Seiko presents two new Presage Sharp Edged Series watches inspired by the Japanese tradition of Kabuki theatre.
These new timepieces have been designed in collaboration with Ebizo Ichikawa, one of Japan’s most prominent and influential Kabuki actors.
The dials incorporate the Japanese hemp leaf pattern known as Asanoha, which has been used in the fabric of Kabuki costumes for centuries. The sharply edged geometric pattern of the dial with its rich Asanoha texture presents an ever-changing aspect as the light plays across it at different angles.
The dial’s reddish-brown persimmon color is known as Kakiiro and is a traditional Japanese color that originated with the Ichikawa family who first used it generations ago in their Kabuki costumes. Still today, Kakiiro remains a Kabuki favorite. The dial edge is a darker shade so that the gold color hands and indexes stand out clearly.
The stainless steel case is provided with black hard coating. The watches are offered with a leather strap whose back is also Kakiiro. This is a subtle nod to the Edo period when it was forbidden to wear vivid colors in public and so they were only used on the reverse side of garments.
Both watches share the same crisp and angular case design that gives the series its distinctive and modern look. The indexes are textured on the top and polished on the sides so as to create a sharp and contemporary feel. The hour and minute hands are coated generously with Lumibrite to enhance legibility even in dark conditions.
Both Seiko Presage watches are powered by Seiko’s high performance 6R series movements. The first offers Caliber 6R21, which has day, date and power reserve indicators at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions respectively. The second offers Caliber 6R35, which delivers a power reserve of 70 hours.
Fitted with sapphire crystal glasses with an anti-reflective coating, both versions are 10 bar water resistant.
The new Kabuki-inspired Seiko Presage watches will be available as limited editions of 2,000 from October 2022 at the Seiko Boutiques and selected retail partners worldwide.
Model: Seiko Presage Sharp Edged Series Kabuki-inspired Limited Editions
Caliber 6R21 (SPB329)
Vibrations: 28,800 vibrations per hour (8 beats per second)
Power reserve: 45 hours
Number of jewels: 29
Caliber 6R35 (SPB331)
Vibrations: 21,600 vibrations per hour (6 beats per second)
Power reserve: 70 hours
Number of jewels: 24
Stainless steel case with black hard coating
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Screw see-through case back
Diameter: 40.2mm, Thickness: 12.2mm (SPB329)
Diameter: 39.3mm, Thickness 11.1mm (SPB331)
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Leather strap with three-fold clasp with push button release
Approximate recommended retail prices in Europe: €1,200 (SPB329) / €1,050 (SPB331)
Limited editions of 2,000 pieces each