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New Limited Edition Orient Star Watches Inspired by… The Stars

The year is still 2021, Orient Star is still celebrating its 70th
anniversary, and more limited-edition watches are being launched. We are concluding
the batch of new model releases that began last week with one more announcement
that actually presents four different models – all are mechanically familiar,
but with new dials – that are, honestly, quite attractive and unusual.


Mechanical Moon Phase

Orient's familiar semi-skeleton moon phase, in its "Classic
Collection" form, is being presented now with a unique gradient green-blue
colored MOP dial, somewhat similar to the recent limited
edition of the Contemporary Moonphase

The new look sure is eye-catching, some might call it too flashy, but
it's definitely a design that cannot be ignored. Orient says it is inspired by
nebulae. We are not going to argue over this.

Technically you get all the current features and dimensions of the other
Classic Moonphase models: the movement is cal. F7M62, offering 50 hours of
power reserve and +15/-5 seconds per day accuracy, housed in a 41mm wide case,
and lug width is 20mm.

Front and back crystals are sapphire, with the front getting Orient's
Super-Anti-Reflective (SAR) treatment, which is very effective. The case-back
is also numbered, as the different references are limited:

Intenational reference RE-AY0111A,
with a black cordovan leather strap, is limited to 100 units.

JDM ref. RK-AY0109A is
limited to 200 units – and comes with a different crocodile leather strap.

Prestige Shop model RE-AY0101A
is also limited to 200 units, and comes with both steel bracelet and leather

The price is around $2,000 USD, with a small premium on the Prestige
Shop model.


Modern Skeleton

The Modern
is another design that is immediately identifiable with Orient
Star. With this 70th anniversary release it gets the glittering dial
that we've recently seen on some other Orient watches, such as the Layered
Skeleton limited reference RK-AV0B05E.

Specs are standard Modern Skeleton: the movement is automatic,
hand-winding and hacking cal. F6F44 with 50 hours of power reserve, case width
is 41mm, lug-to-lug length is 49mm, thickness is 12mm, and the lug width is
21mm. The front crystal is sapphire, while the case-back uses organic glass.

Here too, the different references are limited:

Reference RE-AV0118L is
attached to a blue calf-leather strap, and limited to 600 pieces.

JDM Ref. RK-AV0118L is
identical to the global version, and limited to 300 units.

Prestige Shop ref. RK-AV0119L
is limited to 250 units, and offers both steel bracelet and leathe strap.

Prices are around 850 USD, again with the Prestige Shop model being
slightly higher.


Classic Semi Skeleton

The new version of the Orient
Star Classic Semi-Skeleton
was announced less than a couple of weeks ago,
and already it receives a limited, 70th-anniversary edition – for
both the men's and ladies models.

The treatment here is somewhat subtler than the aforementioned Moonphase
and Modern Skeleton editions, as is appropriate for the new understated style
of the watch. The men's version gets a blue dial with sparkling
"stars", and the women's model get a similar dial – plus golden bezel
and crown.

The men's model is priced close to 600 USD, and includes:

JDM Reference RK-AT0205L with
a blue leather strap, limited to 400 units.

Similar ref. RE-AT0205L is
limited to 450 units worldwide.

Prestige Shop ref. RK-AT0206L
is limited to 200 units, and includes two leather straps, blue and brown.

The ladies model is priced around 500 USD, and includes:

JDM Reference RK- ND0014L with
a blue leather strap, limited to 300 units.

Similar ref. RE- ND0014L is
limited to 150 units worldwide.

Prestige Shop ref. RK- ND0015L
is limited to 200 units, and includes two leather straps, blue and brown.

Interestingly, while the men's model is produced in larger numbers for
global distribution, the ladies' model will be available in larger numbers in
Japan. Possibly an indication of the different watches' popularity in and
outside Japan?