Known for offering durable and budget-friendly watches, Seiko has launched a slew of brand-new watches. The Japenese watchmaker has expanded its Seiko Speedtimer collection by adding three new chronograph models, released two new iterations of the Presage Sharp Edged Series that pay homage to Kabuki — a Japanese form of theatre that has its roots in the 17th century Edo period — and unveiled two new models of the Presage Cocktail Time Star Bar that come with skeleton dials.
Seiko Speedtimer Chronograph
First introduced in 1969, the Speedtimer Chronograph was one of the first automatic chronographs on the market. While the latest models offer the design language of the original, they come with added convenience, reliability, and accuracy of Seiko’s solar technology. The new Seiko watches feature a typical chronograph layout along with a date window between four and five o’clock. Equipped with the solar Caliber V192, the timepieces can operate for up to six months without being exposed to light.
Seiko Presage Sharp Edged Series Kabuki-inspired Limited Edition
The Seiko Presage Sharp Edged Series, launched in 2020, is recognised for presenting timepieces that flawlessly combine modern technology and Japanese tradition. As mentioned before, the new watches — SPB329 and SPB331 — pay tribute to the enduring popularity of Kabuki and have been crafted in collaboration with Ebizo Ichikawa, one of Japan’s most influential Kabuki actors. The dials of the new Seiko watches feature the Japanese hemp leaf pattern known as Asanoha, which has been used in the fabric of Kabuki costumes for centuries. Not only this, the reddish-brown persimmon colour of the display is known as Kakiiro and is a traditional Japanese colour that originated with the Ichikawa family who first used it generations ago in their Kabuki costumes. While the SPB329 is a simple yet elegant time-and-date model, the SPB331 comes with complications like the power reserve indicator and the calendar. Both models are powered by Seiko’s high-performance 6R series movements.
Seiko Star Bar Limited Edition
Conceived in collaboration with Hisashi Kishi — the first bartender to be awarded the "Contemporary Master Craftsman" award — the new Cocktail Star Bar Limited Edition watches honour Tokyo’s rich nightlife. The watches feature a skeleton dial, which is available in gradient crimson or textured white hue. The rest of the display of the new Seiko watches remains clean and perfectly legible. It also consists of hour markers and a central, three-hand timekeeping system. Under the hood, there is the watchmaker’s in-house automatic Calibre 4R72 that runs at a frequency of 21,600vph and has a power reserve of up to 41 hours.