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Orient Announces New Multi-Year Calendar Model

The multi-year
watch has been one of Orient's most popular, and recognizable,
models since its first introduction in 1965. Also known, rather inaccurately,
as the "perpetual calendar" (though it is not) the original design
has been through numerous iterations over the years, some of which were
reviewed here
on the blog.

Despite seeing some different designs, the original one
always wins – and now, Orient are returning to it with a brand new model. This
time, on offer are a larger, contemporary case, a new movement based on the F6
family of calibers, and some functional and visual updates.

Inside, the new model uses caliber F6D22, an automatic
movement featuring hand-winding and second hand hacking – two functions missing
from the old cal. 46D40 that was driving the last generation of multi-year
calendars. The new movement will be identified with "BA" in the
reference, whereas the older models had "EU" in the reference.

The new mechanism allows the multi-year wheel to be moved
using the crown, eliminating the need for an additional push button. While not
mentioned in the press release, this is presumably done with the crown in the
second position, when turned opposite the direction used to set the date.

The new case is a larger 43.5mm wide, compared to the 42mm
case of the "standard" previous model – as opposed to the "GMT"
with the 24 hour ring, which was in fact more than 44mm in diameter.
The new case measures 50.2mm lug to lug, and is 11.5mm thick.

One can see the evolution of the multi-year calendar design
below: the leftmost is the first version from 1965, then follows the previous
model, and on the right is the newest version.

Today, Orient are presenting six references of the new

RA-BA0001G with a
gold-colored steel case and bracelet, and a gradient "Jaguar Focus"
dial (a very 70s combination isn't it!)

RA-BA0002E with a steel
bracelet, a green dial, and golden markers and hands

RA-BA0003L with a steel
bracelet and navy blue dial

RA-BA0004S with a steel
bracelet and white dial

RA-BA0005S with a brown
leather strap, ivory dial and golden markers and hands

RA-BA0006B with a black
leather strap and black dial.

This is a nice addition to Orient's line-up, with a long
overdue movement update. The new watches should keep fans of the multi-year
calendar design happy for some years to come… prices have not been announced
yet, but should not differ much from the previous model.