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2019/09/19


 

Two Spring Drive watches reveal a new side of Presage

Since2016,thePresagecollectionhasbeenrenownedforshowcasingmanyformsofJapanese aesthetics and craftsmanship in its creations. Today, the collection introduces two new watch- es that, for the first time in its history, carry Spring Drive movements. Spring Drive dramatizes a uniquely Japanese aesthetic and sensibility through the quiet and smooth glide motion of thesecondshandanditsinnovativemechanismspeaksofSeiko’smasteryofhightechnology andcraftsmanship.

The dial is made of enamel and has a simple yet modern design reflecting the philosophy of a pioneer of modern Japanese design, Riki Watanabe, with whom Seiko had collaborated in severalprojectsinthepast.Watanabepassedawayin2013andso,increatingthesewatches,

Seikoworkedwithalong-timecolleagueandfriendofWatanabe’stowhomhehadentrusted thedesigndirectionofhiswork.ThehighestlevelofJapaneseaestheticandcraftsmanshipis reflectedinthemovement,materialsanddesign,andwithit,abrandnewformofJapanese artistry is born inPresage.

Japanese artistry and craftsmanship in the porcelain enamel

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. They come in two colors; white and black, with each requiring 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.

A design of Japanese modernity

ThePresageteamworkedcloselywithRikiWatanabe’serstwhilecolleaguetocreateadialthat bringsthedesignphilosophyofWatanabe’stolife.Thisphilosophyhasatitsheartthepursuit oftimelessvaluesthatprovidelong-lastingsatisfactionandattentiontodetailthatisclearin everyaspectofthewatches.Itisfreefromexcessdecorationonbothdialandcaseandallows foralight,modernstylethatcanbeenjoyedforalifetime.TheDidonifont,whichwasgreat- lyfavoredbyRikiWatanabehimself,thedual-curvedsapphirecasewithsuper-clearcoating andthevividcontrastofcolorbetweenthedialandthehandsandnumeralsallenhancethe watches’legibilitywhilecapturingaperfectbalancebetweenbeautyandclarity.

The beauty of the Spring Drive movement can be seen through the exhibition case back

Presage and Spring Drive – the heritage of Seiko’s watchmaking technology

BothofthetwonewwatchesincorporateCaliber5R65whichhasanaccuracyrateof±1second per day and a power reserve of 72 hours. The movement can be seen through the exhibition caseback.Bothversionscomewithapowerreserveindicatorattheeighto’clockposition

anddatedisplayatthreeo’clock.Thecaseisinstainlesssteeltowhichasuperhardcoatingis applied to ensure its lasting pristine beauty. The watches are available from October, 2019 in selectedSeikoboutiquesandselectedretailstoresaroundtheworld.

Seiko Presage Prestige Line Enamel Dial Spring Drive

Spring Drive Caliber 5R65 (SNR037, SNR039) Driving System: Automatic

Power reserve: 72 hours

Accuracy:±1secondperday(±15secondspermonth) Number of jewels:30

Specifications

Stainlesssteelcasewithsuper-hardcoating EnamelDial

Dual-curved sapphire crystal with super-clear coating See-through screw case back

Diameter: 40.0mm, Thickness: 13.1mm Water resistance: 10 bar

Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m

Cordovan strap with three-fold clasp with push button release Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: €4,650

As a pioneer of modern Japanese design, Riki Watanabe made great contributions to design recognition in both social and educational fields throughout Japan, such as the establishment oftheJapanIndustrialDesigners’Association.Hereceivedmany awardsincludingtheMilanTriennaleExhibitionGoldAward,the Mainichi Design Award, and the Japanese Medal of Honor with purple ribbon awarded by the Government ofJapan


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