BASELWORLD 2016 – NEW SEIKO PRESAGE

BASELWORLD 2016 – NEW SEIKO PRESAGE

Seiko made its first watch in 1913 and has been on a roll ever since. In 1956 they made their first automatic watch and introduced their proprietary shock resistant system called Diashock in 1958. Their next technological innovation was in 1959 when they invented the magic lever spring winding mechanism and was followed in 1964 by the in-house production of balance springs with their own specially created alloy. In 1967, Seiko manufactured Japan’s first hi-beat caliber and in 1969 they created the world’s first automatic chronograph with vertical clutch and column wheel systems.

Seiko Presage SRQ019, SRQ021

For over a century, Seiko has been pushing the technological envelope of it’s purely mechanical watchmaking skills. Today, they have taken the wraps off a new global collection of purely mechanical powered timepieces dubbed Presage.

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Grand Seiko Spring Drive SBGA083

Grand Seiko Spring Drive SBGA083Grand Seiko has slowly been increasing their quantities of available models for the US market.  Originally expected as a Japanese Market only models, a new 39mm wide Spring Drive appeared on the availability list, making not only for the smallest case size for Spring Drive in GS, but also one of the best price points.  Today, we review the SBGA083 with beautiful champagne colored dial.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive SBGA083The champagne dial is the most elaborate to manufacture in the GS line up.  The subtle characteristics of this dial take 12 steps to manufacture, starting with the base metal plate.   The plate is then cut, smoothed, and mirror polished.  After those steps are complete, a thick silver plating is applied.  The special sun ray finish labeled as “F-17” is then executed, followed by a light color gold plating and clear coating.  After the clear coat, the dial is then polished again, then cut for the date, and finally another mirror polish is applied.  From there, the print is done for text, seconds and power reserve display in both black and clue colors, followed by applying the indexes.  As you can see, a lot of work goes into the dial, it has a beautiful spectrum of color ranging from silver to gold, and its beauty can only be justified in person.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive SBGA083Hands and indexes are a vital part of what make Grand Seiko ultimately legible.  The Zaratsu Katana blade finish is applied to all of the hour indexes, as well as the hands.  The indexes are diamond cut on multiple surfaces in order to reflect light, even in low light conditions. The hands are brought to razor sharp edges, meticulously diamond cut at 5 angles to also guarantee legibility in low light.  A dual curved anti-reflective coated sapphire crystal is manufactured in-house, to show no distortion, even when looking at low levels.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive SBGA083Another outstanding trait of GS is the finishing on the case and bracelet.  The Zaratsu finish is trusted in only a very few craftsmen, and brings each Grand Seiko case to a gorgeous mirror finish that shows no distortion.  The curved surface of the case goes through this hand polishing technique and is extended to the lug of the case smoothly, again, showing no distortion.  The case dimensions on the stainless steel SBGA083 is 39mm wide, 12.3mm thick and weighs in at 148g.  The bracelet is actually their 3 piece satin finished oyster type bracelet, with screw caps on each side of the links, and a free floating pin in between.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive SBGA083The movement used is the immaculate 9R65 self-winding Spring Drive caliber.  Hand made and manufactured in-house at Shinshu watch studios in Japan, the 9R65 has the amazing accuracy rating of +/- 15 seconds a month.  Spring Drive is solely powered by a mainspring, but unlike most mechanical watches, uses a unique Tri-Synchro Regulator system as opposed to a tradition escapement.  The mainsprings power is converted to electricity powering a quartz oscillator, integrated circuit, and electro-magnetic brake in order to control the unwinding of the mainspring with quartz like accuracy and a smooth gliding second hand unlike any other in the industry.  All components for this movement are made in-house including the IC, electro-magnetic brake, alloys for the mainspring.  Even the quartz crystals are grown in-house!

Grand Seiko Spring Drive SBGA083The MSRP on the Grand Seiko Spring Drive SBGA083 is $4,750, which is currently the least expensive option in GS for a Spring Drive model in their current production.  This model (along with its black dial counter part SBGA085) also have a closed case back, which is something not before seen in the US line up.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive SBGA083  As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996 with any questions or submit an inquiry through AZFineTime.com.

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Mido Multifort Power Reserve PVD M005.424.36.052.22

Mido Multifort Power Reserve PVD M005.424.36.052.22

After being debuted at the Basel Fair of March 2012,  the new Mido Multifort Power Reserve PVD M005.424.36.052.22 has finally delivered from Switzerland and is another great addition to the Multifort line up.  With the tremendous success of the Mido Multifort Special Edition PVD, Mido decided to introduce a new variation with a new movement, and entirely different look.

Mido Multifort Power Reserve PVD M005.424.36.052.22

This latest rendition of Multifort is a similar dial deign to the M005.430.11.052.00 (which was released last year), yet has a PVD coating, an XL black leather strap with red stitching, and the obvious power reserve indicator at the 7 o’clock.  The PVD case is 42mm wide and 10.6mm thick, making for a nice mid plus sized piece.  The center dial and chapter ring are a matte black while there is a brushed steel (almost gunmetal in color) ring that has recessed index markers.  Under those indexes are Arabic numerals which really contribute to its uncommon design.  Protecting its unique dial is an anti-reflective sapphire crystal.

Mido Multifort Power Reserve PVD M005.424.36.052.22

The black leather croco-calf  strap is really nicely done in a semi-gloss with red stitching that gives it a sporty look.  The strap has a pull apart deployment clasp that is also coated in PVD and bears the Mido logo.  It’s amazing how something as small as the stitching on a band can really effect the character of a watch, and on this piece, it makes for a great compliment to an already impressive piece.

Mido Multifort Power Reserve PVD M005.424.36.052.22

The movement is an ETA 2897, highly decorated and beautifully done with Geneva striping, perlage and blue screws.  The finishing that Mido has for the money is incredible and by far a huge value compared to anything similar.  The ETA 2897 is a workhorse movement that has 21 jewels, 28,800 bph, and shows hours minutes and seconds with date and power reserve display.  I can easily say that any 2890 variation movement is great to have and can be found in a wide variety of watches that are a much higher price point.  Luckily, Mido keeps them very reasonable.

Mido Multifort Power Reserve PVD M005.424.36.052.22

The retail price on the Mido Multifort Power Reserve PVD M005.424.36.052.22 is $1,690.  This is practically unheard of for any 2897.  Mido is a true value brand that is hard to beat and we are proud to have them here at AZ Fine Time.

Mido Multifort Power Reserve PVD M005.424.36.052.22

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996.

Mido Multifort Power Reserve PVD M005.424.36.052.22

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