Orient Star Retro-Future Bicycle Watch

More New Models from Orient Japan and Europe

Following up on our earlier announcement
of new models from Orient
, here are some more news, in brief.

New Diver-Style Watch: European Versions

Earlier today, we posted news of the fresh diver-style watch, in a case
very similar in size to the much-loved Triton / Neptune (same width/length, one
mm thinner than the old watch). In fact, it looks very much like a Triton
without the power reserve or a Kamasu in Neptune guise :)  

Now we've seen the European announcement, and surprisingly it not only
provides new reference numbers (RA-AC0K02E,
RA-AC0K03L, RA-AC0K04E instead of the Japanese RN numbers, as always) but also
reveals a new model, featuring a black dial and bezel, reference RA-AC0K01B.
Well, why not? That's the most basic and ever-popular color scheme. You gotta
have it in a collection.

New Day-Date Model

Quietly under the radar, Orient
just released a new model featuring the date and weekday, using the classic
"day-date" layout. We have the two-tone ref. RN-AX0002S on a good
looking bracelet, and the more simply styled RN-AX0008S on leather.

Both models use caliber
F6E22, which is automatic, hand-winding and hacking like all F6 movements. The
case is 40.8mm wide, 47mm lug-to-lug, and 11.9mm thick. Lug width is 20mm.

New Models In The
Contemporary Collection

Last but not least, Orient
Europe has just added ten new references in its "Contemporary
Collection". Let's take a quick look at these new watches.

Four models feature Arabic
numerals and steel bracelets. These are references RA-AC0J07S (two tone, white
RA-AC0J08B (black dial), RA-AC0J09L (blue dial), and RA-AC0J10S (white
dial). All of these feature the same 42.4mm wide, 11.2mm thick cases, 20mm lug
width, sapphire crystal at the front and mineral glass covering the exhibition
case back.

The watches are rated to 50m,
and the movement is F6722. Solid specs then. No word on pricing yet.

The other six models feature
Roman numerals and include ref. RA-AC0J01S (two tone, ivory dial), RA-AC0J02B
(black dial), RA-AC0J03L (blue dial), and RA-AC0J04S (white dial) – all of
which on a bracelet; and ref. RA-AC0J05L (blue) and RA-AC0J06S (white) on

The Roman numeral models are
all 42.4mm wide, but 11.7mm thick, and have mineral glass both front and back.
Movement, water resistance, and lug width are the same as the Arabic models.