Seiko extends its Presage assortment with two new restricted releases roused by the Japanese vivified film Porco Rosso. With carefully assembled veneer dials and references to Porco Rosso’s vintage red seaplane, the white dial Presage model (SNR047) is driven by hyper-accuracy Spring Drive innovation while the dark dial (SRQ033) is controlled by a programmed segment wheel chronograph. Both are restricted releases and will be accessible from June 2020. Authorities of manga memorabilia and aficionados of Porco Rosso who appreciate fine Japanese craftsmanship and phenomenal mechanics are in for a treat.
Porco Rosso meets Presage
Manga comics are viewed as an indispensable piece of contemporary Japanese culture and oblige each age gathering, from little youngsters to grown-ups. Porco Rosso (crimson pig) began as a manga arrangement painted in watercolors by Hayao Miyazaki before it was made into an enlivened experience film for grown-ups in 1992 by Studio Ghibli. Porco Rosso is the narrative of a 1930s military pilot: the peculiarity is that the pilot is a pig with a handlebar mustache. A previous WWI contender expert, Porco Rosso fills in as an abundance tracker pursuing airborne privateers over the Adriatic Sea on board his splendid red Savoia S-21 seaplane.
Seiko’s Presage assortment was a very much maintained Japanese mystery until it was imparted to the remainder of the world in 2016. With its triumphant equation of customary Japanese craftsmanship, strong mechanical innovation and phenomenal costs, the Presage assortment is acquiring adepts around the globe. Cycles have highlighted conventional Japanese handcrafts like Shippo finish and Arita porcelain and even a staggering Urushi polish dial . Today, the Presage assortment welcomes two new watches, the Seiko Presage “Studio Ghibli Porco Rosso” SNR047 & SRQ033 with high quality finish dials and references to the celebrated Japanese full length film featuring a flying pig and his 1920s seaplane.
Spring Drive SNR047
The white dial of this Presage SNR047 model is propelled by the instrument board of Porco’s Savoia S-21 with clear dark Arabic numerals, striking hands and nitty gritty markers. The huge numerals demonstrating 1-12 are complemented by more modest numerals from 13-24 and an external seconds track. A date window at 3 o’clock and a green force hold pointer somewhere in the range of 8 and 9 o’clock alongside the brilliant red focal seconds hand complete the signs on the dial. The shield and red letter ‘R’ that show up on the rudder of Porco’s seaplane are put simply over 6 o’clock.
The high quality polish dial by ace expert Mitsuru Yokosawa gives the watch an old-world feel with regards to Porco’s 1920s plane. The finish dials are an accolade for Riki Watanabe, with whom Seiko had teamed up in a few undertakings before and who died in 2013. To make these watches, Seiko worked with a long-lasting associate and companion of Watanabe’s, Mitsuru Yokosawa, to whom he had endowed the plan bearing of his work. The common blemishes and slight sorrows in the lacquer, simply under the hands, around the date window and marking the curve of the force save marker, bear the hands of their producer adding warmth and uniqueness to the watch.
The 40mm tempered steel case has a super-hard covering, is water-impervious to 100m and has a sapphire gem caseback to see the programmed Spring Drive 5R65 type. A year ago, Spring Drive innovation was joined into the Presage family, a mixture innovation that combines the excellence of a mechanical development and its never-ending movement, on account of a programmed twisting framework, with the exactness and dependability of a quartz controller – with a precision of ±1 second out of each day or ±15 seconds of the month. The rotor has been modified and includes Porco Rosso’s head in the middle alongside an etching of a statement from the film: “un maiale che non vola è solo un maiale” (a pig that doesn’t fly is only a pig) and the numbered version xxx/500. This Presage model comes with a splendid red crocodile lash with red, green and white sewing and an extra dark crocodile tie with a three-crease clasp.
Quick facts: 40mm measurement x 13.1mm thickness – treated steel with super-hard covering – high quality white veneer dial – programmed Spring Drive type 5R65 – 72h force hold – exactness +/ – 1 second p/day – ref. SNR047 – red and dark crocodile lash – restricted version of 500 – EUR 5,800
Closer in soul to a vintage pilot’s watch with its striking dark finish dial, white markings and cylinder pushers, this Presage tri-compax programmed chronograph SRQ033 would not have looked wrong on Porco Rosso’s wrist. By and by, the handmade lacquer dial is a masterpiece with delicate spaces on the sub-counters, date window and underneath the hands. The huge white Arabic numerals and rectangular markers at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock and the triangle at 12 o’clock contrast the dull foundation. There is likewise a telemeter scale on the fringe of the dial and a splendid red focal hand for the chronograph capacities. The little seconds counter at 3 o’clock has been altered with the shades of the Italian banner and the ‘R’ and shield on the rudder of Porco Rosso’s plane.
With a somewhat bigger case size of 42mm and 14.9mm stature, the chronograph additionally comes in a steel case with a super-hard covering. The two models are engraved with the name of Porco Rosso’s plane on the situation and the crown has an enormous ‘R’.
The programmed chronograph is controlled by Seiko’s most developed chronograph type, 8R48, which estimates slipped by time as long as 12 hours and has a force hold of 45 hours. Notwithstanding a vertical grasp and a section wheel, it consolidates Seiko’s extraordinary three-pointed mallet and a heart-formed cam, which guarantee the ideal and moment synchronization of the hands when the chronograph is reset.
Quick facts: 42mm breadth x 14.9mm thickness – tempered steel with super-hard covering – carefully assembled dark lacquer dial – programmed chronograph type 8R48 with section haggle grasp – 28,800vph – 45h force hold – ref. SRQ033 – red and dark crocodile tie – restricted version 600 pieces – EUR 4,100
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