Citizen Nissan Fairlady Z watches are as tasteful as the sports coupe

The next-generation Nissan Z car is here – or at least in the US and in Japan where it’s called the Fairlady Z. Nissan Philippines has yet to announce its arrival locally and frankly, we’re not holding our breaths for it. Remember that the company took a decade before bringing the outgoing 370Z locally, so there’s that.

While we patiently wait for the arrival of the Nissan Z, Japanese/Swiss watchmaker Citizen has something that should whet your appetite. Introducing the Citizen Nissan Fairlady Z special edition timepieces, limited to 1,700 units worldwide.

This is the first collaboration between Citizen and the Nissan Z, inspired by the “thrill and exhilaration of one of Japan’s best-known sports cars.” 

Citizen claims that each of the atomic timepieces carries the design of the Nissan Z, infused with the company’s world-class technologies. There are two models for the limited edition watches, the AT8185-89E and AT8185-97E.

Both timepieces are powered by Citizen’s light-powered Eco-Drive RadioControlled technology, which eliminates the need for a battery. The watches also automatically receive local time signals in four different regions: Japan, China, the United States, and Europe, so there isn’t a need to adjust your watch when traveling.

Each of the Citizen Nissan Fairlady Z watches comes with distinct design elements. The AT8185-89E features accents in the Nissan Z Ikazuchi Yellow body color, contrasting with the all-black case, band, dial, hands, and indexes. Ikazuchi, which translates to thunderbolt, is the main theme here. The dial comes with the same yellow dots found on the seats of the Nissan Z Proto.

On the other hand, the AT8185-97E model features accents in Seiran Blue color. This strikes a contrast against the matte black on the center of the dial that looks like smooth asphalt. The hands are finished in silver for an understated look.

Both models come with a red second hand (like the hand of a tachometer), plus a Fairlady Z logo rests on the dial, a Nissan logo at the back, and a “Z” mark on the crown – all to signify the collaboration between the two companies. Both also come with Citizen’s lightweight SuperTitanium case and band with enhanced scratch resistance. The case measures 42mm with an anti-reflective sapphire crystal that’s impact- and shatter-resistant.

The Citizen Nissan Fairlady Z limited edition timepiece sells for $2,495 apiece on the watchmaker’s website, which is roughly P128,383 with the current exchange rates. Citizen is already accepting pre-orders for the watch online, with deliveries expected to begin by March 14, 2022.

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