Every person, as much as we hate to admit it, can be reduced to a few words. These words sum up a lifetime of development, character traits, hopes and dreams, broken promises, odds overcome, you name it. We hate this reality. After all, most of us would like to think that we can’t be reduced to a few simple mono-syllabic words. Most of us would like to believe that we offer a lot of spice and a touch of the exotic in an otherwise bland soup of personalities. At the very least, we’d like to think that the personal music we contribute to the great symphony of life and history has its own distinctive tones. Sadly, this is not the case. Not by a long shot. Despite all our seeming differences, we can all be reduced to a few common themes. This is the open secret of great novels, memorable songs, poems that strangely linger, and particularly intriguing food. We all have formulas. Hate it or not, this is the reality.
After all, whatever hot idea or insight or earth-shattering revelation or idea you may come up with has probably been spoken of by someone before. Maybe they just didn’t get around to writing it. As long as everyone has a mouth-they are sure to hum. If they can hum, they are sure to sound out some of the notes that you, in this day and age, think is so new and awesome. The same applies to food, words on a page, or any other personal expression. It also applies to the Citizen Men’s AT9010-52E World Time A-T Watch.
Far from being depressing or alienating, this is actually good news. This revelation and shared reality brings home the point that, despite our seeming external differences and whatever political or
religious divides separate us, we all draw from the same river of shared humanity. Talk about uplifting. Talk about giving one hope for a brighter future.
I raise the seemingly frustrating reality of lack of true individuality or new ideas because it is crucial to understanding good design. I am not saying that revolutionary ideas never arise. Of course, they do. However, such earth-shattering developments are few and far between. For the most part, most of what happens in all areas of the human experience from the arts to cuisine to literature to fashion too, in this case, the Citizen Men’s AT9010-52E are renditions. We’re not even talking about incremental improvements or packing small mutations that make up an amazing new organism here. We’re just talking about taking a formula and doing a bang up job making it deliver on its promise and making it feel new. Citizen does an amazing job at this.
AT9010-52E Stays Basic
Take the case of the Citizen Men’s AT9010-52E World Time A-T. From a purist and technician’s perspective, there’s really nothing new with this model. Solar light powered so you can be free of batteries? Not new. Luminous display? Hardly a marvel of innovation. Hidden push-button clasp? Clever but other brands have been far more clever. Even the radio-controlled world time feature of this timepiece seems strangely reminiscent of a watch you’ve seen or worn in the past. In other words, there’s nothing really new with the parts of the AT9010-52E. Still, Citizen manages to package all these features together into a cohesive whole that is not only utilitarian, dependable, but looks cool to boot.
This ability to take familiar features and weave them into a well-manufactured high-quality package is what makes Citizen such a respected player in the world of timepieces. While this watch won’t mean that you will have lots of new haters envious of you because of your oh-so-luxurious timepiece, this watch will make your taste in well-made watches and utilitarian and practical side shine through. Manufactured well, stylish, affordable, and oh-so-practical, this Citizen timepiece highlights why Citizen is one watch brand you can safely rely on for everyday value-focused effective watches. A great package all in all. And the best part is that Citizen manages to pull it all together without seeming boring or appearing devoid of personality. Considering how mass manufacturing is responsible for rock bottom watch pricing and similarly low levels of quality, what Citizen has pulled off is no small feat. Kudos to this classic brand.
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Accurate. Dependable. Trustworthy. Set-it-and-forget-it. If these are factors you’re looking for in your next timepiece, you might want to consider renowned Japanese watchmaker Citizen’s efforts to address these concerns: the Citizen Men’s AT9010-52E World Time A-T Watch. Considering the fact that Citizen is one of the most well-respected Japanese watch brands in the market, you can rest assured that Citizen’s efforts at putting together a highly accurate worry-free watch will not only be technically spot on but it will also look good. Any honest assessment of the AT9010-52E Watch leads to one conclusion: Citizen has managed to deliver a worry-free luxurious trusty watch.
AT9010-52E Design: Solar powered Digital watch
Sporting a stainless steel case with a window that is anti-reflective, at first glance, this watch looks like any other typical luxury watch on the market. That’s what’s so awesome about it. It looks like a high-class watch but in addition to its fold over clasp, classy analog design and luminous hands, it packs some solid technology. Best of all, it does all this while looking good.
This Citizen model also makes you stand out from the crowd thanks to the orange accents it has. This model’s numerals have alternating orange elements. The same goes with it stick marks. In fact, Citizen was able to smoothly pull off this design element that the overall impression you get is luxury and attention to detail.
Movement Type: Japanese Quartz
Let’s face it, if you were to look for the same refined and smooth design elements this model has from a manual or automatic Swiss watch, you would easily be looking at a watch that is priced at over one thousand dollars. What makes this watch affordable, despite the luxury and classical styling it brings to the table, is its Japanese quartz movement technology. While quartz movement has been around for a while, not all manufacturers do a good job at delivering its full potential. When it comes to reliability and attention to detail and quality, Citizen’s quartz movement is sought out. Why? You can rely on it. It is that trustworthy.
Special Features: Eco-drive
This solar watch is ecologically sound. No caustic batteries needed. You only need to expose it to sunlight or use it where there’s light and you’re good to go. You don’t ever need to swap out batteries to keep its analog displaying going.
After reviewing hundreds of watches from dozens of brands, what excites me about the Citizen Men’s AT9010-52E World Time A-T Watch is its sense of ease. Of course, I am not talking about how easy it is to operate-everything is intuitive. Instead, I am talking about the piece of mind someone with this watch will have. You don’t have to worry about winding it thanks to its quartz movement. You also don’t have to worry about swapping batteries to keep it going. You just need to wear it where there is sunlight or light and this model keeps going. To top it all off, this model tolerates water to a depth of 200 meters.
The Citizen did not become a powerhouse brand because global watch aficionados had nothing better to do than buy its wares. Citizen earned its place in the global timepiece brand pantheon for its revolutionary pairing of solid technology, consistently high and reliable quality assurance, and luxurious design. On its face, this analog watch can easily pass as another timepiece designed by a Swiss watch brand. However, its high technology, its solid value, and its construction highlight an attention to consumer value that sets its head and shoulders above its competitors.