Citizen has just released a new limited watch in their Japan-only Attesa line: the Perfex Multi 3000 20th Anniversary Limited Edition, an atomic Eco-Drive powerhouse that manages to look semi-dressy while still packing in the features:
- Worldwide atomic receiver (works in Japan, US, and in Europe).
- Eco-Drive (Citizen's term for solar powered), with an astounding 2.5 year power reserve.
- Second time zone LCD and an analog UTC subdial.
- 99-minute countdown timer.
- Stopwatch with a resolution of 1/100th of a second and a maximum duration of 24 hours.
- Integrated bracelet (nice enough, but a minor negative for those of us who like to switch to a strap occasionally).
- Two world time alarms.
- Titanium case and bracelet with DLC coating (diamond-like carbon — very scratch-resistant).
- Synthetic sapphire crystal with antireflective coating.
- LED backlight.
- Battery charge indicator.
- Water resistant to 100 meters, or about 330 feet.
The Citizen Attesa Perfex Multi 3000 is 41mm in diameter which is a nice contemporary size without being too
large. It's 12.6mm thick, and 102g in weight. The ATV53-2832 goes for ¥115,500, or about $944.
I consider the Attesa line to be in competition with Oceanus watches from Casio and the Seiko Brightz World Time. These are superb
watches if you travel frequently as they are maintenance-free (Eco-Drive), extremely accurate (world-wide atomic), and they make it very easy to switch between time zones. The Citizen Attesa even makes a decent dress watch, though the
LED display would probably bar them from the most formal settings.
By Paul Hubbard