tag heuer Aquaracer replica giant Seiko marks its 100th anniversary of watchmaking this year, and used its new, modernist-inspired pavilion at BaselWorld to premiere its celebratory collection.
Centenary editions include an inscribed Astron GPS Solar and additions to the Grand Seiko collection, displaying the brand's predilection for cutting-edge technology.Innovation has always been at the forefront of Seiko watches. Its tag heuer Formula 1 replica was the first wearable digital watch, the Kinetic contained the world's first automatic power-generating system, and last year's Astron GPS Solar became the first watch to connect to the GPS data network and use the sun's energy to adjust to any of the world's 39 time zones.
Three years ago, Seiko announced the global distribution of its notable luxury line - the http://www.syrauto.com/tag-heuer-monaco-replica-uk.html. The watch was positively received in Europe, the United States and elsewhere.Shinji Hattori, Seiko's president, says consumers took a liking to the watch because it is a genuinely different brand with its own philosophy and character, and one created utilising great craftsmanship.
"People who understand real craftsmanship and luxury get what Grand Seiko is all about. It offers pure workmanship at its best - nothing more and nothing less," Hattori says.The Grand Seiko is the watchmaker's classic model, and new versions are reminiscent of the earliest models that debuted in the 1960s.The watch evolved from a purely mechanical timepiece to a one with typically refined Japanese aesthetics. The Grand Seiko 44GS is a tribute to the 1967 version and includes the original straight lines and flat surfaces on the case and razor-sharp hands and hour markers.
One version comes in stainless steel, and the other in white, yellow or rose gold. The hi-tech Astron GPS also caught the imagination of watch enthusiasts, and Seiko has doubled output to meet demand."The Astron is a special GPS watch never developed by a Swiss watchmaker. We don't have any competitor for this watch," Hattori says.
The new collection includes six options in steel or high-intensity aluminium, with the addition of 26 city names on the bezel for increased legibility.Meanwhile, the Seiko Astron Kintaro Hattori honours the brand's founder. The 5,000-piece collection, which launches in September, includes a perpetual calendar that will be correct until February 2100, daylight-savings time adjustment, a power-saving function and a world-time function for all time zones. The watch comes with a titanium black case, ceramic bezel, onyx crown and a caseback engraved with the letter "S" and the founder's motto: "One step ahead of the rest".
The Seiko Kinetic also celebrates the brand's anniversary. The original timepiece marked one of Seiko's most innovative technologies, turning the wearer's kinetic energy into power.
New editions include the Seiko Premier, with a kinetic direct drive calibre that turns the crown into an additional power source. The Sportura features a perpetual calendar accurate until February 2100 and an energy-saving function. Left unworn for 24 hours, the watch goes into sleep mode and picks up the correct time and date when in contact with the wearer again. Seiko also applies kinetic technology to its Velatura marine watches. Its new Kinetic Direct Drive Moon Phase comes in stainless steel with a rose gold coating and blue bezel.