The Presage collection by Seiko is one that has been getting a lot of attention from Seikoholics and watch enthusiasts. Since 2016, the collection has been renowned for showcasing many forms of Japanese aesthetics and craftsmanship in its creations. Now, for the first time in its history, Seiko introduces two new Presage watches, fitted with the watchmaker’s iconic Spring Drive movement.
What makes this project exciting? Well for starters, the dials of these watches are made of enamel (White and Black) and bring with it a simple yet modern design reflecting the philosophy of a pioneer of modern Japanese design, Riki Watanabe, with whom Seiko had collaborated in several projects in the past. The dials are made by master craftsman Mitsuru Yokosawa and his colleagues to ensure that each dial is just the right shape and form for the watch dial. Whether white or black, it requires a specific glaze application process that can only be achieved by the skill and sense of a master craftsman. Thanks to this special enamel, the dials have a unique sheen and warm, deep and organic beauty.
The Presage team worked closely with Riki Watanabe’s erstwhile colleague to create a dial that brings the design philosophy of Watanabe’s to life.
Both watches are powered by Caliber 5R65 which has an accuracy rate of ±1 second per day and a power reserve of 72 hours. The movement can be viewed through the exhibition case back. At 8 o clock you have a power reserve indicator followed by a date display at 3 o clock. The 40mm case, constructed in stainless steel with super-hard coating ensures 100m of water-resistance.
Available from October, 2019 in selected Seiko boutiques and selected retail stores around the world, the new Seiko Presage Enamel Dial Spring Drive SNR037 and SNR039 is priced at $6,400 Australian Dollars.