Eco-Drive SATELLITE WAVE F100

Eco-Drive SATELLITE WAVE F100

At the click of a button CITIZEN Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F100 adjusts to your current time zone in 3 seconds. To demonstrate this, we undertook a journey that would see us race the Earth itself.

At the click of a button

CITIZEN Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F100 adjusts to your current time zone in 3 seconds.

To demonstrate this, we undertook a journey that would see us race the Earth itself.

We challenged photographer Simon Roberts to chase the sun across the Earth’s time zones.
We would discover how long it is humanly possible to live in the same hour.

Our flight route did not previously exist.
It is not a route flown by airlines, or pilots.
It had to be calculated precisely for our mission.

There are two reasons that our mission took place
around the North Pole: At the North Pole, the Earth
rotates at a slower speed, and has a smaller
circumference. Only these conditions make chasing
the sunset around the globe possible.

Here’s how the Earth’s rotation
speed changes across
different latitudes.

  • 80°180.16804 mph (289.95 km/h)
  • 70°354.86177 mph (571.1 km/h)
  • 60°518.7732 mph (834.9 km/h)
  • 50°666.92197 mph (1073.3 km/h)
  • 40°794.80665 mph (1279.1 km/h)
  • 30°898.54154 mph (1446.1 km/h)
  • 20°974.9747 mph (1569.1 km/h)
  • 10°1021.7837 mph (1644.4 km/h)
  • 1040.4 mph (1674.4 km/h)

Our mission was planned precisely for the fleeting
time-window of late February, when the days are still long, bright and clear,
but before the Polar Days of March when the sun no longer sets.

In the most remote parts of
the Artic Circle the navigation system
of the aircraft and the radio connection
went down, as expected.
In these moments, the pilots had to
navigate in an old-fashioned way: Using
paper maps, the placement of the sun,
and the Eco-Drive SATELLITE WAVE F100.

During the second stop the crew had a maximum of
20 minutes to refuel, but not only because
they would lose the sunset and fail the mission:
Any more than 20 minutes and the oil would get gloopy
under the pressure of low temperature
and the aircraft would be stranded. A rescue plane would have
taken 2 weeks to reach the location, leaving the whole crew freezing
in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by ice and polar bears.

The crew had to stop and refuel twice.
The second stop is not featured in the film, only because it was made so close to the Arctic Circle,
that the temperature of -50°C was too severe for any camera.

All in all, the mission lasted for over 24 hours.
The pilot and co-pilot took turns
to sleep to stave off exhaustion,
while the rest of the crew got what little sleep they could in
between capturing the never-ending sunset.

Simon Roberts (b. 1974) is a British photographic artist whose work deals with our relationship to landscape and notions of identity and belonging. His large format photographs are taken with great technical precision, often from elevated positions.The distanced vantage point allows the relationship of individual bodies and groups to the landscape to be clearly observed, and echoes the visual language of history painting.

www.simoncroberts.com

“I never thought I would make a series of work about sunsets...”

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As the plane moved to each new time zone, every hour,
Eco-Drive SATELLITE WAVE F100 adjusted one hour back every time
Simon took a new photo of the setting sun.
This is a series of sunset photos made in exactly same hour and same minute, but in one day.

When you think that you’ve exhausted all possibilities, remember that you haven’t. There’s always a new horizon. A new dream to chase. No matter how much time and space you’ve moved through, there’s more to move into. Everything you’ve done, you can do more of it. And you can do it better. Chase it.

When you think that you’ve exhausted all possibilities, remember that you haven’t.

There’s always a new horizon. A new dream to chase.

No matter how much time and space you’ve moved through, there’s more to move into.

Everything you’ve done, you can do more of it.

And you can do it better. Chase it.