Citizen has once again demonstrated its horological prowess with the release of the Super Titanium Automatic Small Seconds. This refined timepiece strikes a balance between contemporary design and affordability, cementing Citizen's position as an unmissable brand in the accessible luxury category.

The Super Titanium Automatic Small Seconds collection seamlessly blends materials, aesthetics, and functionality, creating a watch that is both a visual treat and a comfortable wear. At its core lies a 40.5mm tonneau-shaped case crafted from Citizen's proprietary Super Titanium alloy, treated with the brand's Duratect TIC technology for very high scratch resistance.


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The case's predominantly brushed finish, complemented by polished chamfers and a polished bezel, gives it a sense of understated elegance. Yet, it is the dial that truly steals the show, available in four stunning variations – a deep green, a rich blue, a classic white, and a mesmerizing turquoise hue that Citizen has aptly named "Lightgreen."

Each dial boasts a unique textured surface that catches the light in hypnotizing ways, while the applied markers and sword-style hands, treated with lume, ensure excellent legibility in any lighting condition. The small seconds sub-dial, nestled between 4 and 5 o'clock, adds a touch of sophistication and depth to the overall design.

The draw of the watch is its wearability. The slim 11mm case profile, coupled with the lightweight Super Titanium construction, creates a watch that sits comfortably on the wrist, almost as if it were an extension of the body instead of a mechanical tool. The bracelet, too, features great ergonomics, with a tapering design that starts at 23mm and narrows to 20mm at the clasp, ensuring a seamless and secure fit.


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Powering this marvel is Citizen's in-house 8213-21A automatic movement, a reliable workhorse that operates at 21,600 vibrations per hour and boasts a respectable 40-hour power reserve. While not a haute horlogerie movement, it is a testament to Citizen's commitment to offering accessible mechanical watches with great value for its price.

Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of the Citizen Super Titanium Automatic Small Seconds is its price point. At just €429, this watch represents an unprecedented value proposition, offering a level of quality and attention to detail that is typically reserved for timepieces at significantly higher price tags.

In a world where luxury is often synonymous with eye-watering costs, Citizen has managed to strike a balance, delivering a watch that shows excellent craftsmanship without sacrificing affordability. The Super Titanium Automatic Small Seconds is a true embodiment of Citizen's commitment to democratizing high-end watchmaking, making it a watch for the "regular people" like you and me.

The Citizen Super Titanium Automatic Small Seconds is a watch that deserves more attention. It is a celebration of innovation, craftsmanship, and accessibility; a timepiece that defies expectations and sets a new standard for what an affordable mechanical watch can and should be.

May 23, 2024 — Jeremiah A