It’s usually the high profile luxury watch brand automatic partnerships that get the air time, but it’s not always about five and six figure watches. Citizen have partnered with Nissan for the new Fairlady Z, inspired by the automaker’s Z cars. To mark this, Citizen has collaborated with Nissan to create a pair of limited edition watches in its Eco-Drive range.
The Nissan Z, known as the Fairlady Z to Japanese consumers, has seen six generations since its first model was launched in1969 (coincidentally a rather significant date in watch annals). It originally featured a 2.0L SOHC L20A straight-six engine powering 130 hp.
In August 2021 the seventh generation of the Z was launched. With a modernised design, it is based around the same basic platform as the 2020 Nissan 370Z and is powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 producing 400 hp at 6,400 rpm and 350 lb-ft of torque between 1,600 rpm and 5,200 rpm. You can read more about it here.
Citizen’s nod to the Fairlady Z is the use of the Ikazuchi Yellow and Seiran Blue body colours as the contrast to the all-black watch. The red second is a reference to Nissan’s redline tachometre, and there is a stylised “Z” motif on the crown. Nissan’s logo appears on the case back.
The watch also features Citizen’s familiar Eco-Drive solar-powered Atomic Timekeeping that allows it to self-adjust to time and the calendar when traveling overseas. It does this by receiving local time signals in four different regions – Japan, China, the United States, and Europe, syncing date and calendar settings based on the wearers’ current location (there are 26 time zones).
Like other Citizen Eco-Drive watches, there are chronograph functions movement, and the 1/20 second chronograph measures up to 60 minutes.
The case is made of Super Titanium/ Duratect DLC, as is the bracelet. It is 49mm with a thickness of 14mm and weighs 89g. Water resistance is 100m. The watch requires six hours of direct sunlight per month for optimal performance and can last for approximately ten months when fully charged if power save is used.
The Nissan Z will cost around USD 40,000 but this new Citizen collaboration can be had for considerably less.
The Citizen Nissan Fairlady Z limited edition timepiece has a price of USD 2,495 with a limitation number of 1,700 for each colour. Pre-orders are being accepted online and deliveries are expected to begin in mid March, 2022.
At the recent Tokyo Auto Salon 2022, alongside the production model Nissan exhibited the Fairlady Z Customized Proto, a concept car previewing aftermarket parts that could be potentially available at some point.
[Photo credit: Citizen/ Nissan]