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The Seiko Presage Automatic Sharp Edged “Mini Shironeri” Black Ref. SARX117 is the latest from the house of Seiko in 2020. 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. 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.
Delving into the heart of Seiko's JDM watches, we marvel at the new engine that this renowned company has built. 2005 marks the year in which Seiko made the 6R15 engine, derived from its 7S26 movement. Using this stellar in-house manufactured calibers to create their JDM timepieces, Seiko's 7S and 6R movements are popular among Seiko collectors.
|Seiko Presage Automatic Sharp Edged “Mini Shironeri” Black Ref. SARX117 / SPB203
|Intricate finishing on the multi faceted case and bracelet|
In reflecting its moniker, the titanium case shape re-defines Seiko's classic appeal with a much "sharper" look. Chiefly the wedge-shaped angular lugs that blends a nice polished chamfers running down each side, giving the SARX115 much-refined looks than the previous Sharp Edged collection. The sharp. yet multi-finished case lines flow seamlessly into the case sides, with a prominent bend inward towards the case-back, in which it helps to keep the perfect proportion as an everyday watch for most wrists.
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 titanium 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 matte black 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 black 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.
|6R55 automatic movement|
This remarkable timepiece comes on a multi-finished titanium bracelet that extends seamlessly from its case made from the same material, allowing it to form a single perfect timepiece that ensures comfortable wear while withstanding the harshest conditions. The “super-hard” treated bracelet gets a satin-brushed top surface in GS style, with double polished middle sections and sides. This metal bracelet is then fitted with a Seiko-signed deployant clasp.
Staying true to the Presage collection's classic style, the Presage Sharp Edged Mini Shinoreri subtly showcases Seiko prowess in both design and watchmaking. 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, this timepiece charms you with the satisfyingly crisp design that graces it with an all-new attractive look.