Whereas Prospex gathers all of the sports activities, skilled watches of Seiko, Presage could be seen because the dressy, basic assortment of the model. Divided into 4 sub-collections – Sharp Edged, Cocktail, Fashion 60s and Craftsmanship Sequence – it’s the latter that would be the centre of consideration at the moment. So as to rejoice 110 years of watchmaking, a reference to the launch of Seiko’s first wristwatch, the 1913 Laurel, the model is presenting a collection of 4 Presage Craftsmanship Sequence watches that every pays tribute to a standard Japanese handcraft. Enamel, Urushi lacquer, Arita porcelain or Shippo enamel, listed here are the brand new Presage SPB393, SPB395, SPB397 and SPB399.
Earlier than we transfer on to find these watches intimately, just a few preliminary notes. To begin with, these 4 restricted version Seiko Presage watches are all utilizing conventional Japanese ornamental strategies that we’ve seen in previous collections; enamel, Urushi lacquer, Arita porcelain, and Shippo enamel. All are a robust tribute to the nation of origin of Seiko and this has lengthy been the target of this Presage sub-collection. Elegant, refined, comparatively accessible and but demonstrating lovely handcrafts, this new 2023 Seiko Presage Craftsmanship Sequence additionally introduces a brand new case form. Barely extra angular than earlier than, with straighter lugs, the proportions have been redefined too with a dual-curved sapphire crystal that comes nearer to the dial, so as to carry consideration to the craftsmanship on show. The model additionally signifies a construction of the case “providing a slimmer look on the wrist” (to be confirmed as soon as we see these watches, because the specs indicated heights of 12.8mm and 14.1mm – not the thinnest).
This new assortment could be divided into two teams, outlined by the motion that sits inside these new circumstances. The enamel SPB393 and Urushi SPB395 use a triple-retrograde show, whereas the Arita porcelain SPB397 and Shippo enamel SPB399 depend on a date and energy reserve show. All function a newly designed dial too, with alternating Roman numerals and baton markers.
Enamel SPB393 & Urushi SPB395
The primary two fashions on this assortment are constructed across the identical technical base. The primary of the 2 fashions utilises a basic fashion for the gathering, with a pure-white vitreous enamel base created by grasp craftsman Mitsuru Yokosawa and his crew. The 12 o’clock marker is picked up in pink, whereas all palms are blued – a mode that evokes the unique Laurel watch and that’s additionally acquainted to earlier enamel fashions within the Presage assortment. Worn on a black strap, the SPB393 is essentially the most basic of all 4 fashions.
Subsequent in line on this 2023 Craftsmanship Sequence is the reference SPB395, which has a dial made utilizing the Urushi lacquer approach. Made by Urushi grasp Isshu Tamura and his crew, it’s right here introduced in a daring and unprecedented coppery brown hue, which additionally consists of an modern new methodology employed to realize a flat floor. This brown tone is complemented by white markers and palms, in addition to gold-toned accents on the XII and sub-hands. It’s worn on an identical brown leather-based strap.
Each references SPB393 and SPB395 are housed in a 40.2mm x 12.8mm metal case with brushed and polished surfaces, in addition to super-hard coating, with a sapphire crystal on prime and a see-through caseback. Water resistant to 100m, they’re secured to the wrist due to a three-fold clasp with push button launch. The show consists of retrograde indications of the date and the weekday, and an influence reserve indicator. Energy comes from the automated calibre 6R24, a 4Hz motion with 31 jewels and a 45-hour energy reserve.
The Seiko Presage Craftsmanship Sequence Enamel Dial SPB393 and Urushi Lacquer Dial SPB395 are every restricted to 1,500 items and are priced respectively at EUR 1,650 and EUR 2,000. They are going to be obtainable from June 2023.
Fast details: 40.2mm x 12.8mm metal case with super-hard coating – sapphire crystals entrance and caseback – 100m waterproof – in-house calibre 6R24, computerized, 4Hz, 45h energy reserve – leather-based strap with three-fold clasp – white enamel SPB393 priced at EUR 1,650 – brown Urushi SPB395 priced at EUR 2,000 – every restricted to 1,500 items
The Arita SPB397 and Shippo SPB399
The two different fashions within the 2023 Seiko Presage Craftsmanship Sequence are utilizing a barely completely different technical base. The primary mannequin incorporates a porcelain dial picked up in a chic ivory color, which recollects the Izumiyama Ceramic Stone Subject in Arita, a small city in Saga Prefecture the place for greater than 400 years, Arita porcelain has been crafted. Made by Grasp craftsman Hiroyuki Hashiguchi and his crew, the dial depends on a multi-stage course of that requires a number of firings in a scorching kiln, to lock in wealthy color, texture, and depth for years to return. The beige color is complemented by black palms and markers, in addition to gold-toned accents on the XII and subsidiary palms. This mannequin is worn on a brown leather-based strap. Whereas the Arita porcelain approach is acquainted in Seiko Presage’s assortment, the fashion used on this reference SPB397 is unprecedented.
Final however not least, the reference SPB399 brings again a comparatively uncommon fashion for the Presage assortment, however must also be seen as essentially the most advanced of all of them. It makes use of the Shippo enamel approach that consists of a textured decrease plate (guilloche with a wave sample) and a cultured translucent blue enamel floor on prime. Made by Grasp craftsman Wataru Totani and his crew, it depends on a multi-step technique of glazing the floor of the dial by hand, firing the dial, and sprucing its floor to carry out the distinctive wave sample beneath. The deep blue dial of this Presage mannequin is complemented by white markers and palms, in addition to gold-toned accents on the XII and sub-hands. It’s worn on an identical blue leather-based strap.
Each references SPB397 and SPB399 are available in a 40.6mm x 14.1mm metal case with brushed and polished surfaces, super-hard coating and sapphire crystals on either side. The circumstances are waterproof to 100m and secured to the wrist with a three-fold clasp with push button launch. The show right here consists of a sub-dial at 6 o’clock with a pointer date and an influence reserve indicator at 9 o’clock. These are powered by the in-house computerized calibre 6R27, once more a 4Hz motion with a 45-hour energy reserve.
The Seiko Presage Craftsmanship Sequence Arita Porcelain Dial SPB397 and Shippo Enamel Dial SPB399 are respectively restricted to 1,500 and 800 items and priced at EUR 2,000 and EUR 2,250. They are going to be obtainable from June 2023.
Fast details: 40.6mm x 14.1mm metal case with super-hard coating – sapphire crystals entrance and caseback – 100m waterproof – in-house calibre 6R27, computerized, 4Hz, 45h energy reserve – leather-based strap with three-fold clasp – Arita porcelain SPB397 priced at EUR 2,000 and restricted to 1,500 items – Shippo enamel SPB399 priced at EUR 2,250 and restricted to 800 items
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