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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.

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