Baselworld 2019 Announcement - Presage

This year at Baselworld, Seiko again introduces watches in the Presage family that utilize some of the best of traditional Japanese craftsmanship. The new pair of watches feature porcelain dials from the Arita region in Japan. This town in Japan has been known as the home of porcelain in Japan for for over 400 years. Arita is located on the large island of Kyushu in the south west region of Japan. Since the early 17th century Arita porcelain has been highly prized and became widely known as ‘‘Imari ware’’, named after the port it was distributed from.

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Porcelain is traditionally a relatively fragile material to use within a watch and these are not seen on many models. The Credor Eichi and Eichi II have porcelain dials but due to the delicate material it is much more common to see enamel dials. Luckily there has been some recent material science developments and three years ago there was a new type of Arita porcelain was created. This new porcelain has improved strength and flexibility that results in a material more than four times harder than traditional porcelain.

The new Presage dials are manufactured at Shingama Kiln in Arita who have been producing porcelain since 1830. The company master craftsman is Hiroyuki Hashiguchi and he and his colleagues have been working with the Presage team over the past few years to develop these dials. The units are produced through a multi-step process where they are first put into special moulds to to create the three dimensional dials, allowing room for the cutouts for the power reserve and date. They are then dried and fired at 1,300 degrees to whiten and harden the dial. This is then hand glazed by Hashiguchi and his craftsmen and then fired again to affix the glaze. During this process the dial received the subtle blue tinge that is a recognized feature of Arita porcelain. The dial is then laser cut to create holes for the hands and date before being fired for the final time where any cut surfaces are rendered smooth.

The first Presage model to use these porcelain dials is the SPB093 featuring a 6R27 with power reserve indicator and date subdial at six o’clock. The second model is the three hand SPB095 utilizing the 6R35 movement. Both models will be available from September.

Model: SPB093
Case Material: Stainless steel
Movement: 6R27
Jewels: 29
Power Reserve: 45 hours
Crystal: Dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 40.6mm
Thickness: 14.1mm
Price: €1,950, AU$3,200


Model: SPB095
Case Material: Stainless steel
Movement: 6R35
Jewels: 24
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Crystal: Dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 40.5mm
Thickness: 12.4mm
Price: €1,750, AU$2,900