Seiko held an online press conference last week where it introduced new models and a refresh to the company’s various watch series. In the coming weeks, we will review some of these watches and series here in Watchgoro. We open this series of articles with an article about one of the company’s relatively new series that received a comprehensive refresh, just two years after its launch. Seiko Presage Sharp Edged 2022, welcome to join the guru.
Seiko Presage Sharp Edged 2022 – some background
As mentioned, Seiko’s Edge of the Presage series was launched about two years ago but has already managed to establish its place in the world of watches, thanks to a great combination of traditional mechanical watch manufacturing techniques with Seiko’s distinctive modern Japanese style. The watches in the series offer a delicate Japanese aesthetic, with angular designs and powerful transmitters for the watch bodies.
With the start of 2022, Seiko is launching five new watches in the series. Each of these watches introduces a new aspect of mechanical watch manufacturing at Seiko and offers a new perspective on Japanese culture. One clock is a GMT clock. Two more watches feature a new open-heart mechanism and two more feature a multi-dial panel, with a power reserve display, alongside a day and date display.
Like all the current watches in the Edge forage series, here we see watch panels with the Asanoha – the pattern of hemp leaves, which has been used in Japanese fabrics since the Heian period, over a thousand years ago. This pattern is gaining continued popularity thanks to the fact that the sangha plant is perceived in Japan as a symbol of health and vitality, thanks to its strong nature and its particularly rapid growth.
Limited Edition GMT Clock
The first clock in the series is as mentioned GMT time. The watch comes in a limited edition of 900 units. It will be available for purchase this coming July in Seiko boutiques and select retailers around the world.
The watch is characterized by a blue dial, which as you can imagine, as always with Seiko – do not just choose a shade. The shade of blue chosen is the shade of blue that Ukiyoe artists use to depict Mount Fuji in the summer. Seiko also uses the blue shade of the watch face for the ceramic base of the watch with the GMT display.
The watch comes with a highly readable dial, with a power reserve display integrated between 9am and 10am on the dial. Inside the clock we find the Caliber 6R64, a GMT mechanism that operates at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour, with a power reserve of 45 hours. The watch will come in a body made of stainless steel with a diameter of 42.2 mm and a thickness of 13.7 mm. Its price tag stands at 1,540 euros.
New watch body
The other four watches in the Edged 2022 series come with a new watch body. The new watch body maintains the powerful and angular look of the familiar watch body in the series, adding an element of sleek finish between the top surface and sides of the watch. This addition gives a new spark to the series’ watches. In addition, Seiko slightly reduces the body of the watch, which gives it a more elegant look.
Seiko Presage Sharp Edged 2022 – Open Heart Watch
Two of the new watches in the Sada will come with the Caliber 6R38, a new mechanism in the 6R series that exposes the watch wearers to the escape mechanism, through an opening at 9 o’clock in the dial. The mechanism, which operates at a rate of 21,600 vibrations per hour, provides a power reserve of 70 hours.
The two new watches come in the body as stated in the body of the new watch. Its diameter is 40.2 mm and it is 11.8 mm thick. The body of the watch is of course made of stainless steel.
Here, too, Seiko chooses two shades with meaning to the dials. One shade is the Shironeri (Shironeri) – the white shade of silk that has not been bleached. The second shade is the Aisumi – the indigo blue shade.
The price tag of these watches stands at 1,000 euros.
Two watches with multi-handed display
The other two watches in the series are watches with a multi-handed display. That is, instead of displaying a day and date using a rotating wheel, Seiko combines a dial on the clock and a dial that indicates the day (at 3) and the date (at 6). Another dial on the left side of the clock panel shows the mechanism’s power reserve gauge.
Seiko incorporates its 6R21 caliber in these watches. A mechanism that operates at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour and provides a power reserve of 45 hours. These watches will also come with the new Seiko watch body for the series’ watches. Their price tag stands at 1,100 euros.
Here, too, Seiko uses colors with meaning – the color white is called Geppaku, when it represents the white of the full moon. The color black is called – Kuritobi, the color of the Japanese black kite.