Seiko continues to enrich the line Presage and today presents three new creations Premium that highlight the different forms of Japanese aesthetic and craftsmanship expression.

The first watch Seiko Presage of the line Premium mount the 6L35 caliber self-winding with manual winding option and a power reserve of over 45 hours. The steel case with scratch-resistant coating measures 39,5 mm and houses a dial with an intense and deep black tone, made with lacquer War. This black enamel is a derivative of the sap of the Japanese lacquer tree and has been used for centuries to decorate and protect many metal objects from corrosion, from samurai armor to everyday items such as tea kettles.

It takes skill, experience, intuitive intelligence and patience to complete all the steps of this intricate and long artisan process: the first layer of lacquer War it is applied by hand with a brush and finely spread on the metal base of the dial; when the layer is dry, the dial is polished with charcoal Suruga. This process is repeated three times to prepare the surface for subsequent layers of lacquer, applied until the exact black intensity desired by the master lacquerer is achieved. Isshu Tamura, historical collaborator of Seiko and one of the few custodians of this ancient and traditional technique. The effect is subtle and at the same time of great impact.

This timepiece also offers an interesting parallel to the first wristwatch made in Japan, Laurel, created by Seiko in 1913. The Arabic hour markers feature the same vintage, graceful font as the 1913 model. In addition, both timepieces feature the number 12 detail that stands out on the dial. While in the Laurel the 12 is of a particular bright red color, in the Presage it was made in a warm golden hue, using the ancient technique maki-e.

The 12 is first coated with a layer of lacquer War which acts as a glue for the fine golden powder which is then applied. Once the powder is on the dial, the master Tamura tap it gently to make it uniform on the surface. The result is a numerical indicator with a grainy, shimmering texture in contrast to the smooth appearance of the dial on which it stands out.

It is the result of a meticulous work that takes several weeks and for which the master Tamura he specially makes his brushes using bamboo stalks from the mountains of Kanazawa. The dial displays the 3-hand functions and date window at three o'clock. The glass is sapphire. The timepiece is completed by the black crocodile leather strap with folding clasp and release button. The price of the new Seiko Presage Prestige, with Urushi lacquer dial decorated with the Maki-e technique, reference SJE081J1 is 3.900 EURO.

The other timepieces of the new line Presage Prestige are two novelties of the collection that Seiko realizes in collaboration with the historical collaborators of the master Riki Watanabe, pioneer of contemporary Japanese design and of which these two models have inherited the creative imprint. The design is in fact inspired by the wall clock "RIKI STEEL CLOCK”, One of the most important legacies of Riki Watanabe, and respects the philosophy and the unmistakable style of the master, marked by maximum simplicity and readability. Free from excesses of decoration both on the dial and on the case, it has a linear and modern style, which gives these timepieces a timeless allure.

Both mount the caliber 6R35 self-winding with manual winding option and a power reserve of over 70 hours. The 39,9 mm steel case encloses an elegant enamel dial with a simple and modern look, available in two colors, white and brown. Each dial requires a specific enamel application process, which is achieved only thanks to the skill and sensitivity of the master craftsman Mitsuru Yokosawa, another long-time collaborator of the watchmaking house. Thanks to this particular enamel the dials take on a unique luster and warmth, and a deep and natural charm that reflects Japanese beauty together with a very high level of craftsmanship.

The dials show the hour, minute, second and date functions in the aperture at three o'clock. The timepiece is completed by the domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The strap is in horse leather available in black for the white dial, or brown for the version with a brown dial, closed by a folding clasp with release button. The price of the Seiko Presage Prestige, with enamel dial reference SPB113J1 / SPB115J1 is 1.200 EUROS.