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Orient's Contemporary Collection Models on Mesh

Last month we were very excited with Orient's announcement on the
release of the brand's new automatic pilot watches. So we understandably
neglected another announcement made more or less around the same time. We can
go back to it now.

This was not an announcement of a completely new line of watches;
instead, Orient launched a few versions of existing models in its Contemporary
line on a new mesh band.

Now, the contemporary collection is essentially where Orient positions
watches focused on those segments of the market looking for more modern looking
watches. These typically feature very clean, minimalist designs or watches
that perhaps have more elaborate designs (like Multi Year Calendar or Sun
& Moon models) but are still laid out cleanly and stylishly.

It therefore makes sense that for these consumers who look at Orient's contemporary models as
a higher quality alternative to "fashion watches", the brand would
offer watches on steel mesh – which is very much a love or hate thing, but is
definitely seen by many as a comfortable and fashionable alternative to
standard bracelets.

And it further makes sense that these mesh bands are offered as options
for the Contemporary collection's more simply designed, modern looking models.

The models on top – references RN-AC0E05N, RN-AC0E06E, and RN-AC0E07S –
are 40mm wide automatics, costing around 260 USD plus tax. They are basically
the same as some existing Contemporary Collection models previously available
from Orient on either leather straps or conventional steel bracelets.

The models below, featuring small seconds are references RN-SP0005N,
RN-SP0006E, and RN-SP0007S, are quartz, 39mm wide and costing around 180 USD
plus tax. These two are simply new variations of existing references in the
Contemporary line.

The blog's verdict: well honestly, we're not the biggest fans of mesh
bands; but if you're gonna have mesh on your Orient it might as well be branded
Orient rather than being a generic band, so… why not? We approve.