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January 16 , 2020

Australian Open 2020 begins

CITIZEN Brand Ambassador-inspired “Naomi Osaka Model” released in limited quantity — featuring blue sky and yellow tennis ball color scheme.

Professional tennis player and CITIZEN Brand Ambassador Naomi Osaka will adorn the limited-release Osaka Naomi Model watch during the Australian Open 2020. The Eco-Drive*1 “Naomi Osaka Model” will go on sale on January 17th, 2020, in a limited quantity of 5,000 units.

Australian Open 2020 begins
A new portrait of Naomi, who anticipates further success and a brilliant future
Australian Open 2020 begins
"Naomi Osaka model"

As a signature model for Naomi, the new “Naomi Osaka Model” will debut from the Australian Open Tennis 2020 (January 20th to February 2nd). The sky-blue face with bright yellow tennis ball-inspired color scheme chosen by Naomi herself features CITIZEN’s Super TitaniumTM*2 case, which is approximately 40% lighter than stainless steel, and a comfortably fitting urethane band.

“The vivid color scheme is inspired by the image of a yellow tennis ball rising to the blue sky, and feels empowering just to wear it”
– Naomi Osaka

The “Naomi Osaka Model” is a multi-band radio-controlled watch. It receives radio signals in the area of Japan, China, Europe and North America to precisely adjust watch time and it covers 26 cities around the world. Additionally with the Eco-Drive technology, it does not require periodic battery replacement to power the watch. A classy black urethane band is also available to accommodate style preference.
CITIZEN shares Naomi’s commitment to always give her best while pursuing the world’s top seed — without hubris. This is embodied into the global CITIZEN brand statement “Better Starts Now” — that is, no matter who you are and what you do, it is always possible to make something better, and now is the time to start doing it. CITIZEN pledges to continue supporting Naomi in her endeavors to compete at the peak of her performance.

Main features

  • Naomi-selected vibrant color scheme of contrasting sky-blue with bright-yellow tennis ball.
  • Sporty, staggered pattern around the edge of the crystal, unique to the “Naomi Osaka Model.”
  • Names of 26 cities featured around the edge of the dial, with highlight-blue accent on 4 Grand Slam tournament cities (Melbourne: MEL / Paris: PAR / London: LON / New York: NYC)
  • Limited special edition with MEL (Melbourne) notation denoting the Australian Open host city, switched from SYD (Sydney).
  • Naomi Osaka signature on caseback

Australian Open 2020 begins
Australian Open 2020 begins
Australian Open 2020 begins

Brand

CITIZEN / “Naomi Osaka Model”

Product Code

CB1101-03L

Quantity

5,000 units(worldwide)

Launch

January 17, 2020

Retail Price

Please refer to your local CITIZEN website.

Case / Band

Super TitaniumTM (Duratect*3 Platinum / Light Silver) / Urethane (with replacement band: Urethane / Black)

Dial color

Blue

Glass

Spherical sapphire glass (anti-reflection coating)

Case Size

36.0mm / 9.6mm(design specification)

Key features

Cal. H149/Accuracy of ±15 seconds (non-reception) / Eco-Drive: Running for 2 years on full charge (in Power Save mode) / radio reception function (Japan, China, Europe and North America)
World Time function (26 cities) perpetual calendar/ ■ luminous(needleindex)■W.R.5 BAR

  • 1 Eco-Drive is CITIZEN’s proprietary technology that powers watches using any natural or artificial light source, eliminating the need to replace batteries. Certified as an Eco Mark product for the first time in the watch industry.
  • *  2 Super TitaniumTM is CITIZEN’s proprietary technology to treat solid titanium with surface hardening technology. It is at least 5 times harder than stainless steel, resistant to scratches, lightweight and gentle to the skin for comfortable wearing.
  • *  3 Duratect is CITIZEN’s proprietary surface hardening technology that enhances the surface hardness of metals such as stainless steel and titanium, protecting watch bodies from scratches and damage.

■ About Naomi Osaka
Born on October 16, 1997 in Osaka, Japan to a Haitian father and a Japanese mother. Moved to the U.S. at the age of three and currently resides in Florida. Started out being taught tennis by her father, joined the International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournaments at the age of fourteen, and turned professional in 2013.
Qualified for the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tour championship in July of 2014 at the Bank of the West Classic for the first time. In January 2016, at the Australian Open, qualified to enter her first Grand Slam, rolling into the third round and rising into the top 100 of the WTA rankings. In the same year, reached the third round of the French Open and US Open as well. In October 2016, at the Toray Pan Pacific Open, reached her first WTA final and moved into the top 40 of WTA rankings. Won “Newcomer of the Year” at the 2016 WTA Awards, an award given to the player who made the biggest breakthrough. In March of 2018, became the first Japanese woman to win the Indian Wells Masters in California, U.S., also known as BNP Paris Open — in the Premier Mandatory category — widely considered the second biggest event in tennis right behind the Grand Slam, joining the ranks of the world’s top players. Won a Grand Slam singles tournament in September 2018 at the US Open and her 2nd Grand Slam title at Australian Open 2018. Ranked as the WTA No.3 female tennis player in the world as of 16 January 2020.

■ Follow Naomi Osaka’s latest activities as brand ambassador at CITIZEN’s special website page: https://citizen.jp/about/ambassador.html

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About Citizen
CITIZEN WATCH, which marked its 100th anniversary in 2018, is a true manufacture d’horlogerie with a comprehensive manufacturing process that extends from creating a watch’s individual components to its final assembly. The company operates in more than 140 countries around the world. Since its founding in 1918, CITIZEN has maintained the belief of “Better Starts Now” — that is, no matter who you are and what you do,, it is always possible to make something better,, and now is the time to start doing it. Sharing this belief, we have made watches, invented and improved technologies and explored the future of watches,, such as our proprietary light- powered Eco-Drive technology and state-of-the-art satellite-synchronized timekeeping.

*Bluetooth is a registered trademark of SIG, Inc.
*Details are correct as of the date of this release. Some details may be subject to change. *Eco-Drive is a registered trademark of Citizen Watch Co., Ltd.

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