The announcement of the Credor Spring Drive Minute Repeater was met with delight and loud applause at yesterday's SEIKO press conference.
The media representatives were astonished by the purity and strength of the sound of the chimes, made possible by the silence of the Spring Drive mechanism and the use of a ‘silent governor' which uses the viscosity of air to regulate the intervals between the chimes.
This very special timepiece is exhibited at the very center of the SEIKO Stand in a special showcase inlaid with a bamboo work and pure gold leaf. As they see the watch, visitors are able to hear and marvel at the chime sound thanks to five sets of headsets that play the sound. The secret of the beauty of the sound is in the material used for the gong. It is a special steel, used for the traditional Myochin wind bell. The Myochin family of master steelmakers has been making steel for 850 years, starting with armor for Samurai warriors and subsequently making ‘hibashi' pokers for the fireplace and, most recently, their now legendary wind bells. Renowned musicians from all over the world, including Stevie Wonder, have been enchanted by the sound of Myochin wind bell. Please enjoy the watch and its hauntingly lovely chime.
The Credor Spring Drive Minute repeater is a masterpiece of watchmaking. With over 660 components and no less than 112 jewels, it demonstrates SEIKO's unique ability to set new standards in the art of ‘complication' watchmaking.