- April 27, 2013
- The windows of 100th anniversary editions
When, in 1913, Seiko built its first wrist watch, the company's president called it the Laurel. It was not only a first for Seiko, but also a first for Japan and it was the beginning of a tradition of innovation that resulted directly from Kintaro Hattori's determination that Seiko would always be “one step ahead of the rest”. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Laurel, several anniversary editions will be launched this year.
The Kintaro Hattori Limited Edition Astron GPS Solar. Baselworld 2013 sees a further expansion of the Astron collection and the launch of a very special edition that commemorates 100 years of Seiko watchmaking and honors the memory of our founder Kintaro Hattori. This extraordinary watch is offered in a limited edition of 5,000.
A Grand Seiko classic is back. In 1967, when the 44GS first appeared, it established a new look for the collection. The new Limited Edition replica of the 44GS is as faithful as can be to its predecessor. It uses a hand-winding movement, carries the emblem on the case back. There are four models in the collection. All use the 9S64 which is a high-accuracy 8-beat caliber (+5 to -3 seconds a day) with a 72 hour power reserve and 24 jewels. Three pieces are in gold (white, yellow and rose) and one is in stainless steel.
Ananta brings together two rich traditions. Honed over 100 years, Seiko's watchmaking skills are fused with the cultural history of Japan to create a collection that is both unmistakably Seiko and uniquely Japanese. For 2013, a new chronograph is added to Ananta with a design that evokes the age of the Samurai.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of watchmaking, it is appropriate that one of Seiko's most innovative technologies would be at the core of the anniversary collection. Seiko Kinetic is a unique achievement, as it is the only watch in the world to convert kinetic energy into power to drive an electronic movement. The anniversary models are launched in Premier, Sportura and Velatura.