Seiko Presage Craftsmanship, a tribute to Japanese decorative art



To scan time through the aesthetics of ancient Japanese craft techniques, rich in charm and history. This is the spirit in which Seiko's Presage collection was born: launched in 2016, over the years it has presented watches that fuse traditional Japanese decorative arts, exhibiting deep and recognized expertise in the field, with the brand's long-standing mastery of mechanical watchmaking.

At the heart of the Presage Craftsmanship Series are the dials, made with traditional craft techniques such as Urushi lacquer, Shippo enamel, and Arita porcelain. A way to celebrate the work of artisans whose savoir-faire in traditional Japanese arts finds new life on that miniature canvas represented by the dial. An approach that is renewed in the most recent creation where the newly revamped dial layout allows the Urushi lacquer to harmonize perfectly with the watch's overall design.

Indeed, the timepiece displays a green Urushi lacquer dial handcrafted by lacquer master Isshu Tamura and his team, who practice a centuries-old art of creating Urushi lacquers that become more durable over the years. The watch sports a new dial layout, designed to highlight the deep color of the lacquer, enhancing the beauty of this traditional art. Contrasting, white metal hour markers allow for better legibility.

The case, topped by a double-curved sapphire crystal, is complemented by an elegant brown leather strap sourced from tanneries certified by the Leather Working Group (Lwg), a nonprofit organization dedicated to responsible and sustainable leather production. Powered by one of the latest movements developed by Seiko, Caliber 6R55, the watch has a 72-hour power reserve: the first time this movement with three days of power reserve has been used in the Presage Craftsmanship series.

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