This year will bring forth more of Seiko’s bold and intriguing luxury brand, Galante. As there was only one sample to be seen at this years Baselworld Fair, we did get a sneak peak of 2 other very interesting items to be released in 2014.
The 1st model to actually be seen in person is the SBLA081 “Snow Leopard” Limited Edition. This model will be the 1st to come to the USA using the 5R86 Spring Drive Chronograph GMT movement. The dial features black roman numerals from 6:00 to 12:00 with white roman numerals atop a mother of pearl. You will also notice the 8:00 index is 4 diamonds as opposed to the roman numeral. The design element theme is very fashionable as Galante is intended to be. The strap is a white crocodile leather with a bluish grey tint surrounding the scales, which is a nice touch.
There is a glittery granite texture to the chronographs hour minute and central seconds hand, which seems subtle in person, but ads that extra bit of flare that makes it Galante. The case sides are also ornately designed with what is called a coin edge V shaped cut. This model will be limited to 100 pieces for the world and will become available at AZ Fine Time this fall.
The next on the list of new Galante’s coming this year is the mechanical automatic SBLL023 labeled the “Glitter” for obvious reasons. This piece is made for the “Galantist” who goes out to the night scene such as night clubs, parties, and glamorous events. The new “Glitter” symbolizes the exciting night life. Trendy and fashion forward, the Glitter model will have Swarovski crystals to make the large “G” on the dial. Black and white diamonds are also accented on the dial and lugs to give the extravagant feel. The case sides of this piece will have 23 facets, symbolizing the 23 wards of Tokyo, and will be completely finished in Zaratsu polishing. The Glitter can easily be a chic men’s pieces, or a fashionably large women’s piece. This will also be limited to 100 pieces for the world.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for an exclusive peak at another Galante coming soon!