Using a unique ring-shaped solar cell that sits underneath the covered glass - instead of beneath the dial as in most designs -the Eclisse watch never needs a battery change and offers six months power reserve once fully charged, according to manufacturers Citizen. A reduction in the surface area of the solar cell is counterbalanced by the increased light receptivity, generating enough electrical current to supply the movement which itself has been designed to use less energy.
The completely self- sufficient Eclisse also features a calendar, push button deployment buckle and water resistance.
The silver Eclisse costs AUS$550 and the two-tone model is AUS$599. Phone 1800 069 098 to find the nearest Citizen stockist.
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.
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