Seiko Continues To Roll Out Its Epic Spring Drive Technology
Originally fitted to its Credor models and later deployed in Grand Seiko and Prospex ranges, from next month Seiko's innovative Spring Drive manually wound movement finds a new home in its most highly decorated Presage family.
Since 2016, Presage has been the collection that best represents traditional craftsmanship at the Japanese brand, encompassing many of the traditional skills for which the country is renowned. And to mark the deployment of the brand's signature Spring Drive technology in the Presage family for the first time, Seiko has announced two new models.
In both cases, the dials are made from enamel, using a specific glaze application process that delivers the same deep sheen and warm, organic beauty achieved by a regular Seiko collaborator, the late Riki Watanabe. Since his passing in 2013, Watanabe's work has been continued by his friend and colleague Mitsuru Yokosawa, whose use of a spare layout and Didoni font reflects the modernist philosophy of the late Japanese designer.
In addition to a date window at three o'clock, the dial is otherwise only disturbed by a power reserve display at seven o'clock to indicate when the Calibre 5R56's impressive 72-hour power reserve is exhausted.
Featuring a dual-curved sapphire (and sapphire case back), the 40mm stainless steel case is water resistant to 100 metres.
Conceived back in 1977 and finally launched in 1998, the Spring Drive system is based on the foundation of all mechanical watch technology, a mainspring, but employs an entirely different system of time regulation: a “speed control” unit comprising an integrated circuit, an electronic brake and a quartz crystal. This delivers greater accuracy than a traditionally regulated movement while offering the additional benefit of glide-motion hands – a traditional hallmark of all true mechanical timepieces. $5110 at seiko.com