In the world of horology, Seiko has always been a beacon of precision, artistry, and innovation. And in 2020, they unveiled a masterpiece that would leave an indelible mark on watch enthusiasts worldwide—the Seiko Presage Sharp Edged Series. This collection quickly made a name for itself, thanks to its striking angular silhouette, distinctive dial patterns, and hands and indexes that not only catch the light but also enhance legibility. It’s a true embodiment of Japanese craftsmanship fused with cutting-edge mechanical watchmaking. And now, in a new chapter of this saga, Seiko introduces a three-day automatic movement and a fresh design to further elevate the Sharp Edged Series.
At the heart of this horological marvel lies the new 6R series movement, featuring the remarkable Caliber 6R5J. This latest addition to the series boasts an extended power reserve of three days when fully wound, setting a new standard for reliability and endurance. Operating at a graceful 21,600 vibrations per hour, this automatic movement offers precise indications for the hour, minute, and seconds. What sets it apart is the sub-dial for 24-hour indication at the 6 o’clock position, providing a practical touch to the timepiece’s elegance.
But what truly captivates the beholder is the eye-catching cutout at the 9 o’clock position, revealing the signature asanoha, or “hemp-leaf” pattern—a hallmark of Japanese artistry. This exquisite feature not only matches the pattern on the dial surface but also allows aficionados to peer into the intricate escapement, providing a glimpse of the watch’s beating heart. To celebrate the enhanced 72-hour power reserve, each watch’s dial proudly bears the inscription “Automatic 3 Days.” And, for those who revel in the beauty of movement, the full splendour of the Caliber 6R5J, complete with its resplendent gold-coloured oscillating weight, awaits through an exhibition case back.
The enhancements extend beyond the movement to the very essence of the watch. The Sharp Edged Series now features a dual-curved sapphire crystal, making its debut appearance. This addition not only enhances legibility but also imparts a slender, graceful appearance to the timepieces on the wrist. The dials, thanks to this crystal, appear closer and more vivid, allowing every detail to shine.
Each watch in the Sharp Edged Series bears the asanoha pattern on its dial—a motif rooted in Japanese textiles for over a millennium, symbolising growth and success. These three-dimensional dials come to life through intricate stamping, colour gradation, and lap coating on the top layer, creating a rich, tactile texture. Adding to the charm, each dial is imbued with a traditional Japanese colour. The light variant, known as shironeri, evokes the purity of unbleached white silk, while the dark dial, named aitetsu, exudes the depth of indigo iron.
The hour markers and seconds hand have undergone a design transformation of their own. Sharper and more pointed, the markers elegantly converge toward the center of the dial, exuding precision and sophistication. The seconds hand, gracefully curved toward the markers, now boasts a more pronounced and angular counterweight, culminating in a distinctive spiked tail. These design refinements seamlessly harmonise with the enchanting asanoha pattern, elevating the overall aesthetic.
The Seiko Presage Sharp Edged Series is more than a collection of watches; it’s a testament to craftsmanship, innovation, and timeless elegance. With its new three-day automatic movement and refined design, it continues to push the boundaries of what a timepiece can be. Whether you’re a seasoned watch aficionado or an admirer of artistry, these watches beckon you to embrace the union of tradition and innovation, where time is not just measured but celebrated in style.