SEIKO PRESAGE SHIPPO ENAMEL LIMITED EDITION
Introduced only two years ago, the Seiko Presage has swiftly garnered a strong cult following thanks to its clear respect for Japanese traditional craftsmanship and a commitment to high-quality mechanical horology. This year the Japanese manufacture has presented an exquisite selection of new limited-edition models made with a novel technique called Shippo enamelling.
Developed in Japan in the 17th century, it differs from porcelain enamel in that it needs to be polished after the firing stage—a process not unlike grand feu enamel. The watches in Seiko’s Presage Shippo Enamel Limited Edition are made by Ando Cloisonne, a specialist manufacture in Nagoya with over 100 years of history. To comply with Seiko’s ecological and safety standards, only lead-free enamels were used on the dials.
Two variations have been made: a three-hand with analogue calendar and power reserve indication, and a threehand with date. Both have a rich ocean blue enamel dial applied directly above a scalloped guilloche surface yielding a final finish that’s very much like flinque enamel. Finding inspiration in the ocean that surrounds the whole of Japan, the elegant guilloche engraving echoes the continuous motion of the ocean, which has influenced countless aspects of Japanese life and yet isolated the nation from its neighbours. Seiko will only produce 2,500 examples of each model.