Introduced in 2020, the Seiko Presage Sharp Edged Series captured the simplicity and refinement of traditional Japanese aesthetics in its delicately textured dial and gave it a modern edge with its sharp and angular case construction. This year, the brand expands this series by adding four new models endowed with GMT function.
These timepieces feature crisp profile, strong lines and angular surfaces. The bracelet has been re-designed to create a multi-dimensional sharp feel that matches the dynamism of the case, and the lugs end with an angled cut to emphasize the modernity of the design. The precisely engineered and polished surfaces and the crisp edges of the case’s silhouette contrast with the hairline finish for a pleasingly multi-dimensional effect. The sharp angles of the hands and indexes enhance the legibility of the dial.
The indexes are crafted to allow the light to play across the dial as they have two different finishes, textured on the top and polished on the sides. Even the GMT hand has a sharp and powerful design to match the angularity of the case. All four watches have a super-hard coating that protects both case and bracelet from scratches and endows it with a long-lasting brilliance.
The new creations all feature dials with the delicate Asanoha, or hemp leaf, pattern that has been used in Japanese fabrics and elsewhere ever since the Heian period over a thousand years ago. The dials’ sharply edged geometric pattern and rich texture present an ever-changing aspect as the light plays across them at different angles. Each dial is in a different traditional Japanese color; Aitetsu, or indigo iron, Tokiwa, the color of evergreen trees, Sumi-iro, the tone of black Japanese ink, and Hihada-iro, a reddish-brown color first derived from the bark of the Japanese cypress tree.
All four watches are powered by the Automatic Caliber 6R64. The GMT hand on each is in a different color to stand out clearly from each dial and, like the hands and indexes, has a generous layer of Lumibrite, to ensure legibility. The GMT hand can also be used as a dual time indicator, with the hour hand being adjustable even as the minute and seconds hands continue to mark time.
The dial rings are in two colors to separate the night and day hours at a glance. The date is shown on a sub-dial at the six o’clock position and there is a power reserve indicator at nine o’clock. The glass is sapphire crystal and the exhibition case back, also in sapphire, reveals the beauty of the movement.
All four watches will be available at the Seiko Boutiques and selected retail stores worldwide in May 2021.
Model: Seiko Presage Sharp Edged Series GMT
Vibrations: 28,800 vibrations per hour (8 beats per second)
Power reserve: 45 hours
Number of jewels: 29
GMT function / Independent hour hand adjustment function
Case and bracelet
Stainless steel case and bracelet with super-hard coating
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
See-through screw case back
Diameter: 42.2mm, Thickness: 13.7mm
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic Resistance: 4,800 A/m
Stainless Steel bracelet with three-fold clasp with push button release
Approximate recommended retail prices in Europe: €1,450