Citizen Watch Company’s acquisition of Prothor Holding SA in 2012 — owner of movement specialist La Joux-Perret, Arnold & Son and component maker Prototec SA — was expected to herald the dawn of a new era in high end watchmaking for the Japanese corporation.
Progress has been incremental over the past nine years, with more focus on integrating Frederique Constant, Alpina and Bulova into the group.
Attention is likely to turn back to Citizen’s premium watchmaking later this year with the introduction of a $6,000 watch using the brand’s first new mechanical movement since 2010.
The Calibre 0200, made in collaboration with La Joux Perret, edges Citizen (the brand, not the group) upmarket at a time when the sub-£500 watch sector is being transformed by Apple Watch and other smartwatches from the likes of Samsung.
It is expected to first appear in a finished watch in early autumn that will have a stainless steel 40mm diameter case, 10.9mm in thickness.
The movement, which will be visible through a transparent case back, offers accuracy to an average of -3 to +5 seconds per day and power reserve of approximately 60 hours.