Last week, the Royal Greenwich Observatory witnessed the global launch of the new Seiko Astron watch, which will be on the clock
The history of the industry adds a strong color. Just as the Harrison Chronometer installed in the Observatory created a new standard for precision timekeeping to make international travel safer and more reliable, the new Seiko Astron watch gave modern timekeeping a new definition with its new function of identifying all time zones around the world.
A new revolution in the realm of time
The new Seiko Astron watch is the world’s first GPS satellite-powered solar watch. It does not require external energy and is completely self-contained
Has been running. It only needs to be driven by light energy, but it can be connected to a GPS network. It can accurately tell the time like an atomic clock.
With the next button, you can identify 39 time zones around the world. It took the brand ten years to create the new Seiko Astron watch,
The advanced functions are perfectly displayed on a beautiful and comfortable watch. Like its outstanding previous watch-launched in 1969
Like the world’s first quartz watch, the new Astron GPS satellite-powered solar watch will change the way the world recognizes time.
While developing Astron, SEIKO developed a series of new technologies and applied for more than 100 patents.
New Seiko Astron watch
Innovations that make Seiko Astron from dream to reality:
Ultra-low power GPS module
In order for Astron to determine its position and maintain the accuracy of the atomic clock, it must receive signals from at least four GPS satellites, which orbit Earth at an altitude of 20,000 kilometers. The challenge is naturally energy consumption. The energy required to maintain the normal operation of an Astron watch is 10,000 times that of an ordinary quartz watch and 200 times that of a radio wave watch. After 6 years of research and development, SEIKO Seiko finally successfully developed an efficient GPS module for watches. When it receives signals, it can avoid tracking satellite signals with poor reception conditions and wasting energy. Therefore, the new Seiko Astron GPS module achieves amazing energy-saving functions, and its energy consumption is only one-fifth that of ordinary GPS modules.
2. Highly sensitive loop antenna
At present, chip antennas and microstrip antennas, which are widely used in GPS equipment, have the same two major problems: poor signal reception in a metal watch case, and large volume. So SEIKO set out to design a new antenna to solve these problems. The solution is to invent a highly sensitive loop antenna that can be placed on the outer part of the round case. By placing the antenna under the bezel, SEIKO Seiko succeeded in pushing its receiving function to new limits. This characteristic is further enhanced by the use of ceramic bezels, because ceramic materials are superior to metal materials in terms of radio wave reception.
3. Exquisite, compact and low power consumption
Seiko Astron uses a lithium-ion battery and is also equipped with a newly developed integrated circuit to monitor and manage its charge and discharge to ensure the safety and durability of this rechargeable battery. This integrated circuit consumes only 1/10 of the energy of an integrated circuit in a similar mobile phone.
4. Thinking sensors
The sensor of Seiko Astron realizes the automatic adjustment of time by judging the state of the remaining energy and the state of the last signal receiving condition. In this way, it saves power and ensures that it can use the maximum power to connect to the GPS network. As long as the sensor detects sunlight or other strong light sources every day, Astron will automatically connect to the GPS satellite and adjust the time under the required conditions to ensure its amazing accuracy of 100,000 years and 1 second. When the watch is covered by clothing or under insufficient light, the sensor will call the status information of the last successful time adjustment and search for satellite signals. If enough energy is stored, the watch will receive signals every day. If the remaining energy is low, the watch will automatically adjust its time interval to save energy. Also, when the logo on the watch shows “E” (indicating insufficient energy) or the flight mode is on, the automatic time adjustment function will not work. Astron’s ‘thinking’ sensors will be integrated into the world and into the wearer’s lifestyle.