Seiko Presage Collection 2018 – Presage Shippo Enamel Limited Edition and Presage Limited Edition with New Caliber 6L35

This year’s Seiko Presage collection comes with two highlights: limited edition watches with the Shippo enamel dial, crafted especially for Presage and a new, thinner caliber.

The Shippo Enamel Limited Edition

Shippo is a particular type of enamel that was developed in Japan in the 17th century. Its main difference from porcelain enamel lies in the way it is polished after firing, a process that is particularly challenging on a watch dial that is no more than 1 mm high. The Presage Shippo enamel dial is made by Ando Cloisonne, a specialist manufacturer in Nagoya with over 100 years of history.

The glaze used for the Shippo enamel dials is made from a composite material that contains glass, which gives each dial its own particular look with tiny dimples in its surface texture. The dial on this new Presage creation is in a deep blue that mirrors the color of the ocean.

Technical details

The Shippo Enamel Limited Edition
Automatic with power reserve indicator: SPB073 & Automatic: SPB075
Limited edition of 2,500 each

Movements
Caliber 6R27 (SPB073)
– Three hands with calendar and power reserve sub-dial
– Vibrations: 28,800 vibrations per hour (8 beats per second)
– Power reserve: 45 hours
– Number of jewels: 29

Caliber 6R15 (SPB075)
– Vibrations: 21,600 vibrations per hour (6 beats per second)
– Power reserve: 50 hours
– Number of jewels: 23

Specifications
Stainless steel case, Shippo Enamel dial
Dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Screw see-through case back
Diameter: 40.6 mm (SPB073) 40.0 mm (SPB075)
Thickness: 14.1 mm (SPB073) 12.4 mm (SPB075)
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Crocodile strap with three-fold clasp with push button release

Price
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: 1,650 Euro (SPB073) 1,450 Euro (SPB075)

Seiko Presage Limited Edition with Caliber 6L35

Seiko has also created caliber 6L35, a new, slimmer automatic movement which measures just 3.7 mm. A new limited edition watch with this movement is offered in a limited edition of 1881, in recognition of the year in which Seiko was founded.

Not only is the movement itself thinner, but the new case construction allows the slimness to be accentuated. The movement is inserted from the front of the case which allows the sides to be angled inwards and for the watch to sit more comfortably on the wrist.

This construction requires that the bezel is removed when the watch is opened for servicing so, to ensure the watch’s durability, the bezel is screwed down and covered with a secondary bezel to preserve the perfect lines of the case. The watch itself is truly worthy of this remarkable new caliber. The case is polished using Seiko’s Zaratsu technique and is protected by a super-hard coating. The sapphire crystal has a super-clear coating to ensure high legibility in all conditions. The second hand is in blue tempered steel and the dial has a delicate, textured pattern.

Technical details

Model: Automatic: SJE073, Limited edition of 1,881

Movement
Caliber 6L35
Vibrations: 28,800 vibrations per hour (8 beats per second)
Power reserve: 45 hours
Number of jewels: 26

Specifications
Stainless steel case with super-hard coating
Sapphire crystal with super-clear coating
Screw bezel, See-through case back
Diameter: 40.7 mm Thickness: 9.8 mm
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Stainless steel bracelet with super-hard coating with three-fold clasp with push button release

Price
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: 2,200 Euro

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