Case: Stainless Steel,Round
Cuts: 39 mm
Thickness: 12.50 mm
Band Material: Crocodile
BUCKLE: Deployment Buckle
Functions: Hours,Minutes,Seconds,Date,Power Reserve
A lesson to capture the beauty of abstraction.
Two familiar models received obvious Japanese updates.
There is almost no more valuable watch series than Seiko’s Presage series. You will get a beautifully designed watch with a sturdy and reliable movement, various additional compact touches, and a generally affordable price. As early as 2017, Seiko launched a series of stainless steel dials with white enamel burned dials in several different configurations. This week, we launched two new versions of watches with Arita ceramic dials, bringing some distinctive Japanese traditional craftsmanship to the watch party. In addition to the new dial and upgraded movement, as well as the longer power reserve for the date and date models, these watches also retain all the features of our favorite original models.
The proverb “Mirror Flower, Water Moon” reflects such a beautiful thing, for example, the reflection of the moon in still water is the reflection. It cannot be achieved. Its beauty can only exist as an existing building in the city. The Suigetsu word in Japanese specifically captures the image phenomenon of the moon on the water. Although it may only exist visually, Seiko recently added a model that can actually be implemented in the Presage series. It is designed according to the transient nature of the moon reflection in lakes and ponds throughout Japan.
In the newest member of the Presage series, SPB171, the blue pointer clings to the white Arita porcelain dial. Only 2,000 Arita ceramic dial limited edition examples are provided. The watch uses Seiko’s 6R27 movement and is also used in the recently launched “Riki” watch in the Presage series.
The Presage series has always been full of watches, and these watches have achieved their weight grades above by combining processes that are usually reserved for higher prices. The porcelain dial points to SPB171 inheriting the idea of last year’s most popular SPB093 and SPB095 heritage. The formula is almost the same: a beautifully designed watch with a strong and durable movement and a high price, which represents a high value.
A manufacturer that has been hone art since 1830, the craftsman Hashiyuki Hashiguchi oversees the production of Arita dials. The essence of producing ceramic dials is that the machinery can only be exerted to a certain extent, and the rest depends on human touch.
In short, the creation of porcelain plates is an art in itself. Arita Porcelain differs from traditional porcelain in that it is a physically hard material, so when it is used, the requirements for accuracy become particularly important. Hakuji porcelain is used for its pure white color, and forms a sharp contrast between the blue hands and the dial.
This special effect produced by bright white and soft blue is to evoke the beauty of the moon that people will experience during water and snow. Ceremony, this is a ritual where people appreciate the reflection of the moon on the still water. Often, it can be a challenge to fully grasp the background and ideology behind such a deep reference to Japanese traditional Seiko and Seiko models.
The desire to appreciate the moon’s reflection on the water seems to have nothing to do with clocks and watchmaking, but it only makes sense to step back. Appreciating the fleeting beauty is a human experience, and the way we appreciate the beauty of any watch (no matter where it comes from) is not much different. With or without a Japanese cultural background, Seiko SPB171 is indeed very beautiful.
Even with such an emphasis on the aesthetics of the watch, Seiko has not scorned the movement. 6R27 is a mid-range product that has formed an excellent record over the years. It beats at 28,800 vph and has a 45-hour power reserve. Although the movement is not the focus of the watch, it will definitely enhance the value proposition.
The Presage series is usually called “the best kept secret” within Seiko. Watches share a common philosophy with Grand Seiko, but Seiko is also good at pragmatism. Just like the faint beauty of the moon sinking on a glass lake on a quiet summer night, the model will quietly fade from the retailer’s showcase.
Model: Arita Porcelain Dial Limited Edition
Reference number: SPB171
Case material: stainless steel
Dial color: pure white
Index: Roman numerals
Water resistance: 30m
Strap/Bracelet: Strap, blue alligator leather
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds, date, power reserve.
Power reserve: 45 hours clockwork
: Automatic winding
What is Arita porcelain?
Before delving into the shopping replica watch itself, it is necessary to understand the actual meaning of Arita Porcelain and why Seiko chose to use it. Arita is a small town on the island of Kyushu, Japan. By the end of the 16th century, porcelain clay was discovered nearby, making the area a hub for Japanese porcelain. According to Wikipedia, early merchandise was decorated with underglaze blue, but by the mid-17th century, Arita was at the forefront as Japan developed various brightly colored enamel “enamel” decorations.
Soon after, Arita’s porcelain products were known throughout Japan for their high-quality art. By the 19th century, it was exported to all parts of the world, dispatched by sea from the port of Imari Arita.
Today, Arita porcelain still has global appeal. Despite having a population of only 20,000, many porcelain manufacturers have grown in the town, producing various products and inheriting their long tradition of craftsmanship. Although porcelain is also manufactured elsewhere, the porcelain produced by Arita is unique to Japan, so Seiko chose to use this material for the dial of its new Presage watch.
We often see enamel dials, whether they are made in Switzerland, made in Japan or from other unexpected places, such as Scotland. However, the porcelain dial is more novel. Of course, this does not mean that they are not so ideal. If anything, this particular dial offers greater depth and gloss than many enamel dials we’ve seen (including previous Presage Enamel watches), but its appearance is very soft. I think the best way to describe the appearance is “milky”, only light blue. The quality of the finish is much higher than the price, but this is again the business card of the Presage collection.
Making attractive pottery is one thing. Making dials that require very high precision and tolerance is another matter. Seiko is known for its quality control standards, so naturally you will want the company to use only the best materials available on the dial. This is exactly what it does. The dial is made of new Arita porcelain developed three years ago. It is more than four times harder than standard porcelain and has the required strength and flexibility.
It is understandable that Seiko does not have the necessary expertise required to make dials. Instead, it chose to work with Hiroshi Hashiguchi, a master craftsman. Together with his colleagues, he formed an experienced manufacturer in Arita, which has been manufacturing porcelain since 1830. They jointly developed a multi-stage production process.
First, put the base material in a special mold that can provide dial depth. This is especially evident on SPB093, thanks to the recessed energy storage indicator at 9 o’clock and the calendar subdial at 6 o’clock. The dial is dried and then fired for the first time at 1300 degrees to make the material hard and white. Then Hashiguchi and his team applied a special glaze by hand, and then burned the dial again to bond the glaze to the dial. It was this step that produced a deep, rich appearance and a touch of blue, which is a direct tribute to the early examples of Arita porcelain. Next, use a laser to cut the holes in the date window and hands. Finally, the dial is ignited again to smooth the cut surface.
The result is clearly different from the enamel dial. Not necessarily better or worse, just different. I really like how the hue of blue becomes very noticeable at certain angles. It adds more elements to the dial and complements the blue steel hands. The time scale uses Roman numerals, and the “XII” at 12 o’clock is red. This is consistent with other similar models in the Presage lineup.
Functionally speaking, Seiko Presage Arita ceramic dial SPB093 is a variant of Presage Multi-Hand Automatic. This means a classic three-person aaa quality watches with a calendar subdial at 6 o’clock and a power reserve indicator between 8 and 10 o’clock. The 40.60 mm stainless steel case is equipped with an internal automatic movement-6R27 movement-the frequency is modern 4Hz, with a 45-hour power reserve. It can be seen through the sapphire bottom cover and shows a very good (if simple) finishing level.
Technical Specifications-Seiko PRESAGE ARITA Porcelain Plate SPB093
Case: 40.6mm x 14.1mm-stainless steel polished and brushed, multi-faced lugs-100m water resistant-4800 A / m magnetic field resistance-sapphire crystal, A / R coated dial and bottom cover
Dial: Master craftsman Hiroyuki Hashiguchi’s Arita ceramic dial-blue needle
Movement: Internal self-winding movement 6R27-4Hz frequency -45h power reserve-hours, minutes, seconds, date, power reserve indication
Strap: Alligator leather strap, tri-fold clasp, with button release