to the iconic Spaceview design that gave Accutron the recognition of being an industry trailblazer,” said Jeffrey Cohen, President, Citizen Watch America. “Accutron will continue to maintain its position at the forefront of timekeeping accuracy and is committed to upholding an extraordinary legacy of excellence in design, style, and technology.”
The 2021 Spaceviews come in a 43.5mm polished stainless steel case with super luminous hands and markers. They also have a domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and a water resistance to 50m. While the architecture is very modern, it’s the dial that provides the through-line between vintage Spaceviews and the new versions.
I’m with the Band
So, we have unparalleled technology and an unmistakable display. But what ramps up the appearance of this pair of futuristic timepieces is the choice of either a matte green or bright orange genuine American alligator strap. These options show off the green highlights of the dial in an unexpected way, making the color feel less like a novelty and more like a natural extension of the face.
Let it also be noted that the alligator strap is ethically sourced in the US under the guidance of the US Fish & Wildlife Regulations and all CITIES regulations for International Trade. Both versions are also equipped with easy-release spring bars.
Both styles are limited releases and retail for $3,650. The green strap is also available for purchase separately