Following the massive hit of the 2020 Seiko 5 Sports activities Brian Could, the Japanese model and the legendary guitarist of Queen be part of forces for spherical two. Impressed by the rocker’s guitar Purple Particular, the second collaboration, the reference SRPH80K1, is available in a matte golden case, an allusion to Brian Could’s newly launched Gold Collection, a reissue of his solo albums.
As any Queen fan price their salt is aware of, Brian Could’s “Purple Particular” guitar was made by hand from scratch by the guitarist and his father. The neck was carved from the wooden of an previous hearth, whereas the physique was constructed from blockboard with an historic oak insert and coated with a mahogany veneer that Brian stained and polished. His modern tremolo system featured a hand-carved gentle metal rocker plate pivoting on a knife edge, with the string’s pressure balanced by bike valve springs. Buttons had been used to mark the frets, and a sixpence coin as a choose. The sound produced is exclusive and completely recognisable in all Queen’s recordings, from the primary in 1973 till as we speak.
Like the previous version, the dial recreates the curvy shapes of Could’s guitar with a predominant use of a gradient pink pressed sample that recreates the feel of wooden. Nonetheless, in step with the brand new gold-coloured case, the fingers and indices on the dial have golden frames, and the inscriptions are additionally golden.
For greater than forty years, Brian Could relied on his Seiko 7548 (quartz) diver that he purchased on a visit to Japan in 1975. When it got here to designing his first watch with Seiko, the pure alternative was a Seiko 5 Sports activities with its signature crown at 4 o’clock flanked by two crown guards. Like Could’s former diver, the Seiko 5 Sports activities is a flexible and sturdy sports activities watch however it’s outfitted with an automated motion. The case is waterproof to 100 metres, and the fingers and indices are handled with Seiko’s proprietary LumiBrite.The case is equivalent to the 2020 version and has a diameter of 42mm, a peak of 13mm, a size of 46mm and weighs 94g. The anodised aluminium bezel with its knurled edge options golden numerals to match the case. The flat glass over the dial is Seiko’s Hardlex glass and is positioned slightly below the bezel for extra safety.
One other novelty of the brand new Seiko 5 Sports activities x Brian Could is the nylon strap woven with golden vertical stripes to resemble guitar strings. The pink glass on the reverse facet of the watch options Brian Could’s signature and the phrases Restricted Version in golden paint, and an engraved serial quantity 00001/12500 on the steel. The watch is powered by Seiko’s in-house automated calibre 4R36 with its 3Hz stability, cease seconds, magnetic resistance to 4,800 A/m and a considerably restricted energy reserve of 40 hours.
Restricted to 12,500 items, this collector’s piece is available in a particular presentation field that appears like a guitar case, full with a fortunate sixpence coin. The Seiko 5 Sports activities Brian Could Restricted Version SRPH80K1 watch will likely be obtainable in March 2022 and retails for EUR 620. A part of the proceeds will likely be donated to The Mercury Phoenix Belief, a charity organisation based by Brian Could, Roger Taylor and Queen supervisor Jim Seashore in reminiscence of Freddie Mercury to assist fund the battle in opposition to AIDS worldwide.
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