The Presage from Seiko is the product of a century and more of experience. The manufacturer made its first mechanical watch in 1913, in 1956 the first automatic wristwatch was released. Since then Seiko has enhanced its movements and developed many new ones before being awarded with the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève for its hi-beat caliber.
Today Seiko’s experience comes together in a new, all-mechanical collection named Presage. It has already been successful in Japan and selected other markets for some time. Now the Presage goes global and takes center stage at Seiko’s mechanical watch collection.
The Presage is a collection of broad appeal which compromises 60 models and uses the broad range of Seiko’s mechanical calibers, from the accessible 4R to the exclusive 8R.
All this heritage is brought to life in two Limited Edition automatic chronographs whose design echoes that of the 1913 Laurel and whose dials are made in black enamel and white lacquer.
The enamel dial not only convinces with its beauty, depth and subtle texture, it is also hand-made by caftsmen led by Mitsuru Yokozawa who ensures that the color of the enamel will last for decades. The finishing of any enamel can easily be affected by the weather and humidity and it is difficult to control the precise thickness of it.
To achieve the rich, deep black luster of the Urushi lacquer, the dials are painted and polished by hand several times which is time-consuming and challenging, but the traditional and best way to create the perfect black color.
Both wristwatches use the 8R48 caliber, which has vertical clutch and column wheel systems, and incorporates Seiko’s three-pointed hammer to ensure the perfect synchronization of the hands’ fly-back. The automatic chronograph calibers work with 28.800 vibrations per hour and provide a 45 hour power reserve.
The two Seiko 60th Anniversary Limited Editions both feature a stainless steel case with 42 mm in diameter an a water resistance of 10 bar. They are completed by a crocodile strap with a three-fold clasp.
Both versions are offered in editions of 1.000 in celebration of Seiko’s 60 years of automatic watch making and will be available in September.