REDEFINING THE WORLD STANDARD OF PRECISION

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– SEIKO WATCH COLLECTION –

REDEFINING THE WORLD STANDARD OF PRECISION

For centuries, the goal of every watchmaker has been to offer ever higher standards of precision and convenience, but only rarely does a real advance in these areas take place. With Astron GPS Solar, new standards of global precision, ease of use and convenience have been set. Astron GPS Solar is the most significant advance in watchmaking in a generation and, at last, brings international travellers the watch that they have long desired.

IN 2012, THE ASTRON REVOLUTION CONTINUED, WITH GPS SOLAR

Down the centuries, watchmakers have met nearly every timekeeping challenge, but, until 2012, one problem remained intractable. Could a watch be made that remained accurate, without adjustment, as its wearer changed time zones? Thanks to Seiko’s mastery of GPS technology and its unrivalled skill in energy management, Astron GPS Solar met this last great watchmaking challenge. Using just the power of light, Astron connects to four or more GPS satellites, identifies the time zone and adjusts the hands on the dial to the local time, with a precision of one second per 100,000 years. Today, the Astron GPS collection is broader than ever.
The Astron revolution continues.

SLIM, REFINED AND A DELIGHT TO WEAR

Every Astron GPS Solar is a technological marvel, but is also a joy to wear. Despite its high functionality, Astron is, above all else, a slim, refined and perfectly crafted timepiece that is built to the highest possible standards to be a companion for life. Whether in steel or titanium, the watch profile is gently curved so that it sits comfortably on the wrist and several surfaces are polished, by hand, to a perfect mirror finish, using Seiko’s Zaratsu technique to ensure distortion-free results. The crystals are all made of sapphire and are treated with Seiko’s special coatings that ensure perfect visibility from any angle and in any light conditions, by eliminating 99% of all reflections. Astron GPS Solar combines high performance and watchmaking refinement as never before.

FORM AND FUNCTION IN PERFECT UNISON

Astron GPS Solar combines high performance with a graceful elegance that is rare indeed in watches of such advanced technology. The first secret is energy management. To connect to satellites in orbit 20,000km above the surface of the earth requires a significant amount of energy. To do so using just the power of light requires skills in energy management that only Seiko possesses. To make Astron GPS Solar, Seiko developed a unique GPS module that achieves this, using only about 20% of the energy required by other GPS devices. Another secret is the development of a reception antenna in the shape of a ring that lies just beneath the dial ring. This unique ring antenna, combined with the ceramic used for the bezel itself, optimises signal reception and gives every Astron the clean,elegant lines that are its signature.

INTELLIGENCE, CONVENIENCE AND PRECISION

To make Astron GPS Solar as easy to wear as possible, Seiko invented an automatic time adjustment function that allows the watch toadjust automatically to the GPS time signal once a day. An invisible sensor analyses the level of light, and when it senses five seconds of bright sunshine, connects to a GPS satellite and receives a time update. If the watch does not detect such conditions, it remembers when it was last successful in receiving a time signal and automatically attempts to connect at that time. This intelligent sensor system operates regardless of whether the watch is concealed by clothing or whether the sun is hidden behind clouds. Astron’s time remains accurate to one second every 100,000 years and the wearer never has to worry.

【Gallery】
COLLABORATION WITH SHINJI TSUCHIMOCHI

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No.67 Shin Nakamise Shopping Street (Asakusa) 1-39-2, Asakusa, Taito-kuCreated on 10/2015


As you may have ascertained from the front cover, jStyle is collaborating with Japanese illustrator, Shinji Tsuchimochi for this year’s edition. He is the illustrative mastermind behind “100 Views of Tokyo” and has a gathering of fans for his nostalgic, retro pieces.

The illustration on the front cover is a piece which features the renowned Tokyo Skytree in the backdrop. Tsuchimochi explains his thought process behind the piece as follows, “While the Tokyo Skytree often makes little cameos in many different places and has gradually become a familiar sight, I was particularly inspired to draw this piece because of how it looks in the distance behind the deeply-rooted Asakusa arcade streets. The juxtaposition between the future and the past makes for a wonderful scene.”

Other than the cover, this gallery is comprising of three pieces specially chosen by us here at jStyle. If you’re interested in seeing the pieces in the flesh, the locations where each of the work can be found are shown here.


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No. 68 Japanese Style Bar Yuchan Monzennakacho 2-9-4, Monzennakacho, Koto-ku, Created on 10/2015


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No. 83 The Suzunari Shimokitazawa 1-45-15, Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Created on 02/2016


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No. 87 Rashomon Shimbashi 1-13-8, Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Created on 03/2016

SHINJI TSUCHIMOCHI
– An illustrator based in Tokyo –

Shinji Tsuchimoto studiedJapanese-style painting at TamaArt University while he pursuedhis own love of art by drawing on inspiration from local illustrators of the 1980s. He has wielded his paintbrushto create pieces for various different forms of media including album covers. “100 Views of Tokyo” (Shikaku Publishing) released in October 2016 in Tsuchimoto’s masterpiece work.

THE BEST OF SEIKO

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Earlier this year SEIKO opened its first boutique store in Australia.

The SEIKO boutique ranges product not usually found in Seiko Australia’s regular channel of distribution.

The boutique focuses on the higher-end collections of Credor, Grand Seiko, Astron, selected Limited Edition pieces and Japanese domestic models.

The boutique has Seiko staff that are highly trained in the technical specifications of the collections and models ranged in the store. In fact, some of the staff have visited the watch studios in Japan to see first-hand the finishing techniques and quality control behind these exquisite timepieces. The Seiko boutique provides a resident watch maker from Monday to Friday to assist with after sales care. The Seiko boutique allows the consumer to ‘explore the world of Seiko’ through its finest watches, its diversity of model selection, its craftsmanship and its professionally trained staff to highlight the detailed attributes of every watch.

seiko-boutiqueThe boutique is located in the Queen Victoria Building (QVB) in Sydney. The QVB is an iconic Sydney landmark and is renowned as being a central shopping district for the local and overseas consumer. The QVB is readily accessible to commuters being so closely located to the Town Hall railway station and bus hubs.

Seiko Boutique, 455 George St., Shop 63, Lower Ground Floor, Queen Victoria Building, Sydney NSW 2000


SEIKO WATCH COLLECTION

– jStyle Choice –

ASTRON

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The World’s first solar GPS watch was developed by Seiko and launched to the world in 2012. Since then, Seiko has continued to develop new calibres in the Astron collection. This truly amazing technology has been developed by Seiko’s watch experts. Seiko solar GPS, one step ahead of the rest.

ASTRON’S TECHNOLOGY
Astron GPS Solar sets new standards of precision, ease of use and global convenience. Astron GPS Solar is the most significant advance in watchmaking in a generation.

Using just the power of light, Astron connects to four or more satellites, identifies its time zone and adjusts the hands on the dial to the local time, with a precision of one second per 100,00 years.

To make Astron GPS Solar as easy to wear as possible, Seiko invented an automatic time adjustment function that allows the watch to adjust automatically to the GPS time signal once a day. An invisible sensor analyses the level of light, and when it senses five seconds of bright sunshine, connects to a GPS satellite and receives a time update.

The key to this uniquely Seiko achievement is the development of a reception antenna in the shape of a ring that lies beneath the dial ring. This unique ring antenna, combined with a ceramic used for the bezel itself, optimises signal reception and allows the watch case to have the clean, elegant lines that are its signature.

AstronGPS Solar also required the development of a unique module to minimise energy consumption. Connecting to the satellites orbiting 20,000kms above the earths surface requires a significant amount of energy. Seiko developed a module that only uses about 20% of the energy required by common GPS devices.

Seiko, one step ahead of the rest.


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CREDOR

The name Credor comes from the French Créte d’Or, meaning ‘’the ultimate of the gold,’’ and has been the name for our collection of high-end watches crafted in precious metals since 1974. Even now, our dedicated master craftsmen use only premium materials and express Japanese beauty and delicate aesthetics. Credor timepieces combine Seiko’s traditional craftsmanship with contemporary, high-end technology, and depend on our over 100 years of watchmaking.


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GRAND SEIKO

For over fifty years, the story of Grand Seiko has been the story of a team’s dedication to perfecting the deceptively simple idea of creating the ideal watch. Though times change and Seiko’s watchmaking technology has evolved rapidly, the spirit and essence of Grand Seiko has remained the same. For over fifty years, Grand Seiko has stood for the same simple yet exacting ideals. And so it will be for the next fifty years. And beyond.