Region exclusive watches are always a stab in the heart. Why are we denied access to wonderful timepieces because of something so trivial as geographic location? Especially when it’s a watch as lovely as Citizen’s new “Silver Leaf Lacquer” NB1060, a rival to Seiko’s Presage collection that’s exclusive to the Japanese Domestic Market.
Citizen have recently showcased their skill at producing high quality, accessible sports watches with releases such as the Super Titanium collection. However, the NB1060 is all together a different breed. Its stainless steel case has refined proportions with a diameter of 38.2mm, more in line with classical or retro timepieces. Although while the size is refined that’s not to say it isn’t also rugged and durable as it’s been treated with Citizen’s Duratect coating for added protection.
The lines of the case are smooth and attractive. The lugs are uncomplicated and the bezel sweeps around in a satisfying curve. It’s the same story with the crown which is well sized with plenty of grip. It all adds up to create that classic Japanese aesthetic of elegant minimalism where beauty is found in function just as much as in appearance.
Where the “Silver Leaf Lacquer” NB1060 really excels though is the dial. There are two versions of the dial available, one in blue and the other in white, both of which are great options. They’re produced with a combination of traditional Japanese lacquer and silver leaf, giving the watch its name and creating an intriguing textural finish. On the blue version in particular you can appreciate the depth and variety of colour achieved.
On the other hand, the white model has more of the appearance of a natural material like marble or granite. It’s easy to draw comparisons to the various nature inspired dials produced by Seiko and Grand Seiko like the Glacier dials of the Prospex Save the Ocean watches.
It’s exciting to see another watchmaker compete with Seiko who sometimes have the field to themselves when it comes to exceptional Japanese dials in the accessible, Presage style of watches.
Inside the “Silver Leaf Lacquer” NB1060 is housed the Miyota 9011 calibre, Miyota of course being owned by Citizen. It’s an automatic piece with a 42-hour power reserve, making a solid entry level calibre. It features hours, minutes, seconds and date functions.
This is a great daily beater that works in a variety of situations and environments all the way up to events that require luxury dress watches. It punches well above its price, which is ¥137,500 for the white and ¥126,500 for the blue (approx. £825/£760). Which just makes it hurt all the more that it’s a Japanese exclusive.
Price & Specs:
- Model: NB1060
- Ref: NB1060-04A (silver)
NB1060-12L (aquamarine blue)
- Case/dial: 38.2mm diameter (46mm lug to lug) x 12mm height, stainless steel case, silver leaf lacquer dial, duratect platinum surface hardening process, dual-curved sapphire crystal, AR coating, see through caseback
- Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
- Movement: Calibre 9011, in-house, automatic, 24 jewels
- Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
- Power reserve: 42h
- Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
- Strap: 19mm black Cordovsn leather or blue calf leather with folding clasp with push button release
- Price/availability: JPY ¥126,500 (approx. £760) for blue dial, JPY ¥137,500 (approx. £825) for silver dial