Orient Star Retro-Future Bicycle Watch

Orient Presents New Top Of The Line Skeleton Watch

As if the new line of Orient
Star Skeleton
models, with their F8 movement boasting 70 hours of power
reserve, wasn’t enough – Orient have just presented a new flagship model to
head this collection. At least for a short while – until the limited production
run finishes shipping out the 200 numbered pieces.

The technical specifications of the new reference RK-AZ0003L
are the same as the rest of the collection: the 38.8mm wide, 46mm long, stainless
steel case houses the latest caliber F8B63 with its blue silicon escape wheel, and
+15/-5 seconds per day accuracy.

The new dial appears to be even more finely finished than
the original models (which weren’t half bad too). The minute track and
sub-dials get black accents that contrast nicely with the silver tones of the
other dial elements. And – whether you like it or not – the 12 o’clock marker
is adorned with two diamonds.

Everything else is pretty much the same, such as the crocodile
leather strap with its three-fold buckle, the front and back sapphire crystals,
and no doubt – a high level of finishing all round.

For some added interest, Orient named this model “C / 2021 A1”,
after a newly discovered comet by the same name, which is said to come close
enough to Earth to be visible in the naked eye, sometime in December this year.
This watch, however, is expected to be available sooner, in mid October.

The whole thing is now priced around 10% higher than the other
references in the skeleton collection, MSRP placing it way above 3000 USD – among
the most expensive Orients ever. Will it hold its price? How quickly would
Orient be able to dish out those 200 units? Time will tell.