The new Ananta Limited Edition ‘Kumadori’ Chronograph from SEIKO is inspired from a traditional stage wear of Japanese art culture Kabuki that originated from the 17th century. This mechanical chronograph model houses Seiko’s state of the art 8R28 caliber. This movement features a column wheel and vertical clutch system for precise chronograph operation, and incorporates Seiko’s unique three-pointed hammer which ensures the perfect synchronization of the hands’ fly-back.
The uniqueness of this chronograph lies in the lacquer dial. The dial is painted by hand with pure black lacquer by Isshu Tamura, a noted and expert lacquer artist. Tamura is a master of the Kaga Makie style and paints the dials in his studio in Kanazawa on the western shores of the Japanese mainland. Once the black dial is painted, the red inner rings, also in lacquer, are applied. The effect is startling – the jet black of the lacquer dial is as deep as the night sky, making the red highlights stand out in sharp relief – a look that is as dramatic as Kumadori itself.
This unusual and highly collectable piece is offered in a Limited Edition of 800, each with its individual serial number engraved on the case back. The unique and dramatic art of ‘Kumadori’ is expressed in the dial and in the case back.
Movement: Automatic Chronograph, Ref. SRQ015, Caliber 8R28
Case: Stainless steel with black hard coating, See-through case back with sapphire crystal, 42.8 mm in diameter
Glass: Sapphire crystal with Super-Clear Coating
Band: Solid stainless steel with black hard coating
Buckle: Stainless steel with three-fold clasp with push button release
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Limited edition of 800 pieces
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: Euro 4,000