Meet Seiko Presage Sharp Edged Series
Meet Seiko Presage Sharp Edged Series
There is no denying that Seiko’s current selection is one of the strongest in its price range, despite the brand’s progressive march upmarket over the past few years dividing lovers of the brand. Seiko has been continuously delivering this year on almost every front, with a robust series of new releases from its entry-level 5 Sports series throughout 2020, a number of well-liked new Prospex diver designs, and exciting new advances for its higher-end Spring Drive models. Yet, the elegant Presage series has been one of Seiko’s lineup’s quietest areas thus far in 2020.
Although a few modestly well-received new Presage additions this year, the brand as a whole has not received the same kind of attention as some of its sportier counterparts. With its most recent release, Seiko dramatically addressed this with a new series that highlights the company’s expertise in case design, dial polishing, and movement work—all in a distinctively Japanese way.
One of the most comprehensive collections in the Presage line to date, the Seiko Presage Sharp Edged Series includes the Seiko Presage SPB167, Seiko Presage SPB165, Seiko Presage SPB169, and Seiko Presage SPB170, and is hoped to serve as a model for the company’s three-hand dress designs in the future.
The case design work for the Presage series has traditionally been a weak aspect, with most models having plain round cases with all-over polished finishing, despite the fact that case design and finishing has historically been a strength for the Seiko brand dating back to the early 1960s.
On the other hand, the Seiko Presage Sharp Edged Series’ stainless steel casing has a far more traditional Seiko feel to it thanks to design cues from a number of earlier models. While the overall case shape abandons the standard Presage formula of slab case sides and straight lugs in favor of something that feels more in keeping with the brand’s “Grammar of Design” era of the 1960s and 1970s, the 39.3mm case diameter is perfectly in step with contemporary trends.
With only an unprotected signature pillbox crown to break up the profile, the wedge-shaped angular lugs flow right into the case sides to form a continuous line that runs along the case sides from lug tip to lug tip. As the name implies, there is a sharp 90-degree angle where two flat planes meet.
On the underside, there is a sharp inward tuck into the caseback, which helps the design fit the wrist and makes the 11.1mm total thickness feel thinner. The case sides’ mirror shine seamlessly transitions from the lug tops’ broad, sporty brushing to them. Also finely polished is the slender, sloping bezel, which gives this shape a hint of light play from practically every aspect.
The bezel and lug curves, which evoke the Seiko Lord Marvel 5740 from the 1960s, are the most notable examples of how the overall form incorporates elements of multiple historic Seiko designs. The SPB170 model’s rose gold-tone plating gives this version of the watch a little extra personality. A sapphire display pane and a sporty 100 meters of water resistance are also present on the caseback.
When it comes to dial finishing, the Presage line has consistently outperformed the competition, and the Sharp Edged Series is no different.
The classic Asanoha, or hemp leaf pattern, a mainstay of Japanese art and design for more than a thousand years, is used in a three-dimensional variation on all four models of the Sharp Edged Series. A variety of dynamic light-catching surfaces result from this hexagonal design, whose execution resembles a Japanese twist on the traditional tapisserie pattern.
With an aggressively pointed lumed interpretation of the traditional dauphine style and applied indices that are radically faceted and finished with a mix of matte and polished surfaces, the handset maintains the “sharp” theme of the overall design. Even the date window’s surround has a variety of finishes, which makes this design feel much more coherent than most of its rivals in its price range.
Seiko is able to drastically alter the overall feel of the watch by experimenting with the dial color while maintaining a straightforward overall concept for the dial design. While the SPB165’s slightly iridescent white dial with its blued seconds hand would make for an intriguing alternative for those looking for the sense of the legendary Grand Seiko “Snowflake” on a budget, the SPB167’s metallic cobalt blue feels almost harsh in its crisp, frigid tones.
The faceted design and gold seconds hand on the SPB169’s rich lush green dial evoke jewel tones as much as plant life. Finally, a subdued whiskey brown complements the SPB170’s warm rose gold tones.
All four Presage Sharp Edged Series models are powered by Seiko’s proprietary 6R35 automatic movement. The 6R35, a relatively recent addition to Seiko’s collection of in-house movements, is modestly embellished with a striped rotor and beveled edges along the plates and bridges. It sits at the pinnacle of the company’s mainline products. This is reflected in the performance, which has a remarkable 70-hour power reserve at a 21,600 bph beat rate.
Seiko provides a three-link stainless steel bracelet with polished segments for the Presage Sharp Edged Series stainless steel models, which is akin to the bracelet on the Omega Speedmaster Professional.
It’s a handsome enough design on its own, giving a design that is mostly focused on dresses a dash of sporting character. Nonetheless, the company chooses a straightforward mahogany brown leather strap with a butterfly deployant clasp for the rose gold-tone plated SPB170.
It’s a timeless, adaptable style that goes well with the entire design and looks more like a part of the design than a bracelet. However, since aftermarket straps are inexpensive and widely available, it should be simple to locate a replacement that matches each owner’s preferences.
Seiko has made a remarkable advancement in expanding the Presage line with the Presage Sharp Edged Series, producing some of its most alluring contemporary goods in the process.
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