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November 07, 2017 [ Press Information ] RLS1711-01

Presage launches two new designs, inspired by Tokyo’s best cocktails.

At Baselworld 2017, the all-mechanical Presage collection welcomed the addition of a new series inspired by the glamorous world of the cocktail bar. The eight models, each inspired by a different cocktail, were very well received and are now firm fixtures in the Presage collection. Now, two new designs are added and we hope that they will also bring a smile to the faces of cocktail lovers worldwide. Both designs were inspired by cocktails created by Hisashi Kishi, the head bartender at the STAR BAR in Tokyo’s Ginza area and a past winner of the International Bar Association World Championships.
The fine finish of the dials is the key to the designs; on each the gloss finish is applied no fewer than seven separate times. This painstaking process gives the depth and rich tone to the textured and patterned dials that allows them to express fully the exact look of the cocktails in the STAR BAR glass.

SSA361
SSA361

The Starlight cocktail is inspired by brilliance and mystery of the night sky.

The design evokes the brilliance and mystery of the night sky. The overall tone of the dial is deep blue, brought to life by the glow of starlight that radiates out from the center, just as the bubbles in the cocktail reflect the light in the glass. As Kishi puts it, “The secret of a great Starlight is the bubbles. I shake the cocktail mixer in a special way that I call my ‘Infinity Shake’ to add tiny bubbles that sparkle in the glass and create a sense of starlight in the night sky.”

SRPC03
SRPC03

The Sakura Fubuki cocktail expresses the beauty of cherry blossom in the spring breeze.

The Japanese love of cherry blossom is well known and every stage of its life is enjoyed to the full, none more so than the last and most beautiful moment when it is in full bloom and just about to fall. The design captures this most evocative time for the cherry blossom in its delicate pink dial, as does Kishi’s creation. As he says, “I love the flavors of this cocktail. The sharp taste of the gin mixes perfectly with the richness of the sweet Sake. The malted rice floats on the surface like cherry blossom in the spring breeze.”

Each of the two designs is available in two versions. One uses the 4R35 three hand calendar caliber while the other offers, in addition, a center power reserve hand shaped like the stem of a cocktail glass. Both are automatic but can also be wound by hand using the specially sculpted crown which, when turned, allows the wearer to experience and enjoy the torque, strength and quality of the movements. All four versions offer exhibition case backs.

The counter at the STAR BAR in Tokyo’s Ginza
The counter at the STAR BAR in Tokyo’s Ginza
 

Hisashi Kishi, the bar’s owner and master cocktail maker
Hisashi Kishi, the bar’s owner and
master cocktail maker

Automatic with center power reserve indicator: SSA361, 363

Caliber 4R57
Vibrations: 21,600 vibrations per hour (6 beats per second)
Power reserve: 41 hours
Number of jewels: 29

Automatic: SRPC01, 03

Caliber 4R35
Vibrations: 21,600 vibrations per hour (6 beats per second)
Power reserve: 41 hours
Number of jewels: 23
Specifications
Stainless steel case
Box-shaped Hardlex crystal
Screw see-through case back
Diameter: 40.5mm, Thickness: 14.4mm (SSA361, 363), 11.8mm (SRPC01, 03)
Water resistance: 5 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Calf strap with three-fold clasp with push button release
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: 550 Euro (SSA361, 363), 420 Euro (SRPC01, 03)

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