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Hands-On Seiko Presage Urushi Green Dial Double-Retrograde SPB295J1

Since its worldwide growth in 2016, the Seiko Presage assortment has by no means ceased to develop. Inside this vary of often elegant and refined watches, there are a number of strains to contemplate, from the accessible cocktail fashions to the way more advanced “Craftsmanship Collection” that pays tribute to Japan’s conventional metiers d’artwork, comparable to Arita porcelain, enamel and Urushi lacquer. Immediately, the Japanese producer expands its assortment with a brand new inexperienced lacquered dial and a motion with a double-retrograde show, by presenting the Seiko Presage Urushi Inexperienced Dial restricted version SPB295J1.

This new mannequin, a part of essentially the most high-end watches of the Presage assortment, is neither the primary inexperienced watch (that has been performed already in enamel) nor the primary Urushi mannequin (a method used on a number of events). Nonetheless, that is the primary time each kinds are mixed and as well as, this watch brings again a moderately particular show that Seiko hasn’t used for some time.

The dial of this new Presage SPB295J1 is made with Urushi lacquer (an extract of the so-called Chinese language lacquer tree, or urushi in Japanese) within the studio of grasp craftsman Isshu Tamura in Kanazawa, within the centre of Honshu, Japan’s foremost island, utilizing the centuries-old artwork of Urushi that Tamura discovered from his father. The dial is painted and polished by hand a number of occasions. The inexperienced color is a tribute to “Kanazawa in summer season and the gold accents echo the nice and cozy gentle of the sunshine that penetrates the plush, moss-covered forests of the area.” Urushi lacquer is a time-consuming and difficult work, however it’s the conventional and finest method to create deep colors. Urushi additionally has the benefit that it will get more durable and stronger because the years cross, which is why it was used throughout the Sengoku period within the manufacture of armour for Samurai.

The results of this advanced course of is a wealthy, shiny floor with a deep inexperienced color that can final for a few years. Seiko combines this color with traditional baton indexes, logos and markers printed in white. The principle arms, for the hours and minutes, are additionally white painted for extra distinction and most parts mix this vibrant color with golden accents. The result’s shocking, deep and has an interesting “artisanal” feeling.

Seiko Presage Craftsmanship Series Urushi Green Dial Limited Edition Retrograde Day-Date SPB295J1

One other essential component of this new Seiko Presage Urushi Inexperienced Dial SPB295J1 is the presence of a barely neglected however attention-grabbing show of Seiko, the double retrograde – which has not been seen a lot not too long ago, the model favouring the pointer date and energy reserve show, used on most Arita fashions. Even the earlier Urushi watch, the SPB085, used one more show with the identical capabilities however not retrograde indications. Right here, within the new SPB295J1, we’ve the hours, minutes and seconds within the centre, the facility reserve at 9:30 and importantly, the date at 6 o’clock and the day of the week at 2:30, each performing a retrograde movement.

Seiko Presage Craftsmanship Series Urushi Green Dial Limited Edition Retrograde Day-Date SPB295J1

Aside from this new dial and this uncommon show, we’ve the traditional parts of most Seiko Presage Craftsmanship Collection. This implies the signature metal case with a 40.5mm diameter, twisted lugs, brushed and polished surfaces, a conical crown and a domed sapphire crystal on high. Water-resistance is rated to a snug 100-metre. The SPB295J1 is worn on a black buffalo leather-based strap, closed by a three-fold clasp with push-button launch.

Underneath the clear caseback is the calibre 6R24, utilizing the same old specs of the 6Rxx sequence of mid-range actions. This implies an computerized calibre with 4Hz frequency, 45h energy reserve and, within the current case, a number of indications of the dial together with two retrograde capabilities. The motion is frivolously adorned with brushed bridges and stripes on the oscillating weight.

Seiko Presage Craftsmanship Series Urushi Green Dial Limited Edition Retrograde Day-Date SPB295J1

Availability & Value

The Seiko Presage Craftsmanship Collection Urushi Inexperienced Dial Double-Retrograde SPB295J1 will probably be launched as a restricted version of two,000 items. It is going to be priced at EUR 1,950. For extra particulars, please go to