Earlier this month Orient showed off their new skeleton dial Star model, which is a left field choice perhaps for those Seiko fans who love this sister company.
True, Orient watches in the past sometimes felt like second class citizens ( no pun intended) to the flagship Seiko 5, Prospex, Coutura and other models. But modern Orient watches are decent quality, often with the same movement inside as the Presage or 5 series Seiko models. It’s worth noting that this new model has a 70 hour power reserve, which puts it on level terms with the best Swiss automatics too, at least in terms of running time on a full shake.
This new Star watch is also the first skeleton to join the crew. Here’s the word from Orient;
The new Skeleton is neither too formal nor too casual, with a modern and stylish design that is both refined yet informal. Fine
hairline and mirror finishing on high-quality stainless steel (SUS316L) give an edgy aesthetic appeal to the case and bracelet, and the dial tinted in grey gives a sophisticated and stylish look.
The compact and slim case with a diameter of 39 mm and thickness of 10.8 mm, the new metal bracelet with short pitch H-shaped links for comfort on the wrist, the dial with enhanced legibility, and blue hands that add an accent, all create a relaxed feel making it perfect for
The hand-wound caliber F8B61 is not only highly precise with accuracy of +15 to -5 seconds a day, but it is also equipped with a silicon escape wheel made with the latest MEMS processing technology, extending the power reserve to 70 hours and significantly enhancing its practicality.
Another distinctive feature is the grey plating on the baseplate and bridges of the movement symbolising the vastness of outer space. The patented silicon escape wheel also utilises Epson’s proprietary technology.