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Back in 2010, a Seiko mechanical watch inspired by the glamour of the cocktail bar and designed especially for the Japanese market started to attract attention on the world's watch blogs, forums, and websites. In the months and years that followed, the watch became famous, and it has come to be coveted by Seiko fans all over the world. Today, we offer a series in our all-mechanical Presage collection that is based on this watch. In doing so, we bow delightedly to the wishes of Seiko enthusiasts, and we raise our grateful cocktail glasses to them all.
|Seiko Presage Automatic Cocktail Power Reserve "Black Cat Martini" Ref. SARY135 / SSA393J1|
The new Presage Cocktail Time models just released this year is part of the Presage collection, which was launched by Seiko in 2016. Riding on the successful launch of the limited edition "Starlight" duos (SARY085/087), that features a fantastic night-sky blue dial and the flowery cream white versions dubbed "Sakura Hubuki" based on International Bar Association World Champion, bartender Hisashi Kishi's cocktails. Those followed by the 2018 limited edition cocktail, the SARY105, and SARY103, aka the "Fuyugeshiki collection."
Moving forward, Seiko introduced a new Power Reserve Cocktail to the line.
The Presage Automatic Cocktail Power Reserve "Black Cat Martini" Ref. SARY135/SSA393J1 measures 40.5mm in diameter and 14.4mm in height, making it an excellent choice for watch enthusiasts who are looking for an elegant timepiece. Further, this violet cocktail features an old-school box hardlex crystal on the front side, adding a charming vintage touch from the past.
|Violet tone based on the signature cocktail|
The Presage Automatic Cocktail Power Reserve "Black Cat Martini" Ref. SARY135/SSA393J1 shares the same style as previous models, with main changes to the dial. As the name suggests, is based on an all-time classic dark black vodka-based cocktail; formulated with a deep violet color that creates a sharp and robust flavor. It has an uncanning resemblance to the Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 GMT L.E Ref. SBGJ021's "Violet tone" dial texture, refined and subtle. What is unique about the SARY135/SSA393J1 is the pointer date subdial at 6 o'clock, deep-set into the dial with circular graining gives the already very dimensional dial a sense of depth. Another impressive design is the power reserve indicator that spans from 12 to 4 o'clock. Although it might sound like a lot is going on in the dial, it never looks too busy or tired. Instead, it seems expensive and uplifting; the multifaceted applied index probably has a role to play.
The applied hour markers are inspired by the stem of a cocktail glass and set out to be high contrast with the beautiful white textured dial. Further, the hours and minutes hands are also in faceted lance-shaped, synonymous with the rest of the Presage collection.
|Sub-date and power reserve complications|
It is powered by Seiko's caliber 4R57. The 4R57 operates at 21,600 BPH (3 Hertz) with hacking and hand winding capabilities. It has 29 jewels with a power reserve of approximately 41 hours through a Spron 110 mainspring.
For a nice finishing touch, the watch comes fitted with an elegant alligator leather strap, featuring a deployment clasp with push-button release. The Seiko Cocktail Time also has a signed crown and water-resistant to 50 meters.
|JDM Seiko Calibre, 4R57, Display Back|
Overall, if you are looking for an everyday watch inspired by a classic cocktail colorway, with more than three hands and a little "complication" to play with that will not break the bank and enjoys fine finishing, the Presage Automatic Cocktail Power Reserve "Black Cat Martini" Ref. SARY135/SSA393J1 is undoubtedly worth considering. The Cocktail Time undoubtedly an excellent refresh to the Presage Cocktail collection, inspired by Japanese unique domestic cocktail and its winter scenery. If you are in the market for a Presage cocktail and on the fence for some time thinking of which Presage to purchase, this is probably the model you will be looking for. It's unique dial undoubtedly makes this ultra collectible.