Orient Star Retro-Future Bicycle Watch

New Shades of Grey for Orient's "Layered Skeleton"

The Layered
watch was introduced in early 2021. When reviewing
, I wondered whether a more standout color scheme would have elevated the
impact of its complicated design; now, however, Orient is presenting two new
references of this model with an even subtler color scheme than before…

Reference RK-AV0B06N features what Orient is referring to as a "greige"
dial, that is a cross between grey and beige. In pictures, the lower layer
appears to be more silver-grey, and the main plate of the dial seems a slightly
golden shade of beige. Well, however you want to call it, it's a very pleasant
palette that combines well with the metal bits of the movement and the gold
hands and Roman hour markers.

Ref. RK-AV0B07E is presented as "olive". It's a calm earth
tone, more or less uniform across the layers of the dial. Green is generally
accepted as a nice complement to gold, and I think that in the case of this more
desaturated shade of green it matches the few golden elements even better.

Both variants are technically identical to the older references in the
series, with caliber F6F44 beating inside the 41mm wide case. Both new models
include both a stainless steel bracelet, and a leather strap.

The new watches are JDM, and are exclusive to the new Orient Star online
shop. They are priced at around 700 USD at the current rate of the Japanese
Yen, which is almost 10% more than other Layered Skeleton watches – including the
Prestige Shop version that also includes an additional leather strap.

I'm not sure what is the reason for the price difference – but perhaps a
positive way of looking at it is, that Orient prefers not to raise the prices of
older models (as opposed to many other brands that have increased prices
recently) and instead puts higher price tags on new releases.