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Seiko Presage Automatic Sharp Edged 110th Anniversary White Ref. SARX113 is the latest from the house of Seiko in 2023. Limited to 2000 pieces, this new Presage follows the SARX055's elegance with an all-rounder built, debuted since Baselworld 2017. The Presage Sharp Edged has been one of the most anticipated Presage models from Seiko, and this year it joins the celebratory moment of the brand’s 110th anniversary on the birth of the Seiko Laurel.
It showcases Seiko's expertise with an excellent design and effort of refinement of its watch inside-out. All that even with a reasonable price tag. Effortlessly, some of the Seiko enthusiasts might coin the new Sharp Edged White a baby Grand Seiko, due to it's high-level of finishing to the case and bracelet plus its brazen dial finishing. Consequently, this is probably still the closest you can get to a mechanical GS without paying a premium.
|Seiko Presage Automatic Sharp Edged 110th Anniversary White - Ltd Ed 2000pcs Ref. SARX113
|Intricate finishing on the multi faceted case and bracelet|
A sporty-yet-elegant styled mechanical watch can be worn on any occasion and feel proud of it, especially for it's an uncanny resemblance to its pedigree "Grand Seiko" cousins. Part of the Presage lineup of dress watches means that this is a solid step above the Spirit collection(SARB033) in terms of built and finishing. The SARX113 is fitted in a modest 40.2mm case with a nice profile of 13mm, along a lug to lug distance of 47.4mm. The case continues to hold Seiko’s proprietary “super-hard” treatment onto the whole case for greater scratch resistant. Unlike the titanium case and bracelet of the SARX055, the new Sharp Edged is built-in sturdy stainless steel material that feels sophisticated and wearable on the wrist with a well-balanced size for everyday business.
Besides, the case gets a high-level polishing, with a satin-finished surface and mirror-finished polish on both the case sides and bezel. Since there are not bevelings on the watch, the satin-brushed top transits instantaneously to the polished bevel line before heading back to its satined sides. All of that are done with precision, lending a beautiful watch that Seiko is famous for producing. In this manner, Seiko has, in fact, relive its 60s grammar-of-designs - whereby only to incorporate flat lines to shine and sparkle from every angle, that are found the early King Seikos and Grand Seikos; with the additional bevels on the sides to reflect a better case aesthetic, in which shows off the brand's impeccable multi-finishings.
Seiko's LumiBrite at its best
Sporting an all-new white textured dial, Seiko incorporates yet another dial patterns that reflects the Japanese tradition. The Presage Sharp Edged punches above its weight, blowing other contemporaries out of the sea once again. Based off the SARX075, Seiko uses a 3D hemp leaf pattern, which is also known as Japan's traditional Asanoha. It is a motif found within Japanese culture and applications, in particularly fabrics, that symbolises prosperity and health. This hexagonal pattern, in fact, reflects its Swiss counterpart's "tapisserie" patterned dial works, creating a nice fluid look. Best yet, the pattern is now miniaturised to look more intricate that its SARX075 brethren. With the creative printed patterns, the Presage Sharp Edged incorporates a dial that dances effortlessly with the surrounding lights, even more, due to the irregular surfaces. That said, the iridescent white dial does tone down the playfulness just a bit, in the effort to harmonize both a certain elegance with the right amount of flair.
For the handset, Seiko emphasized the "sharp edging" ethos by establishing a set of broad dauphine hands and a glossy blued second hand. What's unique here is that the handset is then done in both matte and polished finishing on each hand, accentuating the refined look with more excellent legibility. And in rare circumstances on its more elegant Presage collection, Seiko has imbued its Lumibrite on both sharp-edged hands for better night readability, which is a welcoming touch. The rest of the applied markers and date frames continue the SARX line spirit, with thin stripes and date windows that resemble its premium GS brethren. The dial is surrounded with a minute track, where the 12’ o clock square marker is done in red, paying tribute to the 1913’s Seiko Laurel design.
|6R55 automatic movement|
Furthermore, its stainless steel case is paired with an elegant brown leather strap with stainless steel deployment buckle.
To mark 110 years of watchmaking excellence, Seiko is highlighting its continuous dedication to evolving technology in watchmaking. The Seiko Presage SARX113 is part of a collection in celebrating its past with a fresh look of contemporary Japanese design. It refreshes the Presage collection with much-needed refinement and looks while staying true to Seiko's design grammar. An impeccable companion for any occasion.