When it comes to watchmaking trends in 2022, two that I would highlight are the increased prominence of titanium and the greater focus on sustainable power through solar charging, as seen with the launch of A. Lange & Söhne’s first ever titanium watch and Tag Heuer’s new Solargraph. Both of which are things that Japanese watch giant Citizen are already very familiar with, as shown by the new Citizen 2022 Super Titanium Collection.
Citizen Super Titanium Ref. CA7090
The first watch in the new Citizen 2022 Super Titanium Collection is the CA7090, a 43mm diameter chronograph with a vertically stacked bicompax layout in blue, red or black. It’s super sporty, made from Citizen’s Super Titanium material with a sweeping style and integrated bracelet. Super Titanium is titanium that has undergone a surface treatment that results in greater scratch resistance and better finish. Overall, the watch bears lots of stylistic similarities to the Highlife collection from Frederique Constant, a brand also owned by the Citizen Watch Group.
Inside, it houses the calibre B642 eco-drive movement. Eco-Drive is what Citizen call their sustainable solar technology that allows the watch to convert any light source into energy to power the watch, with excess being stored in a power cell. At full charge the watch can operate for 7 months without additional charging. Plus, it has excellent accuracy of +/- 15 seconds per month.
Price & Specs
Reference: CA7090-87X (red dial), CA7090-87L (blue dial), CA7090-87E (black dial) | Case/dial: 43mm diameter x 11.3mm height, super titanium case, red, blue or black dial with tachymeter scale | Water resistance: 100m | Movement: Calibre B642, Eco-Drive analogue chronograph movement | Power reserve: 210 days | Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, minutes sub-dial at 12 o’clock, seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock | Strap: Titanium | Price: €329 (approx. £275)
Citizen Super Titanium Ref. CA0810
Next up in the collection is a second chronograph, the CA0810-88. The main difference is the shorter lugs, sans bracelet integration, which gives the Super Titanium case a rounder visual – it’s also wider with a 44mm diameter. Then there’s the fact it has a 24-hour counter in addition to the other subdials. The dial colours available here are black, blue and teal. The specs of the calibre are the same as the B642 but as it has an additional complication it’s called the B612.
Price & Specs
Reference: CA0810-88X (green dial), CA0810-88L (blue dial), CA0810-88E (black dial) | Case/dial: 44mm diameter x 11.6mm, super titanium case, green, blue or black dial | Water resistance: 100m | Movement: Calibre B612, Eco-Drive analogue chronograph movement | Power reserve: 210 days | Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, minutes sub-dial at 12 o’clock, seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock, 24-hour sub dial at 9 o’clock | Strap: Titanium | Price: €299 (approx. £250)
Citizen Super Titanium Ref. BM7570
Lastly, there’s a non-chronograph version called BM7570 in green, black or blue. It’s time and date only with central hours, minutes and seconds and a cross hair pattern. The date aperture is offset towards 3, but doesn’t actually replace the 3 o’clock numeral, which in my opinion makes it look a little cramped. Stylistically the case has most in common with the CA0810-88 but is slimmer at 42mm.
Price & Specs
Reference: BM7570-80X (green dial), BM7570-80L (blue dial), BM7570-80E (black dial) | Case/dial: 42mm diameter, super titanium case, green, blue or black dial | Water resistance: 100m | Movement: Calibre E111, Eco-Drive analogue quartz movement | Power reserve: 180 days | Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date | Strap: Titanium | Price: €229 (approx. £190)
Each offers a slightly different take on the sporty titanium aesthetic, with my favourite being the blue CA7090. Plus with sustainability more of an issue than ever, eco-drive seems like a sensible solution. And you can’t knock it given the extreme accessibility of Citizen with the CA7090 at €329, the CA0810-88 at €299 and BM7570 at just €229 (approx. £275/£250/£190).
More details at Citizen.