After the success of their Presage Arita porcelain dial models launched in 2019, Seiko now presents new limited edition Presage Arita porcelain dial version inspired by the beauty of the moon reflected in water.
This new Presage automatic watch features another Arita porcelain dial whose design is inspired by the Japanese tradition of Suigetsu, which celebrates the beauty of the moon when it is reflected in water. The strong blue hands and hour markers stand out against the delicate white texture of the dial to give the watch a unique beauty.
The dials are produced by master craftsman Hiroyuki Hashiguchi and his colleagues at an experienced manufacturer in Arita that has been making porcelain since 1830. To give the dials the strength required for a watch, the craftsmen use a type of Arita porcelain specially formulated to be harder and more durable than traditional porcelain. A very precise casting mold is used to achieve the difficult task of giving each dial the precise dimensions required to fit perfectly into a wristwatch.
While in traditional Arita porcelain a special glaze is applied to create its distinctive subtle blue sheen, a clear, transparent glaze is used for the dial of this new watch to allow the natural whiteness of the porcelain material to shine through. This pure white porcelain, called Hakuji, echoes the delicate reflection of the moon on water, and creates a sharp contrast with the blue of the hands, roman numerals and sub-dials. The combination of the blue color with the white Arita porcelain lends the watch a uniquely Japanese aesthetic that captures the transient yet memorable beauty of the time-honored tradition of Suigetsu.
This limited edition watch is equipped with the Caliber 6R27. It beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour and provides a power reserve up to 45 hours. This high performance movement can be admired through the exhibition case back.
The crystal is a dual-curved sapphire that delivers high legibility from any angle. The watch is 10 bar (100 meters) water resistant and is presented on a crocodile strap with a blue tone that echoes the color of lakes and ponds illuminated by moonlight. The sub-dial at six o’clock shows the date. At nine o’clock, you can observe the power reserve in hours.
This Presage Arita Porcelain Dial Limited Edition is available from June, 2020 at Seiko Boutiques and selected Seiko retail partners worldwide as a limited edition of 2,000.
Model: Seiko Presage Arita Porcelain Dial Limited Edition, SPB171
Vibrations: 28,800 vibrations per hour (8 beats per second)
Power reserve: 45 hours
Number of jewels: 29
Stainless steel case
Dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
See-through screw case back, with sapphire crystal
Diameter: 40.6mm, Thickness: 14.1mm
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Arita Porcelain dial
Crocodile strap with three-fold clasp with push button release
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: €2,100
Limited edition of 2,000 pieces