Seiko Debuts The New Presage Classic Series With Softly Textured Dials

In addition to the updated 62MAS (the 24MAS?) we covered this week, Seiko also introduced additions to its dressy Presage collection. Together, there are five new references in the Seiko Presage Classic Series, defined by textured dials that take inspiration from the colors of silk, along with an updated case and bracelet.
First are three new time-and-date models, each with a new textured and curved dial – Seiko says each color is inspired by the warm and natural colors and textures of the textiles traditionally used in Japan. The three dial colors are:

SPB463 “Shiro-iro,” an off-white that Seiko says is inspired by unbleached natural fabric;
SPB465 “Araigaki,” a bleached persimmon color;
SPB467 “Sumi-iro,” a greyish black that Seiko says was used in garments worn by monks.
All of the dials are textured and curved to complement the natural inspiration of the color choices. The indices also curve with the dial, as do the minute and seconds hands.
In addition to the new dial colors, the fit and feel of the case and bracelet have been updated. There’s a new seven-link bracelet designed to match the Presage’s dressed-up vibe. The stainless steel case measures 40.2mm in diameter and 13mm thick and has a double-domed sapphire crystal. While the dimensions are similar to previous Presage references, Seiko says the case has been reworked to create a thinner profile. In addition to the domed crystal, downward-sloping lugs should make for a more wearable watch.

Inside is the Seiko caliber 6R55, an automatic movement with a 72-hour power reserve. It’s the same movement that Seiko added to its updated divers. The three new Seiko Presage Classic Series references have a retail of $950 and will be available beginning in June.

In addition to these three references, Seiko also introduced two open-heart models, references SPB469 and SPB471. While they have the same case dimensions, they use the Seiko caliber 6R5J and will retail for $1,125.
Open-heart watches aren’t my thing, so I’ll focus on the three time-and-date releases. As is usually the case with Presage releases, the dials are the standouts for this release. The treatment looks soft and subtle, true to its natural inspiration. If you want a dress watch with a pretty dial for $1,000, the Seiko Presage lineup stands apart from much of the competition. Beyond that, I’ll be curious to see how the updated case and bracelet wear on the wrist. 40 x 13mm can wear big for a dress watch that’s mostly dial, but Seiko says the ergonomics have been refined for a slimmer, more elegant watch. And if the dimensions don’t hit your wrist quite right, there’s plenty of competition around this price point and even below. Some of the other technical specs, including 100 meters of water resistance and the updated 6R55 movement, are nice to have, but it’ll be up to potential Presage customers if this is worth the $950 price tag.