Seiko has added four new enamel-dial models to the revitalised Presage range launched at last year’s Baselworld.
Seiko’s limited edition automatic chronograph was acclaimed as one of the stars of the 2016 show and the new Presage collection uses the same dials, now with a range of mechanical calibers.
The new enamel collection will be a permanent feature of the Presage line, in other words unlimited, and will be available worldwide from September. Adding to the allure, the watches will be priced in the $2000 to $4000 band.
The range comprises a 40.5mm multi-hand automatic with calendar and power reserve sub-dials; an automatic chronograph, 42mm, with a column wheel and vertical clutch mechanism; a rectangular three-hand automatic, 46mm by 39.5mm; and a round three-hand automatic spanning 40.5mm.
Designed in the conservative/classic mold, all are steel-cased with crocodile straps, mechanical movements beating at 28,000 vph, and water resistance rated at 100 metres.
The enamel dials are the hero. A lustrous white, they’re made by a master craftsman, Mitsuru Yokozawa and his team in a fastidious operation requiring that the thickness of the enamel is adjusted to the exact depth required on each section of the dial before firing so that every example will last for a lifetime or longer.
According to Seiko, the hour markers are painted no fewer than 10 times to lift them in relief from the dial. The sapphire crystals are dual-curved so that the ridge of the dial can be seen without distortion from any angle and the tips of the hands are curved to follow the contours of the glass.
Sapphire glass case-backs give a view of the movements.
Our take on the new Pressage range: it’s simple; these are fine watches at very fine prices.
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