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Monday, December 11, 2017

Seiko Presage Blue Enamel Limited Edition

Seiko has combined its expertise in mechanical watch making and the traditional Japanese craftsmanship to create a new edition presage model featuring a rich-blue coloured enamel dial. The golden crescent moon on the reverse end of the second hand moves gracefully across the blue dial, just as the moon moves across the night sky.

The blue enamel dial is the work of the enamel craftsman Mitsuru Yokozawa and his team, who made the white enamel dials that have been so widely admired in other Presage creations. Because the surface of a watch dial is so small and as it is viewed at such close distances, the depth and evenness of the enamel has to be exact. Only by controlling every stage of the process and even adjusting the composition of the enamel in line with atmospheric conditions can a truly perfect dial be created. The creation of every Presage dial is supervised by Yokozawa and every single one is inspected by his experienced eye. With the creation of this new blue dial, he has achieved an even more impressive feat of craftsmanship.
This remarkable watch incorporates the 6R15 caliber with a 50 hour power reserve and a high level of torque that is a joy to experience when the specially sculpted crown is turned. The sapphire crystal is dual-curved so that the dial can be seen without distortion from any angle. The hour markers are painted ten times to lift them in relief from the dial and the tips of the hands are curved by skilled craftsmen and women so that they follow the contours of the curved crystals and so minimise the depth of the watch. It is offered as a limited edition of 1,500 and will be available in December at Seiko’s elite retail partners in selected markets and worldwide in early 2018.

The crescent shaped tip of the second hand is in a gold color powder, giving it a special texture that resembles the surface of the moon and the crescent shape is also to be seen on the sapphire case back, affixed by vapor deposition. The crocodile strap is in deep blue to match the dial and has a delicate sheen that subtly reflects the light, just like the dial.

Technical details
Model: Presage Blue Enamel Limited Edition: SPB069

Movement
Caliber 6R15
Vibrations: 21,600 vibrations per hour (6 beats per second)
Power reserve: 50 hours
Number of jewels: 23

Case and dial
Stainless steel case, enamel dial
Dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Screw see-through case back
Diameter: 40.5mm, Thickness: 12.4mm
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m

Strap
Crocodile strap with three-fold clasp with push button release

Price
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: 1,150 Euro

Edition
Limited edition of 1,500 pieces

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