Seiko has introduced 4 new watches within the formal end of their Presage collection dubbed the Sharp Edges series. These watches lean toward Grand Seiko levels of finishing and dial architecture while remaining relatively accessible in the process. Each of the new watches offer a unique dial color and texture that bring new meaning to the term heritage inspired. Not only do these watches honor Japanese history, they look pretty damn good in the process.
These 4 references offer good entry points for a variety of wardrobe styles, with 3 steel options that could easily be dressed up or down, and a 4th in rose gold finish for special occasions. These watches are tricky to nail down, but however you’d choose to rock them, we think they offer a compelling value.
The case and dial design of the Sharp Edge series are subtle from a distance, and move toward the aggressive at closer inspection. Each of the 4 dial colors (green, white, brown, and blue) feature a geometric pattern based on the traditional hemp leaf motif of the Heian Period of late classical Japanese history (794-1185 AD), and symbolize growth and prosperity. The distinctive pattern will shift in contrast depending on the lighting and angle of viewing. Likewise the hands and hour markers are deep and angular, bringing an overall level drama not unlike what we see from Grand Seiko. A date wheel that’s been color matched to the dial sits at 3 o’clock, while a thin but noticeable chapter ring slopes toward the rehaut, representing the only texture interruption from the otherwise uniform dial.
The steel finished case found on the Sharp Edge series features straight lugs with a broad brushed surface area gently falling away from the polished bezel ring. The lugs define the shape of the otherwise round case, extending deep into the bracelet with another hard angle at their ends. The case walls are polished and tuck neatly under the bezel, shifting all emphasis to the lugs. The reference SPB170 gets a rose gold finish, and features polished lugs and horizontally brushed case walls, by contrast. It also gets a brown leather strap to compliment the case. Whichever reference you opt for, you can look forward to a very wearable case that measures 39mm in diameter, 47mm from lug to lug, and 11mm in thickness.
Within the Sharp Edge watches sits the Seiko Caliber 6R35 which is found throughout the Prospex family (including the SPB 149 reviewed here). This is an automatic movement with 70 hours of reserve that will provide adequate accuracy and finishing, which you can assess for yourself through the exhibition caseback.
The Sharp Edge series are available now at select retailers and each are priced at $ 1,000. Learn more about these references from Seiko right here.