Seiko Presage Shippo Enamel Limited Edition (ref. SPB073 & SPB075)

By rolex
June 14, 2021
4 min read

A very much stayed discreet, Seiko’s Presage assortment was not imparted to the remainder of the world until 2016. With its triumphant recipe of customary Japanese craftsmanship, tough mechanical innovation and a brilliant value, the Presage assortment is unrealistic. The new Presage Shippo Enamel models, with their eye-getting blue dials, entice from the outset sight and are evidence positive that you don’t need to dish out a fortune for a delightfully hand tailored Grand Feu enamel dial. Two mechanical references, one with a date work and the second with a schedule and force hold marker, stand apart from the horde of pervasive blue dials flooding the market with their wonderful hand tailored Shippo enamel dials.

Masters of Shippo Enamel

Just before we investigate the watches, a short word about Shippo enameling is all together. Geneva’s dominating part in the specialty of enameling is grounded, and many watch purchasers are glad to pay a premium for a Grand Feu enamel dial realizing that the gloss and force of its tones won’t blur over the course of the years – all in all, this implies a base cost of EUR 8,000 ( for such a watch ). In the place where there is the rising sun, the craft of enameling was presented in the 17th century and was given the name Shippo, concerning the Seven Treasures referenced in the Buddhist writings. Such was the expertise of the Japanese enamellers in reproducing the energetic shades of the gemstones and valuable metals addressing the Seven Treasures, that the name Shippo stuck.

The Pursuit of Perfection

A Japanese minister of the greatest request, with regards to joining customary distinctive abilities at Seiko, just the absolute best will do. The lovely blue enamel dial with its undulating guilloché design has been created extraordinarily for Seiko by Ando Cloisonne, one of only a handful few customary enamel companies left in Japan and an expert maker in Nagoya since 1880. Expert specialist Wataru Totani administers the whole cycle and paints the without lead coat by hand on the outside of the dial, which is then terminated at 800ºC.

The measure is rehashed again and again until an even surface and the ideal shading immersion are accomplished. After the terminating cycle, the slender 1mm circle is cleaned until it meets the expert’s endorsement. The specific shade of blue picked for the dial of these Presage Shippo models was roused by the shade of the ocean around Hiroshima and the engraved scalloped example radiating from the focal point of the dial brings out the nonstop movement of the waves, an intermittent topic in Japanese art.

The 3-Hand Seiko Presage Shippo Enamel SPB075

The beneficiary evident to the Seiko Presage Enamel SPB047 with a white enamel dial and the SPB069 of 2017 (a restricted release model with a blue enamel dial), the Presage Shippo SPB075 has a more noteworthy effect with its significantly more intricate and refined blue enamel dial. Like its closest relative, the Presage Shippo parades the very prolonged Roman numerals and moment track that give recognition to Seiko’s first pocket watch, the 1895 Time Keeper.

In request to consolidate the date work at 3 o’clock, and not meddle with the balance of the dial, the Roman numerals have been contracted to accommodate the rectangular gap. The 40mm tempered steel case with facetted hauls and cleaned and brushed surfaces has a thickness of 12.40 mm and houses Seiko’s hearty type 6R15, a programmed 3Hz development with a 50-hour power reserve.

The Seiko Presage Shippo Enamel Multi-Hand SPB073

With more activity at hand, the Seiko Presage Shippo SPB073 combines an exemplary three-hander with a schedule sub-dial at 6 o’clock and a force hold pointer somewhere in the range of 8 and 10 o’clock. By and by, the white lacquered Roman numerals are somewhat obscured to accommodate the capacities. Regardless of the measure of data on the dial, the great wavy blue enamel dial rules the view. The 40.60mm steel case is fitted with an in-house programmed development – type 6R27 –  and the recurrence is an advanced 4Hz with a 45-hour power reserve.

A winning price

The Seiko Presage Shippo Enamel Dial will be something special value astute. Restricted to 2,500 pieces each, the SPB075 three-hand model will retail for EUR 1,450 and the SPB073 with schedule and force save capacities for EUR 1,650. More subtleties on www.seikowatches.com .