The most treasured aspects of Japanese cocktail culture include silence, attention to detail, and profound respect for the customer. In this sense, bartending shares much with the cherished tea ceremony, where omotenashi (hospitality) is valued above all. In Japan, bartenders do not simply take an order; rather, they discern customer preferences based on personal interactions – both verbal and non-verbal. As time passes, drinks become even more ideally suited to the individual customer’s tastes. At the Star Bar in Ginza, owner and head bartender Hisashi Kishi enthusiastically perpetuates the charming tradition of omotenashi. The first Japanese to win the International Bartenders’ Association World Cocktail Championships, Mr. Kishi serves as Seiko’s advisor for the cocktail-themed Presage series.
Paying homage to the old-world elegance of cocktail bars, this Seiko Presage series radiates glamour and sophistication. The ice-blue face of the model inspired by the Skydiving cocktail evokes the timeless clarity of the heavens, and is available in two versions. Another cocktail classic, the Manhattan, led to the creation of an urbane model with an exquisitely gradated brown dial. Cheers!