The sixth version of Options New York is lower than a month away, and with greater than 25 taking part watch manufacturers set to showcase their newest novelties subsequent month at Midtown Manhattan’s Gotham Corridor on October 22-24 — amongst them quite a lot of uncommon items that the general public will see for the primary time — the joy is rising. Famed Japanese watchmaker Seiko joins the occasion with the East Coast debut of its new U.S.-exclusive Prospex SLA053 and SLA059 “Seigaiha” editions.
The brand new fashions, which comply with on the heels of sister model Grand Seiko’s personal U.S.-exclusive announcement, every hail from Seiko’s standard Prospex line of dive watches. The pair incorporates a “Seigaiha” (or “blue ocean waves”) sample on their dials, in both a vivid blue (SLA053) or a deep burgundy (SLA059). Notably, the 2 comply with up one other set of U.S.-exclusive fashions launched by Seiko in 2020, the Prospex Ice Divers (under), indicating a continued curiosity by the Japanese model in producing particular items for certainly one of its most essential markets.
The “Seigaiha” editions are impressed by, and take their identify from, a kind of Japanese artwork that first appeared within the sixth century referred to as Seigaiha. The type is greatest outlined by the layering of concentric circles, which in Japanese tradition has gained a selected prominence as a motif in artwork, materials, ceramics, and lacquerware, with every arched wave representing surges of fine luck, peace, and luck, in addition to energy and resilience.
Every of the watches additionally attracts symbolic inspiration from different sources — the blue-dialed SLA053 from the ocean waves beneath the moonlight, and the burgundy-dialed SLA059 from the primary rays of solar brightening the darkish seas at daybreak. Each bit on this regard is supposed to evoke the position of the moon waxing and waning, as represented in Shinto and Zen Buddhist traditions, in line with Seiko, as a token of enlightenment, desires and spirituality.
Outdoors of those stylistic inspirations, each watches function the acquainted Prospex dive-watch type, massive on the wrist at 44.3 mm in diameter by 15.4 mm thick and water resistant to 300 meters. The case as a complete may be very sharp-looking, with the blue version utilizing a black, arduous coating to darken its metal; each are in any other case the identical of their faceted angles, deeply toothed unidirectional ceramic bezel, and distinctive 4 o’clock crown.
The layered, circular-patterned dial is on show behind a sapphire crystal, imparting an inventive contact to the in any other case hardy dive watch whereas not taking something away from the excessive diploma of legibility and performance for which the Prospex assortment is understood. The dial components exterior of the Seigaiha circles are comparatively easy: an outer curved minute ring, massive utilized indices, a 3 o’clock date window, and a daring set of palms sweeping over to point the time. Powering each variations of the watch is the 26-jewel computerized 8L35, which beats at a frequency of 28,800 vph and maintains a 50-hour energy reserve.
Each “Seigaiha” watches are to be obtainable at retail solely in america, with the blue SLA053 obtainable now, for $3,200 and restricted to 500 editions, and the burgundy SLA059 set to be launched in fall 2021, priced at $3,300 and non-limited. Every watch comes with a pair of matching cuff hyperlinks.
To be taught extra, you may go to Seiko right here. And to see the U.S. exclusives dwell and in particular person, along with so many extra nice watches launched this yr, make sure you be part of us at Options New York 2021 subsequent month. To be taught extra and buy tickets, click on right here!