Credor Eichi II Blue Edition

Seiko Watch Corporation will be celebrating its 140th anniversary in 2021. To mark this occasion, the Japanese watchmaking conglomerate has proposed a new model from its Credor luxury dress watch collection.

Introduced in 1974 by Seiko, Credor watches highlight Japanese aesthetics and engineering excellence. These watches are made with the very finest materials. This label offers finest mechanical watches manufactured by the most talented master watchmakers in the land of the rising sun. Some outstanding examples from the Credor watch collection are: Eichi (2008), Credor Spring Drive Sonnerie (2006), Credor Spring Drive Minute Repeater (2011) and Eichi II (2014).

To mark the 140th anniversary, Seiko Watch Corporation has announced a new edition of the iconic Eichi II watch. This new edition of Credor Eichi II has a Platinum 950 case and, for the first time, a blue hand painted porcelain dial.

Credor Eichi II Blue Edition

Each Eichi II watch has been created by the elite team of watchmakers at the Micro Artist Studio in Shiojiri. It is made, assembled and finished by hand and, remarkably, each of the 12 indexes and the letters of the name Credor are hand-painted on to the porcelain dial by one of studio’s own craftsmen.

The dial boasts a distinctive deep blue shade known as lapis lazuli (Ruri in Japan). This color theme perfectly suits the simple, clean layout of the Eichi II dial and provides the ideal contrast to the white indexes and hands. The dial has a gentle curve thanks to the careful application of the porcelain glaze which creates a surface tension, giving it a slightly domed shape. The very nature of porcelain leads to the glaze being slightly thinner at the edge and center of the dial so that, as light plays across each dial, it reveals its own particular shades and tones.

Credor Eichi II Blue Edition

The Eichi II watch is equipped with the Spring Drive 7R14 movement. This hand-end mechanical manual winding calibre features a two-piece bridge for strength and stability. The movement boasts perfectly beveled edges. The rims of the bridges, the holes for rubies and the screws are all expertly hand polished to a perfect mirror finish and the tempered blue screws stand out in contrast to the hairline finish of the bridges to heighten the perception of the perfection of the engineering. The bridge rims are polished by hand with a special wooden tool.

Credor Eichi II Blue Edition

The barrel has the shape of the bell flower that is the symbol of the city of Shiojiri. The Spring Drive movement is manual-winding and features the unique Torque Return System which delivers a power reserve of 60 hours. Visible through the transparent case back, a lean, tempered blue hand indicates the power reserve.

This Eichi II Blue Edition will be available in January 2021.

Technical details

Model: Credor Eichi II Blue Edition

Spring Drive 7R14
Winding system: manual-winding
Accuracy: +/– 15 seconds per month
Power reserve: 60 hours
Jewels: 41

Platinum 950 case and three-fold clasp with push button release
Crocodile strap
Dual-curved sapphire crystal (with anti-reflective coating)
See-through case back
Water resistance: 3 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 39 mm; thickness: 10.3 mm

Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: €59,000

Seiko Credor FUGAKU Tourbillon Limited Edition

Seiko Watch Corporation unveils its first ever tourbillon – the FUGAKU Tourbillon Limited Edition- bearing its prestigious Credor brand name. This masterpiece tourbillon wristwatch boasts three-dimensional engraving and lacquer work inspired by the art of the Edo period

Based on the ultra-thin movement, Caliber 68, this remarkable luxury watch demonstrates Japanese craftsmanship at its finest in its movement adjustment, its metal engraving and its lacquer finishing. Just eight watches will be made and they will be presented at Seiko’s Boutiques worldwide in 2016.

The FUGAKU Tourbillion Limited Edition is a masterpiece created by the diverse skills of three of Seiko’s most experienced craftsmen, all of whom have been recognized as Contemporary Master Craftsmen by the government of Japan.

The new tourbillon movement, caliber 6830, is less than 4mm thick and is made and assembled by Satoshi Hiraga. Kiyoshi Terui is the engraver, and the overall design, including the integration of the tourbillon, metal engraving, and lacquer work, is the work entrusted to Nobuhiro Kosugi, the first watch designer to be selected as a Master Craftsman. Urushi expert Isshu Tamura contributes the lacquer finish. Together, their skills and advanced techniques have yielded a work of art that expresses the essence of the Japanese sense of beauty.

Caliber 6830 is a mechanical movement based on the ultra-thin Caliber 68 family, and is Seiko’s first ever tourbillon movement. Caliber 6830 was created utilizing the utmost in mechanical movement manufacturing expertise, with the base part a mere 1.98mm thick. Including the carriage, the whole movement measures just 3.98mm in depth, and the diameter is just 25.6mm, with the result that it is the world’s smallest tourbillon by volume. The volume has been reduced by the use of a unique pallet fork design and by the integration of the wheel and bridge. Weight, too, has been reduced with the use of titanium in some parts of the carriage.

A tourbillon reduces the effect of gravity and thereby stabilizes the accuracy of the movement, thanks to the escapement and balance wheel being set in a rotating cage known as a carriage.

Katsushika Hokusai’s series ‘Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji’ is renowned worldwide and is an icon of Japanese culture. Painted in the 19th century in the Edo period, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, brought Hokusai worldwide fame, thanks to its strikingly dynamic composition and use of perspective.  This print inspired the creation of this watch.

The delicacy of the dial engraving is extraordinary. Kiyoshi Terui worked to the limits of his technical skill in engraving to breathe three-dimensional life into the wave that dominates the scene depicted on the dial. The 18k yellow and white gold wave is 1.6mm at its thickest and 0.5mm at its thinnest, a true marvel of manual craftsmanship.

The Great Wave off Kanagawa inspired the design.  The wave motif decorates the case back as well as the dial.The reverse side of the watch features the same wave, combining engraving and lacquer finishing to create a modern, sharp and brilliant version of the theme. On the balance wheel bridge is the outline shape of Mt. Fuji, which is so central to Hokusai’s work and to the world’s view of Japan today. The watch’s name, FUGAKU, is another way in which the Japanese language describes Mt. Fuji.

The FUGAKU model has unique colors that are born out of the combination of engraving and lacquer. By introducing a world of color into the intricate engraving, the carved design comes to shine prominently with three-dimensional depth. The scene behind the dial evokes a sky at dawn, with a lush gradient of navy blue to purple brought to life through the colored lacquer. The extremely advanced techniques required in the creation of the color gradient are the product of hours of painstaking effort by the world-renowned lacquer artist Isshu Tamura, all to express the most precise of hues in a lacquer that is just 0.1mm thick. The Credor emblem on the dial is also handcrafted by Mr. Tamura in gold lacquer, or Maki-e.

Fine mother-of-pearl work adorns the traditional Japanese Seigaiha (waves in a blue ocean) patterning on the 6-side and the clouds and plovers on the 12-side, meticulously expressing the richness of Japanese natural scenery. Each of the hour marks is also richly finished in 18K yellow gold.

The magnificent 43mm diameter platinum case is adorned with forty-three blue sapphires, arrayed in harmony with the dial in a beautiful gradation of color. Between the bars around the sides of the case are finished with fine mother-of-pearl stripes.

Technical details
Model:  Credor FUGAKU Tourbillon Limited Edition

Caliber 6830
Driving system: manual winding
Vibrations: 21,600 vibrations per hour (6 beats per second)
Accuracy: mean daily rate of -10 to +15 seconds
Power reserve: approximately 37 hours
Jewels: 22 jewels
Number of parts: 153

Case, dial and strap
Platinum 950/18K white gold/18K yellow gold case with 48 blue sapphires (3.22 carat, including crown and lugs)
Dial with 18K white gold/18K yellow gold engraving, Urushi lacquer, mother-of-pearl, Yakogai (turban shell)
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: 3 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 43.1 mm, Thickness: 8.8 mm
Crocodile strap with Platinum 950 three-fold clasp with push button release

Retail Price
Recommended retail price in Japan: 50,000,000 Japanese Yen plus tax

Limited edition of 8 pieces

Credor Engraved Skeleton Limited Edition
In addition to the FUGAKU model, Seiko is launching another limited edition featuring engraving and lacquer work that also expresses the wave theme. The model highlights Credor’s pursuit of beauty, combining beautiful traditional lacquer technique with the ultra-thin Caliber 6899 movement finished in an original engraved skeleton design. The striking waves on the 6-side shine thanks to Isshu Tamura’s mother-of-pearl work, which uses a purple to yellow-green gradation to depict the movement of the waves.

Technical details
Model: Credor Engraved Skeleton Limited Edition: GBBD963

Caliber 6899
Driving system: manual winding
Vibrations: 21,600 vibrations per hour (6 beats per second)
Accuracy: mean daily rate of -15 to +25 seconds
Power reserve: approximately 37 hours
Jewels: 26 jewels
Number of parts: 133

Case, dial and strap
18K white gold case
Skelton dial with Urushi lacquer, mother-of-pearl, Yakogai (turban shell), abalone
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: 3 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 38.0 mm, Thickness: 7.3 mm
Crocodile strap with 18K white gold three-fold clasp with push button release

Retail Price
Recommended retail price in Japan: 4,800,000 Japanese Yen plus tax

Limited edition of 30 pieces

Credor Spring Drive Sonnerie (Ref GBLQ998) – The First Striking Watch Built By SEIKO

The SEIKO Credor Spring Drive Sonnerie is a classic mechanical wrist watch that features the Hour Striking Function. It is the first striking watch built by the Japanese watch making giant SEIKO.

Introduced in 2006, the Credor Spring Drive Sonnerie (Ref GBLQ998) is a land mark timepiece that adds a golden feather to SEIKO’s unmatched achievements in horology in its 100 years of rich history. This Grande complication model has been derived from the enormous success of Spring Drive, a watch that presents, visually, the pure, natural and continuous motion of time.

The challenge was to express the passage of time in sound as well as by the smooth movement of the hands across the dial. The challenge was taken up by a small and elite team of watch making craftsmen in SEIKO Epson under the leadership of Mr. Kenji Shiohara. This team, “the Micro Artist Studio,” was guided by a shared passion for the creation of distinctively Japanese timepieces which express both the technical skill of SEIKO and the cultural heritage of Japan.

The result is a unique and hugely innovative timepiece which conveys to both eye and ear the serene flow of time. The continuous stream of each second, minute and hour is indicated by the quiet revolution of the glide-motion hands around the dial, and the time is also marked by a unique chime expressed in a softly tinkling “hanging” bell. This bell chime resonates with the cultural heritage of Japan and is instantly recognizable as an auditory symbol of the nation’s centuries of tradition.
Credor Spring Drive Sonnerie (Ref GBLQ998) - The First Striking Watch Built By SEIKOThe watch is built on the base of the ground-breaking Spring Drive movement 7R series with its glide-motion hands and 48 hour power reserve. Onto this Spring Drive movement is added the “sonnerie” mechanism which has its own, entirely separate barrel, ensuring that this mechanism has more than 40 hours of power reserve.

The power reserve is shown on a second indicator at the two o’clock position. The movement is easy to operate with just the one crown at the 3 o’clock position and a mode indicator at 6 o’clock. The movement comprises over 600 individual parts, each uniquely made and, of course, hand assembled and finished to the highest levels of precision.

The Hour Striking Function
The “sonnerie” mechanism has an hour striking function. It is built around typical Japanese hanging bell sound. This was chosen because its unique and lingering sound harmonizes with the natural flow of time and space. Purity of sound was the greatest challenge, and the achievement of the perfect bell sound was made possible by the remarkable combination of a bell system, the use of a newly developed governor and the unique sound escape system that allows the chime sound to pass through the case.

This governor mechanism is a remarkable innovation. It uses the viscosity of air so that the chime sounds at very precise intervals and there is no other sound to interfere with the pure strike of the bell. Combined with the entirely silent Tri-synchro regulator, the absolute silence of the whole movement is ensured and the complete purity of the sound is the delightful result. The hour striking function can be set to one of three different modes: an hourly strike, three hourly strike, or silence. To power the hour striking function, a spring exclusive to this mechanism is used in parallel with the watch mechanism’s barrel.

The hour repeating function announces the current time by chiming each hour when the button located at the 8 o’clock position is pressed. A silent function is included so that chiming can be muted as long as the button located at 8 o’clock position is pressed halfway down. The movement has a “fail-safe” mechanism to prevent the chime sounding when inappropriate actions are performed by mistake.

The Modes
The mechanism offers the following three modes:

1. “Sonnerie” mode: the number of hours is automatically counted by chiming every hour on the hour.
2. “Original” mode: the time is announced by a three-strike chime at the passing of every three hours: 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, and 9:00.
3. “Silent” mode: the chime is disengaged.

These modes can be selected simply by changing the mode indicator.

The Design
As befits a watch of such intricacy and sophistication, the strike hammer is visible through the dual surface curved sapphire crystal. The case itself is crafted from 18-karat pink gold, which not only reflects the value of the movement but assists the purity of the sound of the chime.

On the mainspring barrel of the bell mechanism, a cutout Japanese bellflower (Kikyo flower in Japanese) drifts down on a river, symbolizing the continuous flow of time. The Japanese bellflower is chosen because it is the flower of the city where the Micro Artist Studio is located.

Technical details

  • Case: 18-karat pink gold
  • Band: Crocodile
  • Glass: Dual surface curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
  • Water resistance: Non water-resistant
  • Size: [Case outside diameter] 43.2mm/[Thickness] 16.0mm
  • Retail price (In 2006): 15 million Japanese Yen (excluding tax and import duty)

Caliber details

Spring Drive Sonnerie caliber, 7R06

  • Hour striking function
  • Three modes selectable: chiming every hour on the hour/chiming every three hours/silent
    Hour repeating function
  • Power reserve indicators: Two. One each for the watch mechanism and the bell mechanism
  • Wind-up method: Manual-winding
  • Time accuracy: Monthly rate within ±15 sec (equivalent to a daily rate of ±1 sec)
  • Power reserve (watch mechanism): Approx. 48 hours
  • Power reserve (bell mechanism): More than 40 hours
  • Number of jewels: 88
  • Movement diameter: 37.0 mm
  • Movement thickness: 7.05 mm
  • 617 components