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The Seiko Presage Sharp Edged Open-Heart Aitetsu Blue Ref. SARJ003 is the latest from the house of Seiko in 2023 that brings a new caliber into its stable. This new 3-days power reserve Presage follows the SARX055's elegance with an all-rounder built, debuted since Baselworld 2017. The Presage Sharp Edged has been one of the most anticipated Presage models from Seiko. It showcases Seiko's expertise with an excellent design and effort of refinement of its watch inside-out. All that even with a reasonable price tag. Effortlessly, some of the Seiko enthusiasts might coin the new Sharp Edged Blue a baby Grand Seiko, due to it's high-level of finishing to the case and bracelet plus its brazen dial finishing. Consequently, this is probably still the closest you can get to a mechanical GS without paying a premium.
|Seiko Presage Automatic Sharp Edged Open-Heart Aitetsu Blue Ref. SARJ003
|Sporting an all-new Egyptian blue textured dial with open heart
A sporty-yet-elegant styled mechanical watch can be worn on any occasion and feel proud of it, especially for it's an uncanny resemblance to its pedigree "Grand Seiko" cousins. Part of the Presage lineup of dress watches means that this is a solid step above the Spirit collection(SARB033) in terms of built and finishing. The SARJ003 is fitted in a modest 40.2mm case with a slim profile of 13.5mm, along a lug to lug distance of 47.4mm. The case continues to hold Seiko’s proprietary “super-hard” treatment onto the whole case for greater scratch resistant. Unlike the titanium case and bracelet of the SARX055, the new Sharp Edged is built-in stainless steel material that feels much substantial on the wrist with a well-balanced size for everyday wearing.
In reflecting its moniker, the case shape re-defines Seiko's classic appeal with a much "sharper" look. Chiefly the wedge-shaped angular lugs that bend at an almost 90-degree angle, giving the SARJ003 much-refined looks. The sharp, yet flat case lines flow seamlessly into the case sides, with a prominent bend inward towards the case-back, in which it helps to keep the perfect proportion as an everyday watch for most wrists. Besides, the case gets a high-level polishing, with a satin-finished surface and mirror-finished polish on both the case sides and bezel. Since there are not bevelings on the watch, the satin-brushed top transits instantaneously to the polished sides with precision. In this manner, Seiko has, in fact, relive its 60s grammar-of-designs - whereby only to incorporate flat lines to shine and sparkle from every angle, that are found the early King Seikos and Grand Seikos; with the elimination of any bevels on the sides to reflect a cleaner look, in which shows off the brand's impeccable multi-finishings.
Intricate finishing on the multi faceted case and bracelet
Sporting an all-new Egyptian blue textured dial, Seiko incorporates yet another dial patterns that reflects the Japanese tradition. The Presage Sharp Edged punches above its weight, blowing other contemporaries out of the sea once again. This round, Seiko uses a 3D hemp leaf pattern, which is also known as Japan's traditional Asanoha. It is a motif found within Japanese culture and applications, in particularly fabrics, that symbolises prosperity and health. This hexagonal pattern, in fact, reflects its Swiss counterpart's "tapisserie" patterned dial works, creating a nice fluid look. With the creative printed patterns, the Presage Sharp Edged incorporates a dial that dances effortlessly with the surrounding lights, even more, due to the irregular surfaces. That said, the unique blue dial manages to balance the playfulness just a bit, in the effort to harmonize both a certain elegance with the right amount of flair.
Whats new here got to be its open-heart display at 9o’clock with a beautiful motif, only to be overlapped slightly by its 24-hours display sub-dial located at 6 o’clock. The markers on the blue sub-didl are raised while the 24-hour markings sit within gracefully.
|Seiko's LumiBrite at its best|
For the handset, Seiko emphasized the "sharp edging" ethos by establishing a set of broad dauphine hands. What's unique here is that the handset is then done in both matte and polished finishing on each hand, accentuating the refined look with more excellent legibility. And in rare circumstances on its more elegant Presage collection, Seiko has imbued its Lumibrite on both sharp-edged hands and its applied hour markers for better night readability, which is a welcoming touch. The rest of the faceted markers and date frames continue the Presage line spirit that resemble its premium GS brethren.
This remarkable timepiece comes on a multi-finished stainless steel bracelet that extends seamlessly from its case made from the same material, allowing it to form a single perfect timepiece that ensures comfortable wear while withstanding the harshest conditions. The “super-hard” treated bracelet gets a satin-brushed top surface in GS style, with double polished middle sections and sides. This metal bracelet is then fitted with a Seiko-signed deployant clasp.
|6R5J automatic movement|
Staying true to the Presage collection's classic style, the Presage Sharp Edged Open-Heart Aitetsu Blue subtly showcases Seiko prowess in both design and watchmaking. It refreshes the Presage collection with much-needed refinement and looks while staying true to Seiko's design grammar. From the open heart part at 9 o'clock, you can enjoy the mechanical movement ticking through the hemp leaf motif that matches the design of the dial. The multi-layered dial and gradation colors combine to create a high-quality feel. An impeccable companion for any occasion, this timepiece charms you with the satisfyingly crisp design that graces it with an all-new attractive look.