Winding-Down: June 6, 2024

The new Seiko Presage Cocktail GMT Watches

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Brice Goulard for Monochrome

Besides the addition of a GMT complication, we have 3 models with unprecedented and rather striking colour schemes. The SSK037 Skydiving comes in a fresh light blue colour with contrasting blue hand – the Skydiving cocktail is a mix of rum, lime juice and blue curaçao, giving it a pale blue hue. It is worn on a 5-link stainless steel bracelet. The SSK039 Rusty Nail is inspired by a blend of Scotch whisky and Drambuie with a garnish of lemon peel, giving this rich gradient brown dial with a yellow GMT hand. It is worn on a black leather strap with a folding clasp. Finally, the SSK041 Acacia has a gradient honey yellow dial inspired by a cocktail made from gin, Benedictine and a dash of Kirsch, finished with a garnish of lemon. It is paired with a brown leather strap.

The Seiko Presage Cocktail line has always been a striking collection. The dials are show-stoppers and the elegance is hard to achieve elsewhere at the same price point. The addition of a GMT hand throws off some of that striking simplicity with the addition of numerals and a third line of text to the dial. I love that GMT movements are making their way into more affordable lineups of watches, but some discernment is required. This one is a miss for me. And don't get me started on that "gradient honey" dial. I hate to put negative energy out there, but that dial looks like it has sat dormant in a smokers house for two decades. Smoke-stain vibes for the win.


Hands-On With The Updated Seiko Prospex “Samurai”

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Jorg Weppelink for Fratello Watches:

The rectangular hour markers from the previous “Samurai” have been replaced by long, pentagonal ones. The larger hour markers used for the cardinal points on the previous dial have also been updated in line with the other indices to create a better overall balance.

[T]he date window has also moved. The bigger Samurai models have a date window at 3 o’clock, while the new models have one between the 4 and 5 o’clock markers. I like that update because it gives the dial a full set of properly sized indices. On top of that, the black date disc with white printing blends in nicely on two of the three new variants.

I'm absolutely loving the new update to the Samurai! It's got a classic vibe, and the spec sheet suggests it's still very wearable, clocking in at just over 41mm with a lug-to-lug just over of 49mm and a thickness that's a smidge over 12mm. I had a Samurai in the past and was pleasantly surprised by how well it sat on my dainty 6.5" wrist. These updates could potentially make this a real home run.


The Anoma A1 Plays with Sculptural Forms at Accessible Price Points

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Russel Sheldrake for Time & Tide:

The smooth, pebble-like triangular form pulls from a mid-century table designed by Charlotte Perriand, a designer who worked with Le Corbusier and has pieces displayed in museums around the world. This has led to the A1 taking on an incredibly sculptural feel with its smooth, rounded edges sitting jauntily on the wrist, with not a single straight line in sight.

It feels like watch collecting is experiencing a bit of a renaissance. Unique and playful pieces from emerging brands are stepping into the spotlight, challenging the dominance of longstanding industry giants. These new timepieces, inspired by art and architecture, weave stories that instantly captivate collectors. While the Anoma A1 may not be my personal choice, I deeply admire its artistic approach to timekeeping and eagerly anticipate more innovative creations from the brand.

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