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When it comes to manufacturing fine timepieces, the brand that stands out for its accomplishment in fine watchmaking is none other than the highly acclaimed Japanese watch manufacturer Seiko, a name renowned by watch aficionados worldwide for their craft in producing exceptional watches that bring remarkable value.
|Seiko Presage Automatic Ladies Craftsmanship Enamel Blue - Ltd Ed 1000pcs Ref. SRRX004 / SPB236|
It is no surprise that watches for ladies are greatly overshadowed by the plethora of men's watches in the market. Fortunately, Seiko initially filled this void with their Exceline collection, consisting of elegant timepieces that cater to ladies. Although the most noteworthy characteristic of the Exceline range is its high-accuracy quartz movements, never before did the brand offer its mechanical prowess for them ladies. Not until now. Long renowned for its Japanese mechanical sensibility, the Presage collection introduces a new series of enamel dial creations - known as the Craftsmanship line - especially for women. Combining the enduring, traditional Japanese craftsmanship and the lasting quality Seiko is famous for in tandem with a modern design, these creations reveal Presage's new, confident and feminine side.
The Seiko Ladies Craftmanship Enamel Blue Ref. SRRX004 flaunts a simple time-only layout that embodies the minimalist look of a proper dress watch. With its full gold-tone case, its construction presents smooth lines with a gentle curve on the lugs for a pleasing and sophisticated design. The delicate dimensions complement this piece's dressy nature with a case diameter of 34.3mm, a lug to lug distance of 42.5mm, and a slim 12.1mm in height. On top of that, the case is treated with Seiko's proprietary DiaShield hard coating, allowing the piece to continue looking pristine over time with solid resistance to scratches.
|Seiko 6R31 automatic caliber|
One of the main attributes that genuinely takes the Seiko Ladies Presage model to another level is its incredible case execution. Like the rest of its Presage brethren, the elegant profile of the watch perfectly expresses the virtue of a traditional dress watch that's svelte enough on a lady's wrist with great wrist presence. At the 3 o'clock position, the delicately sized crown is set with a diamond whose sparkle contrasts with the shimmering enamel dial that we will get into later. Matching the dressy case, the watch comes with a ritzy dark blue crocodile leather strap that clads a three-fold clasp, using the conventional push-button release. The case gets multiple finishings, alternating with satin and mirror polishings that any watch enthusiast (even women) can appreciate and enjoy.
Let's take a closer look at the star of the show. It is a mesmerizing dial made out of enamel material. The prevalence of art and practices of enameling has been customary in the heart of Switzerland since the 17th century. Geneva's timepieces have been highly sought after with different Grand Feu (where enameling is called there) style paintings and portraits on their dials. However, most of these unique enamel timepieces are tagged with a high price for consumers, but not anymore.
|Enamel dial with gold tone case|
Seiko brings this concept by no means a random consideration. It is based on the watch that brings us today's Presage line, the 1913 Seiko Laurel, the first wristwatch with a white enamel dial. The dial featured here is a mesmerising blue enamel dial, giving the SRRX004 a lustrous and a contemparory look. Made with the utmost sophisticated crafts by Seiko, the enamel dial bestow a subtle texture that has both warmth and a soft sheen, which is a hallmark of the finest. What sets this limited edition apart from the others got to be its unique dial work. One can easily spend hours looking at the watch to admire the intricate details that Seiko has put into this excellent dress watch, withstanding the very close scrutiny and passing with flying colors.
Decorated with a delicate crescent moon shape cut that flows from twelve to eight o’clock. The Roman numerals that fall inside this crescent, they are picked out in white tone, giving the watch an ever-changing aspect and echoing the mystery of the moon. Whereas the outer dial’s indexes are painted in matching gold hues in tandem with the case and seconds hand. The outline of the crescent shape and the indexes are in fact, printed nine times or more to give the dial its sense of depth. The crescent shaped tip of the seconds hand completes the evocation of the sky on a clear winter’s evening. One can admire and read the time effortlessly through a dual-curved sapphire crystal, accentuating its robust quality built.
|Screw-down case-back decorated with its 1000pcs limited edition serial number.|
The Seiko Presage Automatic Ladies Craftsmanship Enamel uses the robust 24-jewel 6R31 automatic caliber, with a whopping power reserve of 70 hours and accuracy of -15 to +25 seconds. Sealed with a screw-down case-back that’s been decorated with its 1000 pieces limited edition serial number.
For the first time, Seiko incorporated their strong watchmaking capabilities and an incredibly exquisite design to produce a charming dress watch for the discerning lady within the Presage collection. The new Craftsmanship Ladies watch a beauty that endures the spirit of Seiko's watchmaking. The Seiko spared no expense in many aspects of the watch, from the intricate dial to the 70 hours power reserve movement. Like many other Seiko timepieces, the SRRX004 gets the meticulous care of the watchmaker and is evident in every detail. This is another beautiful offering that packs serious value for the price. This would be a piece that brings your outfit to the next level; embrace the elegance with the Seiko Presage Automatic Ladies Craftsmanship Enamel Blue Ref. SRRX004.