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14 September 2020

Citizen Brand Ambassador Naomi Osaka wins her second US Open title!
Naomi reclaims the crown wearing her Naomi Osaka signature watch
inspired by blue skies and yellow tennis balls

CITIZEN Brand Ambassador and professional tennis player Naomi Osaka has won the US Open 2020 wearing her Naomi Osaka signature model watch. This is Naomi’s third Grand Slam title – she has reclaimed her crown as US Open champion after first winning the tournament in 2018.

"Naomi Osaka model"

This exciting Naomi Osaka Model is a light-powered Eco-Drive radio-controlled watch*1 with a world time function. The bright colors were chosen by Naomi Osaka for this unique signature model, with the clear blue of the sky contrasting with the bright yellow of a tennis ball. The case is made of lightweight Super Titanium™*2, which is approximately 40% lighter than stainless steel. It also has a light and comfortable urethane band.

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. The black spare urethane band allows you to change the color combination to suit any mood or fashion.

“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

CITIZEN Brand Ambassador Naomi Osaka’s “Better Starts Now” Video Message is Now Available on CITIZEN’s Official Website!

■CITIZEN Better Starts Now Special Website

Japanese: https://citizen.jp/philosophy
English: https://www.citizenwatch-global.com/philosophy

Video messages available on our website:
Professional tennis player Naomi Osaka, Creative Director Rick Grehan, Photographer Naoki Ishikawa

  • *Video messages from other influential people will be uploaded in the near future.

The Better Starts Now special website features a video message from Naomi Osaka who is a perfect example of our Better Starts now brand statement. We are inspired by her positive attitude and her determination to move forward and find the next opportunity to create Better in the Now, no matter what changes she faces. The site also features video messages from other inspirational people who identify with CITIZEN’s Better Starts Now philosophy. They share their thoughts and how they have responded to the challenges they face, including in their daily lives, as they continue to excel in their respective fields. Their video messages provide hints about how we can all take a positive step forward right now.

Main features

  • - 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)
  • - Naomi Osaka signature on caseback
 
Brand / Product Name CITIZEN / "Naomi Osaka Model”
Model CB1101-03L
Price Please refer to your local CITIZEN website ※Please edit if necessary.
Limited quantity 5,000 units(worldwide)
Case / Band Super Titanium™ (Duratect*3 Platinum / Light Silver) / Urethane (with replacement band: Urethane / Black)
Dial color Blue
Glass Spherical sapphire glass
Case diameter / thickness 36.0mm / 9.6mm(design specification)
Specifications 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(needle+index) ■W.R.5 BAR

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.

  • *1 Eco-Drive radio-controlled watch 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. Radio-controlled watch receives signals from radio stations to correct time and calendar automatically.
  • *2 Super Titanium™ is CITIZEN’s proprietary technology to treat solid titanium with surface hardening technology. It is at least 5 times harder than stainless steel. In the 50 years since CITIZEN introduced the world’s first titanium watch, SuperTitanium continued to evolve. It is highly resistant to scratches, lightweight and gentle to the skin for wearing comfort. (Vickers hardness of stainless steel is about 200 Hv)
    50 th Anniversary of Titanium Technology:https://www.citizenwatch-global.com/titaniumtechnology50th/index.html
  • *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. This technology offers excellent abrasion quality and maintains lustre of metals for long periods of time.
  • 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 14 Seotember 2020.

<About CITIZEN>

CITIZEN WATCH 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 held the belief of “Better Starts Now” — that is, no matter who you are or 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.

  • *Eco-Drive , Super Titanium and Duratect are registered trademarks or trademarks of Citizen Watch Co., Ltd.

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