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Introducing The Seiko SPB171 Presage Arita Porcelain Dial Limited Edition

Introducing The Seiko SPB171 Presage Arita Porcelain Dial Limited Edition

Quick Take

The proverb “Mirror Flower, Water Moon” touches on the idea that something so beautiful, similar to the reflection of the moon on still water, is only that – a reflection. It can’t be attained. Its beauty can just exist as a mirage. The Japanese expression Suigetsu particularly captures the marvel of the moon’s image on water, and while it may just exist visually, Seiko has recently added a model to the Presage line that can, in fact, be attained. It’s planned after the ephemeral nature of the moon’s reflection in lakes and lakes all through Japan. 

Blued hands are set against a white Arita porcelain dial in the latest addition to the Presage family, the SPB171. Just 2,000 examples of the Arita Porcelain Dial restricted release will be available. The watch utilizes Seiko’s 6R27 caliber, also utilized in the recently introduced “Riki” watches in the Presage line. 

Initial Thoughts

The Presage line has always been overflowing with watches that punch above their weight class by incorporating craftsmanship typically saved for more exorbitant cost focuses. The porcelain dial focuses to the idea that the SPB171 will carry on the legacy of the crowd favorites, the SPB093 & SPB095 released last year. The formula is a lot of the same: a beautifully planned watch with a robust development at a price point that addresses a ton of value.

The Arita dial production is managed by craftsman Hiroyuki Hashiguchi at a manufacturer that has been sharpening the art since 1830. The actual nature of producing porcelain dials is as such that machines can just play a part in a measured way, and the lay depends on the human touch. To put it plainly, the creation of porcelain dials is an art unto itself. Arita porcelain is unique in relation to conventional porcelain in that it’s a physically harder material, making the requirement for precision more important when working with it. Hakuji porcelain is utilized for its unadulterated whiteness, and that creates a drastic contrast between the blue hands and the dial. This specific effect coming about because of the bright white and the delicate blue is meant to summon lunar beauty that one would experience during the Suigetsu ritual, which is the point at which one appreciated the reflection of the moon on still water. Intermittently, it tends to be a challenge to completely grasp the context and philosophy behind Seiko and Grand Seiko models that draw from Japanese tradition so profoundly. The insightful nature of appreciating the moon’s reflection on water doesn’t appear to connect to horology and watchmaking, but take a stage back, and it starts to make sense. It’s a human experience to appreciate momentary beauty, and the way we appreciate the beauty of any watch – regardless of where it’s from – isn’t so unique. The Seiko SPB171 is undoubtedly beautiful, with Japanese cultural context or without.

Even with such a solid emphasis on the esthetics of the watch, Seiko didn’t hold back on the development. The 6R27 is a mid-range offering that’s shaped a fantastic track record throughout the long term. It beats at 28,800 vph and has a force hold of 45 hours. While the development isn’t the focal purpose of the watch, it certainly bolsters the value proposition. 

2,000 examples of the watch land at retailers in July. The Presage line is regularly cited as a “best-left well enough alone” inside Seiko. There are shared ways of thinking with Grand Seiko that come through in the watches, but there’s also a certain pragmatism present that Seiko is so acceptable at. Like the evanescent beauty of the sinking moon on an actually summer night’s glassy lake, the model will discreetly fade from display cases at retailers. 

The Basics

Brand: Seiko
Model: Arita Porcelain Dial Limited Edition
Reference Number: SPB171

Diameter: 40.6mm
Thickness: 14.1
Case Material: Stainless steel
Dial Color: Pure White
Indexes: Roman numerals
Water Resistance: 30m
Strap/Bracelet: Strap, blue crocodile

The Movement

Caliber: 6R27
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, power reserve.
Diameter: 27.40mm
Thickness: 5.32mm
Power Reserve: 45 hours
Winding: Automatic
Frequency: 28,800vph
Jewels: 29

Pricing & Availability

Price: $2,050
Availability: July
Limited Edition: Yes, 2,000 examples

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