Seiko’s Cocktail Time sequence has been a breath of recent air within the Seiko Presage assortment. The sequence relies on the thought of making watches impressed by the worldwide bar tradition. In an trade centered on striving for technical excellence and conveying luxurious, it is a good break from that focus. However don’t assume for a second, the Cocktail Time watches will not be critical watches. The all-new restricted version SPRF041 and SPRF041 are good proof of that.
The Cocktail Time watches are a part of the Seiko’s Presage assortment. We now have lined fairly a couple of of the Presage watches and what they’ve in frequent is their unbelievable dials. Fairly a little bit of focus is on the unbelievable craftsmanship that goes into creating enamel and porcelain dials. And the outcomes are sometimes fairly beautiful. Throughout the Presage assortment, the Cocktail Time watches are a bit totally different, nevertheless.
The Seiko Cocktail Time Assortment
The Cocktail Time watches aren’t any totally different in that additionally they characteristic spectacular dials. However the total focus is much less on craftsmanship and extra geared in direction of model. Seiko launched the Cocktail Time sequence again in 2010 as Japan Home Fashions (JDM) solely. The glamour of cocktail bars conjures up the general design and the dial colours are impressed by world-famous cocktails. It’s a easy however very trendy idea that has worldwide enchantment.
Nonetheless, it took till 2017 earlier than Seiko launched the Cocktail Time watches worldwide. Robert-Jan wrote about the first models that have been out there for us all to take pleasure in. And during the last three years, the sequence has develop into a global success. In case you are on the lookout for a trendy gown watch with an unbelievable dial, a very good motion for no more than €500, a Seiko Cocktail Time is your technique to go.
The design was impressed by outdated bars.
In the summertime we noticed Seiko including fairly a couple of new fashions to the gathering. Amongst them have been the SRPE43, SRPE45, and SRPE47. The general design is considerably totally different from the earlier fashions and based on Seiko, it was impressed by outdated bars. And searching on the design, it does really really feel just like the watches can be completely at dwelling in that atmosphere. And as soon as once more the dial colours are impressed by cocktails; crimson from the Negroni, blue from the Outdated Clock, and inexperienced from the Mojito.
The Presage SPRF041 and SPRF043 Restricted Editions
Just lately Seiko added two new restricted version fashions to the Cocktail Time sequence. Each the SPRF041 “Hojicha” and the SPRF043 “Matcha” are each restricted to a complete of seven,000 items worldwide. The watches are impressed by Japanese cocktail tradition and extra particularly by two drinks from the Star Bar in Kyoto. It’s a bar the place bartender Mr. Kishi is the chief mixologist. Two of his tea-based cocktails have been the inspiration for the colours and texture of the dials.
Each watches characteristic a 38.5mm stainless-steel case and include an identical calfskin strap with classic model stitching. The straps characteristic a three-fold clasp with push-button launch. With a case peak of 11.8mm and a complete weight of 63 grams, the watches put on simply and are good to cover below your cough if obligatory. However with two extraordinary dials like that, they don’t seem to be meant to be hidden. And each dial and have a unique story to inform.
The Seiko Presage SPRF041 “Hojicha”
The primary of the 2 is the Seiko Presage SPRF041 “Hojicha”. The watch options a stupendous brown dial with gold-colored particulars. The colour is impressed by the Hojicha cocktail with its smoky colour of roasted inexperienced tea. The feel of the dial is designed to echo the normal inexperienced tea elements from the Kyoto space.
As soon as once more it’s the form of storytelling solely Seiko can pull off. No matter your ideas on the story behind the watch are, there is no such thing as a denying the dial seems completely beautiful. The colour goes from a lighter shade of brown within the heart of the dial to darkish brown on the outer edges. However what impressed me most was the feel of the dial. It has a classic really feel to it that’s intriguing to see.
Together with the golden numerals, indices, and arms and the brown leather-based strap the general really feel is elegant and classic. The one factor I used to be on the fence about when carrying it, was the date aperture at three o’clock. The white date disc with black printing does stand out. So from a sensible standpoint, it really works very properly. However at instances I used to be a bit irritated that it breaks the general influence of the dial. However apart from that, it is a nice executed watch.
The Seiko Presage SPRF043 “Matcha”
The second of the 2 watches is the Seiko Presage SPRF043 “Matcha”. This watch options a stupendous inexperienced dial with silver-colored particulars. The inspiration for the inexperienced colour comes from the Matcha cocktail that can be made with inexperienced tea. The Japanese matcha conventional tea elements from Kyoto are additionally right here the inspiration for the feel of the dial.
The general really feel of the inexperienced SPRF043 is crisper and a bit much less conventional in its total presence. The massive eye-catcher is as soon as once more the distinctive dial. As with the brown SPRF041, there’s a gradient within the colour going from lighter inexperienced within the heart to a darker shade of inexperienced on the outer edges.
For this inexperienced model, Seiko determined to make use of a black date ring and white printing for the date. It makes the date aperture total a bit much less intrusive and I’ve to say I prefer it a bit higher than on the brown SPRF041. However Seiko has created two watches that should be seen within the steel. Bert did a tremendous job of capturing the magic of the dials however nothing beats experiencing the colours in broad daylight.
The Seiko Caliber 4R35
Each watches are powered by the Seiko Caliber 4R35. This self-winding motion is used for all of the watches within the Cocktail Time sequence. It’s a well known Seiko motion that can be used for different Seiko watches within the Prospex and Presage sequence.
…each watch is individually numbered.
The motion has an working frequency of 21,600vph and options hacking seconds and an influence reserve of roughly 41 hours. The motion is seen by way of the screw-down show case again. The case again additionally mentions that the watch is a restricted version and each watch is individually numbered.
Sporting the Presage SPRF041 and SPRF043
It’s no shock that the very first thing that stands out with each watches is the dial. As quickly as you place both of them in your wrist, you possibly can’t assist however stare on the dial for a bit. The second impression I acquired was that the watches are on the restrict of what I might discover becoming for my wrist in relation to dimension. At 38.5mm they’re on the smaller facet of the spectrum and I a lot desire the 40.5mm dimension of a number of the different watches within the Cocktail Time sequence.
…bang on in relation to the value vs. high quality ratio.
However don’t let that spoil your enjoyable in case you are completely high quality with a 38.5mm diameter. Each leather-based straps match the model of the watch completely and are of fine high quality particularly contemplating the sub €500 checklist value of each watches. The identical goes for the folding clasp that’s straightforward to regulate to your wrist dimension. I might say that Seiko is bang on in relation to the value vs. high quality ratio.
General I really like the idea of the Cocktail Time sequence. And these two restricted editions present how a lot enjoyable a watch may be for an reasonably priced value. Each watches have a listing value of €490 and for that cash, you’re going to get an incredible quantity of worth for cash. If I have been looking for an reasonably priced gown watch, I might begin taking a look at Seiko Cocktail Time choices.
Having mentioned that, my selection would in all probability not be both of these two watches merely due to their dimension not being an excellent match for my wrist. However as talked about earlier than, in the event you can put on a 38.5mm gown watch, go try these two watches. Out of the 2, the one which impressed me most is the brown SPRF041 “Hojicha”. There’s simply that little bit extra distinction on the dial that brings the watch to life only a bit extra.
General I believe Seiko has created two nice restricted editions for the Cocktail Time sequence. Though manufacturing numbers are pretty excessive at 7,000 items per watch, I might not be shocked if they are going to be gone pretty rapidly. So in case you are available in the market for an reasonably priced gown watch, be sure to take a look at the Seiko Presage SPRF041 and SPRF043 quickly or you’ll solely be consuming inexperienced tea as an alternative of having fun with its stunning texture.
Presage SPRF041 ‘Hojicha’ and Presage SPRF043 ‘Matcha’
SPRF041J1 and SPRF043J1
SPRF041J1 – inexperienced, SPRF043J1 – brown
Diameter – 38.5mm, thickness – 11.8mm, lug-to-lug – 45.four ㎜
Field-shaped Hardlex crystal
Screw down see-through case again
Seiko Caliber 4R35, ticking velocity – 21,600vph, energy reserve – 41 hours, hacking seconds, guide winding
SPRF041J1 – inexperienced calfskin leather-based strap, SPRF043J1 – brown calfskin leather-based strap
Time – hours, minutes, seconds, and date indication
Restricted Version of seven,000 items every