Seiko grows its Presage assortment with two new restricted versions motivated by the Japanese energized film Porco Rosso. With carefully assembled polish dials and references to Porco Rosso’s vintage red seaplane, the white dial Presage model (SNR047) is driven by hyper-exactness Spring Drive innovation while the dark dial (SRQ033) is fueled by a programmed section wheel chronograph. Both are restricted releases and will be accessible from June 2020. Gatherers of manga memorabilia and fanatics of Porco Rosso who appreciate fine Japanese craftsmanship and incredible mechanics are in for a treat.
Porco Rosso meets Presage
Manga comics are viewed as a basic piece of contemporary Japanese culture and take into account each age gathering, from little youngsters to grown-ups. Porco Rosso (crimson pig) began as a manga arrangement painted in watercolors by Hayao Miyazaki before it was made into an energized experience film for grown-ups in 1992 by Studio Ghibli. Porco Rosso is the narrative of a 1930s military pilot: the peculiarity is that the pilot is a pig with a handlebar mustache. A previous WWI warrior expert, Porco Rosso fills in as an abundance tracker pursuing airborne privateers over the Adriatic Sea on board his brilliant red Savoia S-21 seaplane.
Seiko’s Presage assortment was a very much maintained Japanese mystery until it was imparted to the remainder of the world in 2016. With its triumphant equation of customary Japanese craftsmanship, strong mechanical innovation and incredible costs, the Presage assortment is acquiring adepts around the planet. Emphasess have highlighted customary Japanese handcrafts like Shippo veneer and Arita porcelain and even an astounding Urushi polish dial . Today, the Presage assortment welcomes two new watches, the Seiko Presage “Studio Ghibli Porco Rosso” SNR047 & SRQ033 with handcrafted lacquer dials and references to the renowned Japanese full length film featuring a flying pig and his 1920s seaplane.
Spring Drive SNR047
The white dial of this Presage SNR047 model is roused by the instrument board of Porco’s Savoia S-21 with clear dark Arabic numerals, strong hands and point by point markers. The enormous numerals showing 1-12 are complemented by more modest numerals from 13-24 and an external seconds track. A date window at 3 o’clock and a green force save pointer somewhere in the range of 8 and 9 o’clock alongside the splendid red focal seconds hand complete the signs on the dial. The shield and red letter ‘R’ that show up on the rudder of Porco’s seaplane are put simply over 6 o’clock.
The hand tailored polish dial by ace specialist Mitsuru Yokosawa gives the watch an old-world feel with regards to Porco’s 1920s plane. The polish dials are an accolade for Riki Watanabe, with whom Seiko had teamed up in a few activities before and who died in 2013. To make these watches, Seiko worked with a long-term associate and companion of Watanabe’s, Mitsuru Yokosawa, to whom he had endowed the plan heading of his work. The regular flaws and slight discouragements in the polish, simply under the hands, around the date window and denoting the bend of the force save pointer, bear the hands of their creator adding warmth and uniqueness to the watch.
The 40mm hardened steel case has a super-hard covering, is water-impervious to 100m and has a sapphire precious stone caseback to see the programmed Spring Drive 5R65 type. A year ago, Spring Drive innovation was fused into the Presage family, a half breed innovation that consolidates the magnificence of a mechanical development and its unending movement, on account of a programmed twisting framework, with the exactness and unwavering quality of a quartz controller – with a precision of ±1 second out of every day or ±15 seconds of the month. The rotor has been tweaked and includes Porco Rosso’s head in the middle alongside an etching of a statement from the film: “un maiale che non vola è solo un maiale” (a pig that doesn’t fly is only a pig) and the numbered release xxx/500. This Presage model comes with a splendid red crocodile lash with red, green and white sewing and an extra dark crocodile tie with a three-overlap clasp.
Quick facts: 40mm breadth x 13.1mm thickness – treated steel with super-hard covering – high quality white veneer dial – programmed Spring Drive type 5R65 – 72h force hold – precision +/ – 1 second p/day – ref. SNR047 – red and dark crocodile tie – restricted release of 500 – EUR 5,800
Closer in soul to a vintage pilot’s watch with its striking dark polish dial, white markings and cylinder pushers, this Presage tri-compax programmed chronograph SRQ033 would not have looked out of order on Porco Rosso’s wrist. By and by, the high quality polish dial is a show-stopper with delicate spaces on the sub-counters, date window and underneath the hands. The enormous white Arabic numerals and rectangular markers at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock and the triangle at 12 o’clock contrast the dim foundation. There is likewise a telemeter scale on the fringe of the dial and a splendid red focal hand for the chronograph capacities. The little seconds counter at 3 o’clock has been tweaked with the shades of the Italian banner and the ‘R’ and shield on the rudder of Porco Rosso’s plane.
With a marginally bigger case size of 42mm and 14.9mm tallness, the chronograph additionally comes in a steel case with a super-hard covering. The two models are engraved with the name of Porco Rosso’s plane on the situation and the crown has an enormous ‘R’.
The programmed chronograph is controlled by Seiko’s most progressive chronograph type, 8R48, which estimates slipped by time as long as 12 hours and has a force hold of 45 hours. Notwithstanding a vertical grip and a segment wheel, it joins Seiko’s remarkable three-pointed mallet and a heart-molded cam, which guarantee the ideal and moment synchronization of the hands when the chronograph is reset.
Quick facts: 42mm measurement x 14.9mm thickness – tempered steel with super-hard covering – high quality dark veneer dial – programmed chronograph type 8R48 with section haggle grip – 28,800vph – 45h force hold – ref. SRQ033 – red and dark crocodile tie – restricted version 600 pieces – EUR 4,100
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