One of the largest timepiece manufacturers in the world, the Japanese brand Citizen, has prepared a special model for this fall. The name of the watch is Proximity, and its most interesting trait is capability to connect to iPhone via Blootooth. This way, the watch can provide its wearer the information on all the incoming mails, messages, missed calls, and can even help its owner locate his phone, which is the feature that will be very helpful, and will protect the owner from a lot of hustle in the situation we are sure you know perfectly well. Citizen Proximity is not only interesting because of its connectivity to iPhone, but it also has an interesting looks. Unlike the vast majority of similar watches, it has an analog face display, and in a certain way disguises its original purpose. Another advantage of the product is the trait that is present in all the latest Citizen timepieces. The feature in question is the brand’s trademark Eco-Drive technology which allows it to be powered by solar energy.
The new timekeeper by the Japanese brand will be compatible only to iPhone 4S, since it utilizes Bluetooth profile 4.0 that requires lower energy consumption, as will be functional with all the versions of iPhone that will follow. As it has been disclosed, the watch will also include iPhone application to upgrade Bluetooth technology if it becomes required. The fact that Citizen Proximity is compatible only with Apple smart phones might come as an indication of the cooperation of the companies, especially if we take a look at the brand’s previous experience. Earlier this year, Citizen also launched the i:Virt M series of timepieces with digital display that utilize Bluetooth technology. However, these watches were only available in Japan, and compatible to the phones made by SoftBank Mobile brand.
All the Information Straight to Your Wrist
But let us get back to the upcoming model by Citizen which will be able to connect to the smart phone anywhere in the range of 10 meters. Once the wearer receives a text, an e-mail, or misses the call, the second hand abandons its timekeeping function and moves to the inner flange to indicate the event until the wearer notices it. The movement of the hand is followed by a slight sound or a vibration. Once the wearer notices the signal of the watch, the second hand continues to serve its timekeeping purpose. Besides, the connection with an iPhone will help the watch to correct the shown date and time if necessary, and even to remind its wearer of appointments. One of the coolest traits is the search mode that will trigger the ring on the phone and help its wearer find it. Similarly, the fact that the watch runs on solar energy will salvage its owner from worries about the state of the battery, which is so often the case with the new technology.
Citizen Proximity timepiece, an iPhone compatible wristwatch, is fitted into a round stainless steel case with the diameter of 45 mm, and the thickness of 14.5 mm. Its bezel is fixed, while the material used for the crystal is cheaper mineral. Apart from the timekeeping function and the smart phone notifications, the watch is equipped with a perpetual calendar with a days of week display on subsidiary counter, and a peculiar looking raised date window at the four o’clock position. Its skeletonized hands are also looking pretty nice. Additional functions that are also included are AM/PM indication, as well as a stop watch with maximum elapsed time of 60 minutes. The watch is paired up with a comfortable black nylon strap with three rows of perforations that fastens with a buckle, while the supported resistance to water equals to 100 meters below the surface.
Blue or Green Accents
There are two versions of Citizen Proximity watch, both with a black dial. The first one of them bears the reference number AT7030-05E. This version has a steel case with combined brushed and polished finishes and combines the black color on its face and attachment with light blue accents on the dial and blue stitching on the strap (the back side of the strap is also blue). The second version of the timekeeper with the reference number AT7035-01E, on the other hand, has a black ion plated case and neon green accents. The price for each of the variations of the Citizen’s watch is set to $550.