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Orient truly lives up to its name as the rising star of the Japanese watch industry, boasting a substantial following of watch enthusiasts seeking to spruce up their JDM watch collections. Crafting high quality timepieces with excellent value for money since the early 1950s, this watchmaker comes from humble beginnings. Orient’s roots can be traced back more than a century to a wholesale pocket watch shop set up by Shogoro Yoshida in Tokyo. It is impressive how this small watch shop selling imported watches in 1901 survived the test of time and continues to produce reliable mechanical in-house movements even until today. In early 2000, Orient was taken under the umbrella of Seiko Epson, known for its reliable and affordable timepieces, which offers Seiko Watches encompassing the essence of Japanese fashion.
Till date, Orient maintains its reputation as one of the most widely-recognized watchmakers in Japan with exquisite JDM offerings. Featuring a wide variety of selections that cater most preferences from sophisticated, extravagant dress watches to action-ready sports watches, this Japanese brand showcases their own JDM luxury line comprising three categories namely Classic, Contemporary, which we will delve into here, and Sports.
|Orient Star Contemporary Modern Skeleton Green Ref. RK-AV0114E
Guaranteeing versatility with timeless designs suitable for any occasion, the Orient Star Contemporary Collection dates back to 1951 when the first timepiece incorporating Orient’s in-house chronometer was released. Each “true star” timepiece shows off an elegant dress watch case, silver hands, a reliable mechanical movement and trendy dial designs. Over the next few decades, Orient introduced well-received line-ups like the Orient Star Dynamic and skeleton-styled Orient Mon Bijou. Orient also launched sports divers such as the Weekly Auto Orient King Diver Ref. 19410, built with the brand’s first-ever automatic mechanism, around the same time as collections from Seiko and Citizen were released during the 1990s. And now, Orient presents a new addition to the collection, the Orient Star Modern Skeleton Green Ref.RK-AV0114E, a premium everyday watch exuding modern vibes that graces your outfit with mesmerising elegance.
|Caliber F6F44 with power reserve indicator
Perfecting the craft since 1991, openwork watchmaking is no stranger to Orient which had released their first-ever semi-skeleton watch, the Orient Star Ref. WZ0011FH, in October 2003. The expertise of this watchmaker is proudly showcased on the intricate dial workings of the Orient Star Modern Skeleton Green. Admire the stunning skeletonized cut-outs, especially at 9’oclock which reveals the balance wheel powering this fine timepiece, on its sunburst green dial. Hence, the openwork at 9 o'clock reveals the watchmaker’s attention to detail in framing this cut-out with sleek metallic trimming and applying a high-polish to the balance bridge underneath, to bring out the aesthetics of this semi-skeleton dial. Moreover, the beautiful metallic seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock fits in seamlessly with the openwork design and balances the aesthetics of the watch.
|Orient Star's top of the line Semi Skeleton watch
Protected by a flat sapphire crystal, the Orient Star Modern Skeleton Green shows off applied faceted metallic hour markers complemented with gold-trimmed Roman numerals at 12 o'clock and a familiar fan-shaped power reserve indicator, characteristic of Orient Star watches. These markers and handset also bear luminous that glows green in the dark. Additionally, the high dial legibility despite all these complications is testament to Orient’s horological prowess.
Displayed through the screw-in case back, the in-house caliber F6F44 is an exclusive automatic movement that is only used in Orient timepieces. This stellar engine is crafted with 24 jewels, has a 50-hour power reserve and operates at 21,600bph.
|Glows green in the dark
Moreover, the Orient Star Modern Skeleton Green is crafted with a solid SUS316L stainless steel case that measures 41mm in width, 12.1mm in thickness and has a lug-to-lug of 48mm. Fitted with a push-pull crown that allows for a decent 100m water resistance, this timepiece flaunts a byzantine satin-brush and polish finishing on its case while the back of the watch features a full polishing, unique to Orient’s premium line. What’s more, its bezel gets a full high gloss polish treatment that bestows the watch with an alluring lustre.
Matching the glamour of its watch case, this timepiece’s multi-finished solid end link bracelet forms a perfect fit on the wrist and accentuates its silver handset and metal trims on its dial markers. Made from SUS316L stainless steel, this bracelet gives this watch a sturdy feel and comfortable yet secure fitting.
Robust, remarkable and reliable, the Orient Star Modern Skeleton Green Ref.RK-AV0114E achieves the functionality and style as expected of an excellent JDM mechanical watch. Marvel at the impeccable skeleton dial that continues the expert watchmaking legacy of Orient. Indulge in the satisfyingly handsome aesthetics of this luxury Orient Star timepiece that brings you all the grandeur of Japanese horology in a single timepiece, a worthy addition to any collection.