The 2020 Seiko Presage “Riki Enamel” Collection

Four new models enlivened by the moderation and neatness of architect Riki Watanabe’s commended 1977 Steel Clock join the Presage Collection. With perfectly carefully assembled enamel dials in blue, earthy colored and white, two automatic models (SPB113 and SPB115) and two automatic in addition to influence hold pointer (SPB161 and SPB163) enhance an assortment famous for its triumphant combination of Japanese craftsmanship, Seiko’s specialized skill and incredible incentive for cash. Utilizing a more fundamental, less adapted case development with straight drags, indistinguishable from the Presage Spring Drive models presented a year ago, the new Seiko Presage “Riki Enamel” models underscore the fundamental and moderate soul of planner Riki Watanabe to perfection. 

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The Presage assortment was an all around maintained Japanese mystery until it was delivered worldwide in 2016 . Offering the absolute best Japanese craftsmanship with Seiko’s certain specialized ability and incredible incentive for cash, the Presage assortment demonstrates that you can get a delightfully handmade Grand Feu enamel dial for under EUR 1,500. Dials improved with enamel , Urushi polish and even porcelain have joined the developing family. In 2019, the Presage assortment was likewise overhauled on the specialized front with Seiko’s exclusive Spring Drive technology.

the “riki enamel”

Designer Riki Watanabe (1911-2013) is a major name in Japan and established Japan’s first plan office in 1949. His plans, going from furniture to divider clocks and watches, were constantly underlined by a rich moderation and made with a longing to present all around planned, useful articles into the lives and homes of individuals. The Riki Steel Clock of 1977 was a quartz divider clock with a straightforward yet all around examined plan that permitted intelligibility even from a good ways. One form of the Riki Steel Clock included prolonged stick records masterminded around super thin hands, the hour hand with a spade-like tip and the focal seconds hand coordinating the shade of the dial.

Mitsuru Yokosawa is another significant name. A veteran enamel expert, Yokosawa has been working with enamel since the mid 1970s and has prevailing with regards to replicating the greatest enameling procedures, similar to Grand Feu enamel. The excellence of enamel is its special character as the surface is regularly set apart by dimples, minuscule specks and harsh surfaces.

Automatic models SPB113 and SPB115

Both 3-hand references parade hand tailored enamel dials in white and earthy colored. The white model gets on the principle shading references of Riki Watanabe’s Steel Clock, which was created in fundamental high contrast dial tones. Rather than the exemplary Roman numerals of some other Presage models, the dial replicates the moderation of Riki Watanabe’s divider clock with straight long stick hour markers and more limited minutes alongside a similar spade-style hour hand. The focal seconds hand is straight albeit the minutes hand is carefully tightened. There is additionally a rectangular date window at 3 o’clock with a dark foundation on the earthy colored model and a white foundation on the white.

The steel cases measure 39.9mm with a thickness of 12.4mm and are water-impervious to 100m. The state of the case reacts to the progressions seen on the Spring Drive models presented last pre-winter. The straight hauls are not coordinated into the casebands like prior Shippo Enamel or Arita Porcelain models. Easier, more fundamental and closer in soul to Riki Watanabe’s plan reasoning. The two watches come on Cordovan horsehide calfskin ties with outer sewing for a more loose look.

Both you hand-and-date automatics are fueled by type 6R35, an automatic development with a 70h force save and precision appraised at +25 to – 15 seconds out of each day. Obvious through the sapphire precious stone caseback, the plan addresses the development are fundamental with a brushed completion on the bridges.

Seiko Presage Riki Enamel Automatic SPB113 and SPB115 – 39.9mm x 12.4mm treated steel – 100m water-obstruction – sapphire precious stone front and back – white or earthy colored handcrafted enamel dial – in-house automatic type 6R35 – 70h force hold – dark or earthy colored Cordovan calfskin tie with triple collapsing catch – USD 1,100 or EUR 1,200 – accessible now

Automatic/power hold SPB161 and SPB163

The new automatic with power hold and schedule date models come with either a white or blue enamel dial, made in Yokosawa’s enamel studio by hand. Including similar moderate hour and moment markers of Watanabe’s divider clock, you can truly value the enamel here as it dunks in the middle. Practically like an exceptionally shallow bowl, the dial includes a focal recessed zone adding profundity to the composition. The force hold pointer is at 9 o’clock and the date is organized on a schedule sub-dial at 6 o’clock. The white model is fitted with blued hands while the blue model is fitted with white hands to upgrade legibility.

Identical in size to the three-hand automatic, the treated steel case is 39.9mm with a tallness of 12.4mm. The straight carries, which are not incorporated into the caseback, give the watch a more controlled, less dressy look, which thus is underscored by the Cordovan cowhide lashes with sewing that accompany both these watches.

The development here is the in-house automatic type 6R27 with a cutting edge 4Hz recurrence, a 45-hour power hold and a precision pace of +25 to – 15 seconds of the day. Like the easier three-hand model, the development is noticeable through the caseback and gotten done with essential enlivening contacts. The automatic with power hold models will not be accessible until June 2020 and will retail for USD 1,300.

Seiko Presage Riki Enamel Automatic/Power Reserve SPB161 and SPB163 – 39.9mm x 12.4mm tempered steel – 100m water-opposition – sapphire precious stone front and back – white or blue carefully assembled enamel dial – in-house automatic type 6R27 – 45h force hold – blue or earthy colored Cordovan cowhide lash with triple collapsing catch – USD 1,300 – accessible June 2020

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