Seiko introduces the Presage Blue Enamel Limited Edition SPB069


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Introduced in 2016, Seiko’s Presage collection has quickly gained attention among watch enthusiasts and collectors. Consisting of only mechanical timepieces, the collection offers watches with classic looks, highly reliable movements and, most importantly, great value! One of the most sought after models from this series are the ones with fired enamel dials. So far we have seen the Japanese brand using only white enamel. Today we present you Seiko’s first Presage watch with a blue enamel dial – the Presage Blue Enamel Limited Edition SPB069. Restricted to 1,500 pieces, the watch combines the brand’s mechanical watchmaking and Japanese craftsmanship in the form of enamel. Priced at $1,100, it is now available at selected retailers and worldwide in early 2018.

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The first Presage model to feature a blue enamel dial

 

According to Seiko, the new Presage Blue Enamel Limited Edition SPB069 takes inspiration from the sky at night and Japan’s fascination with the moon. The country’s love of the Earth’s only permanent natural satellite dates back to the Heian era (794-1185) when a tradition of holding parties to view the full moon was born. In the past, Japanese aristocrats would have Tsukimi (literally moon-viewing) ceremonies where would gather in the open and recite poetry that celebrated the mesmerizing beauty of the full moon. These ceremonies would often be accompanied by orchestral music and eating and drinking of traditional foods and drinks. This tradition has lasted until today and is still widely observed throughout Japan. The celebration of the full moon usually happens on the 15th day of the eighth month of the traditional Japanese calendar.

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The crescent-shaped tip has been treated with a gold color powder, giving it a unique texture resembling the surface of the moon

 

Evocative of the night sky, the deep blue enamel dial is made by the enamel craftsman Mitsuru Yokozawa and his team. Even when viewed from close distance, it features the same depth and evenness throughout its entire surface. This kind of perfection is possible only by controlling every stage of the process and even adjusting the structure of the enamel in line with atmospheric conditions. The creation of each and every dial was supervised and inspected by Mr. Yokozawa himself. With the creation of this new blue dial, Mitsuru Yokozawa has achieved an even more impressive feat since the viscosity of blue enamel is much higher. The dial’s night sky theme is complemented by a golden crescent moon on the reverse end of the seconds hand. Gracefully moving across the blue dial, it is evocative of the moon moving across the night sky in the high mountains of Japan. The crescent-shaped tip has been treated with a gold color powder, giving it a unique texture resembling the surface of the moon.

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The crescent shape can also be seen on the transparent case back, affixed by vapor deposition

 

The new Seiko Presage Blue Enamel Limited Edition SPB069 is housed in a 40.5mm stainless steel case. The case is water resistant to 100 meters and has a screw see-through case back. The dial features white-lacquered hands and Roman numerals. Inspired by Seiko’s first pocket watch, the 1895 “Time Keeper”, the hour markers are painted ten times to lift them in relief from the dial. In addition to hours, minutes and seconds, the watch also displays date at 3 o’clock. Ticking inside the watch is the caliber 6R15 – a 3Hz automatic movement that has a power reserve of approximately 50 hours. Completing the Seiko Presage Blue Enamel Limited Edition SPB069 is a stylish blue crocodile leather strap.

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The elegant hour markers take inspiration from Seiko’s first pocket watch (1895)

 

 

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