Fine mechanical watchmaking, from Japan
Fine mechanical watchmaking
The tradition of Seiko's craftsmanship continues to thrive, thanks to the skill and passion of the craftsmen and women in whose hands Seiko's mechanical watches are assembled. Notwithstanding the high accuracy of the parts, the exquisite technique of assembly technicians with long experience is required.
Each watch was closely inspected and only released if it passed a rigorous standard.
Inspection by eye also plays a key role and only after a vigorous quality appraisal is the watchmaker's task complete.
The unfading beauty of an enamel dial
This Presage features the very same enamel dial that was used in the Laurel—Japan’s first wristwatch. Temperature and humidity are taken into account to ensure that each dial is perfectly smooth when fired, and that the colors last for over a century.
The cutting-edge meets tradition
The dial of this timepiece has been crafted with a synthesis of two techniques: a novel production method that fuses metal with urushi lacquer and an ancient craft technique for producing a smoother, flatter surface. A number of urushi lacquerware artisans work on each timepiece, applying and polishing numerous layers of urushi before completion. The urushi applied to the dial emits a beautiful sheen, but is thin enough so as not to interfere with the hands’ movements. A significant level of technique is required to perfect this balance.