Seiko has introduced a new collection within its Presage range and called it, rather unimaginatively, the Presage Sharp Edged Series. The hallmark of these watches is a sharp angular case that plays off the light well and a heavily textured dial.
All four watches have the same case characteristics. Made in stainless steel with a super-hard coating that protects it (and the bracelet) from scratches and ensures long-lasting brilliance, the case measures a modest 39.9 mm in width and is 11. 1 mm thick. The architecture of the case is very different to the softer profile of existing Presage models.
The Sharp Edged Series, as the name suggests, has flat surfaces that create sharp angles. The majority of the case surfaces have a hairline brushed finish that contrasts well with the polished surfaces. Though there is no Zaratsu polishing here, the case shape somewhat recalls the design of Grand Seiko cases. The cases are water-resistant to 100 meters and has a magnetic resistance of 4,800 A/m. The cases uses sapphire crystals on the dial-side and on the caseback.
While three of the models are paired with matching steel bracelets with a three-fold clasp and push button release, the rose gold PVD model (Ref. SPB170) is paired with a brown Cordovan leather strap. The dials have an Asanoha pattern. Based on regular hexagons, this geometric motif resembles a hemp leaf and has been used in Japanese rituals for thousands of years now. The triangle denotes protection against evil, and Asanoha, an aggregate of triangles, conveys a meaning of strength and beauty.
Thanks to an abundance of geometric surfaces, the dial sees a subtle gradation of color depending on the direction of the light. The four watches have four different dials – Shironeri is an unbleached silky white dial, Aitetsu is indigo iron, Tokiwa is a nod to the green of evergreen trees and Susutake references the tones of brown smoked bamboo. The dial has faceted indexes and sword-shaped hands that again recall the Grand Seiko style. A date window is placed at 3 o’ clock.
The watches in this collection are powered by Caliber 6R35, a self-winding movement with a power reserve of 70 hours. All four watches will be available from September 2020 at Seiko Boutiques and selected retail stores worldwide and is priced at €440 (About AED4,300).