The Seiko Credor GXBE998 pocket watch’s “secret” is an engraving that celebrates life. The brand’s artists honor Credor’s 45th anniversary with something truly unique: a three-dimensional hand-engraving of the tree of life, which is a significant concept in both the Shinto and Buddhist religions.
Seiko has plunged once again into its rich history, this time resurfacing with a cool limited edition timekeeper drawing inspiration from the aptly named “1970s diver’s watch.”
When most people think of Seiko, they think of the mass-produced quartz watches that dominated the world’s markets in the 1980s and thereafter. What many don’t realize is that Seiko, one of only a handful of companies able to manufacture a watch from A to Z, makes the full range all the way up to full-on mechanical handmade horological delicacies with fine finishing and artful embellishment. And they don’t come more full on than the Seiko Credor Fugaku Tourbillon.
There was a time when viewers didn’t consciously pay that much attention to what kind of wristwatches movie characters wore. This often meant that actors wore their personal watches on set, sometimes even when it didn’t suit the movie. Today placing a wristwatch in a big film is big business, which also changes the types of timepieces characters now wear.
Diver’s watches were to be found all over Baselworld 2018, and Sabine shares her favorite newcomers in this technical field. These five debutants delight with their unique styles and convincing technical features. No wonder, for each one of them was made by an expert in the category.
Seiko’s story is much more complicated than most people might think. This is a manufacturer that doesn’t follow trends, but has created a few of its own, capitalizing on various types of expertise and knowledge that were the mother of necessity for a manufacturer located so far away from the established centers of watchmaking in Europe. Grand Seiko is the most appealing line to connoisseurs of fine watchmaking, and we look at it in some depth here.
Grand Seiko makes some of the finest movements in the world, so it seems only natural that the Japanese brand pull out all the stops for Baselworld 2018: limited editions with the latest technology that also conserve original aesthetics – a task that the Japanese watch giant fulfills with much aplomb.
As Joshua has covered the world of watches, another of his passions has been reignited: automobiles. Watches and cars go together, so it is no surprise that he has a strong interest in fast things with powerful motors. This is the story of how Joshua ended up with both a 1991 Honda Beat and a 1991 Seiko 7002 Diver. And he is still smiling!
In previous James Bond movies, 007’s Seikos were equipped with homing devices, explosives, ticker tapes, and even full-color displays to receive camera transmissions. The watches worn in ‘A View To A Kill’ had none of that. In fact, you need to be very fast with your remote control to pause the movie at just the right time to even see the watches Roger Moore wears as the world’s most famous fictional spy.
A lot of great sports watches came out this year, many of which were able to break the mold of what a sports watch should look like or can do. This is vital for the industry as it retains the attention of potential buyers and shows that there is still creativity in one of the most popular watch segments. See what our panel thinks of the shortlisted watches in the 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève’s Sports category.