Seiko Galante FC Barcelona Limited Edition SBLL021

Seiko Galante FC Barcelona Limited Edition SBLL021

Today, we review a timepiece that is special in many ways.  First, Arizona Fine Time would like to proudly announce that we are officially the first authorized dealer in the United States for Seiko’s luxury brand that has never been sold on US soil before, Galante!  Galante was created in 2005, with incredibly unique and powerful designs that are fashion forward, as well as beautifully constructed and finished.  The brands name derives from the Italian term galante (or gallant in English) in reference to “a man who pays special attention to women”.  The brand is intended to essentially be a flirtatious conversation piece; sporty, elegant and strong.

Seiko Galante FC Barcelona Limited Edition SBLL021The sport concept of Galante is more so in reference to the sport of attracting the opposite sex.  For this Galante, however, the sport is futbol (aka soccer).  Seiko has now been a sponsor of FC Barcelona for about 2 years.  With this partnership, many have seen watches in the Sportura collection celebrating the fame of FCB.  As a very special limited edition, Seiko has made only 150 of this incredibly unique Galante as tribute to their partnership, only 3 of which came to the US market.  All 3 pieces are exclusively sold here at AZ Fine Time,  except for one, which found a new home with the owner of our store.

Seiko Galante FC Barcelona Limited Edition SBLL021The bold engraving of “FC BARCELONA” on the bezel symbolizes the power of the team as a whole.  FCB is one of the top 3 most valuable teams in soccer, has one of the largest followings of any sports team in the world, and has had some of the best players in the world, just to name a few things.  The dial replicates the FCB crest with the St. George cross on the upper left, which is cut out to expose the open heart beat of the watch, the Catalan flag on the upper right, FCB in the center, along with the steel soccer ball in the lower half.  The dial is done in a variety of metallic tones as opposed to colors in order to unify the steel look.  This represents the strength and pride of the team, essentially calling them “strong as steel”.  The dial is protected by sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, and the Seiko logo actually attached to the inside of the sapphire, casting its shadow on the dial.

Seiko Galante FC Barcelona Limited Edition SBLL021The 45mm wide by 14.4mm thick case design is impressive to say the least.   The case back is slightly curved in order to hug the wrist properly and makes up for its large size with comfort.  One of the most obvious attributes are its four cylinder shaped pillars at each lug.  While this characteristic applies tremendously to the design, it also serves purposes as these four pillars are what support the frame of the case.  You will also notice its faceted case sides.  The 23 square, zaratsu finished sides show a perfect mirror finish, that reflects light like a disco ball.  The significance of the 23 cuts is to symbolize the 23 wards that make up the Tokyo Metropolis, adding another special attribute.

Seiko Galante FC Barcelona Limited Edition SBLL021The strap is a black crocodile leather with dual push button 3 fold deployment clasp that has the special Galante crest visible when worn.  On the back of the strap is the quote “més que un club”, which means “more than a club”, describing the commitment of FCB and its fans.

Seiko Galante FC Barcelona Limited Edition SBLL021While the case back only exposes the small window of the watches heartbeat, just like on the dial, the case back is incredibly finished and bares the FCB crest.  The movement utilized is Seiko’s in-house manufactured 8L38 with a rate of 28,800 bph, 26 jewels and a power reserve of 50 hours.  The 8L38 is manufactured and hand assembled at the Shizuku-Ishi watch studio in Morioka, Japan.

Seiko Galante FC Barcelona Limited Edition SBLL021

Even the packaging that comes with this rare Galante is special.  The wood inner box is black with the FCB crest on top.  The inside colors are of the wood box are the home colors of FC Barcelona, while the outer box has their away colors in effect.

Seiko Galante FC Barcelona Limited Edition SBLL021The term “more than egoist” is used to describe the Galante brand.  With its bold, unique and intricate design, the sport of attraction is a part of Galante, but ultimately, the choice of watch is for yourself.  The MSRP Seiko Galante FC Barcelona Limited Edition is $5,800.  As always, if you have any questions please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996.  Check us out on AZFineTime.com to see more great and unique products from Seiko.

Grand Seiko Roadshow 2013 at AZ Fine Time

Don’t forget… The Grand Seiko Roadshow is coming back to AZ Fine Time!  See live feed on the homepage of AZFineTime.com the night of the event.  Master Spring Drive watchmaker Junya Kamijo will be back to build a Grand Seiko movement here in our retail store!  Free food, drinks, cigars, and even raffles for free watches that night.  Come on down to the store if in the area or check it out online while it happens!

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Seiko And Citizen Booth – Basel 2013

Well…  We’re here at the show and wanted to give you a sneak peak of all we have saw, prior to our meetings.  Trust me, there will be tons more!  But lets get it rolling…

Seiko has some very cool new things in their core collection…

Seiko 100th Anniversary 2013

Seiko 2013

Seiko 2013

But the new Astron GPS pieces look amazing!

The NEW Kintaro Hattori Limited Edition for 2013…

Seiko Astron Kintaro Hattori Limited Edition 2013

Seiko Astron Kintaro Hattori Limited Edition 2013

The new styles…

Seiko Astron SAST015

Seiko Astron SAST015

Seiko Astron 2013

Seiko Astron 2013

Seiko Astron 2013

Seiko Astron 2013

There’s a great new Blue Lacquer Limited Edition Ananta…

Ananta Automatic Chronograph Blue Lacquer Limited Edition

And what we’re all waiting for, the new Grand Seiko’s!

The 44GS remake models are incredibly impressive.  There will be manual wind 9S64 in steel, 18kt White, Yellow and Pink Gold.  There will also be 2 steel automatic models to choose from as well…

Grand Seiko 44GS Limited Edition

Grand Seiko 44GS Limited Edition White Gold

Grand Seiko 44GS Limited Edition Pink Gold

Grand Seiko 44GS Limited Edition Automatic

The new high accuracy quartz SBGX103 will be coming to the US!

Grand Seiko Quartz Limited Edition 20th Anniversary 9F SBGX103

There will be a few new styles added to the US line up…

Grand Seiko SBGE011

Grand Seiko SBGA083 SBGA085

Grand Seiko SBGC003

The 1st Galante to come to the US!  Won’t necessarily be everyone’s favorite, but still an incredible piece!

Seiko Galante FC Barcelona Limited Edition

And just because we saw it, the Credor Spring Drive Minute Repeater…

Credor Spring Drive Minute Repeater

As for Citizen’s amazing booth… We saw some very cool things like the Series 8 and the newer style Campanola.  Neither of which will probably come to the US…

Citizen Series 8

Campanola

Most importantly, they are bringing back the SATELLITE WAVE!!

Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave

Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave

Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave

And there is a very cool new Eco-Drive called the Altichron Cirrus, which has compass and altimeter…

Citizen Altichron Cirrus

Be sure to check back for the full report after our meetings.  And don’t forget to see all the pics below…