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The Stat Sheet: Citizen Drive HTM 2.0 Chronograph

  • Najib Benouar

When it comes to sports watches, there are a lot to choose from (especially if you’re brave enough to dive into the vintage market), but we’ve always been partial to chronographs—and lately we’ve been warming up to the recently on-trend black-ion-plated kind.

Which is why we were excited to see Citizen unveil this all-black chrono as part of their new Drive line—a sporty update on their solar-powered Eco-Drive watches you’ve surely recognized on the wrists of finance-types everywhere. Here’s what else you need to know.

The Story: The HTM 2.0 ups the sportiness ante of Citizen’s battle-tested solar technology—which for all intents and purposes is similar to your typical automatic timepieces, but you don’t have to wear this one every day to keep it ticking (as long as it’s getting some sort of light, so don’t just stick it in a drawer). Plus the understated-yet-readable 40 mm case is a nice departure from most oversized chronographs on the market these days.

Who to Channel: A ’70s race car driver; a budding industrialist with a penchant for extreme sporting; a punctual person.

When to Wear It: The all-black watch lends itself to just about every occasion—which is why the look has been gaining favor in menswear circles. Wear it with anything from a suit to driving gloves. (Preferably both.)

Think of This As: A black leather moto-jacket for your wrist—that you can get away with wearing into a boardroom.

Some inspiration from legendary race car driver and designer Carroll Shelby...