Meet the latest new release from Seiko Presage, a simple automatic with date that strikes a winning note courtesy of a rich green enamel dial.
Aimed at recreating the colour of Japanese cedar leaves, the dial is a classically fired enamel created by artisan craftsman Mitsuru Yokosawa. Seiko is well known for taking its aesthetic inspiration from its home landscape - notably the slopes of Mount Iwate and Mount Fuji, as well as the snow that caps them - but this is the first time it has looked to the forest. Obviously, a happy coincidence that green dials have been the hottest trend of the last couple of years.
With alternate Arabic numerals and arrow-shaped indices, plus a date at three o'clock, the dial is as sparse and simple as you would expect, with sharply polished sword hands to match the hour markers. On the caseback there's a limited edition stamping, and a sapphire window onto calibre 6R35, an automatic with a 70 hour power reserve.
Reference SPB111 is otherwise quite unremarkable: a 40.5mm round stainless steel case that's water resistant to 100m, mounted on a brown crocodile leather strap with deployant clasp. It's about as straightforward a watch as you get, and that's Seiko all over.
If I had a quibble, it would be with the printed square border to the date window - I don't object to the date window on principle, but I'd like to see what it looks like without that edging; the right angles seem to conflict with the natural rounded edges of the enamel. But at this price - if you think we're always saying this about Seiko, there's a reason - how can you complain? No Swiss brand will sell you an enamel dial for anything like as reasonable a sum.
The Seiko Presage SPB111 is limited to 2,000 pieces, and will be available from November, priced at £1,340.
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