Seiko and Giugiaro: for some, this may sound like a very unlikely collaboration, but fans of the two brands will know that they have been working together on some of the coolest Seiko watches for over three decades now – and that’s pretty legit. Today, a new chapter opens with the Seiko Spirit Giugiaro Design Limited Edition “Rider’s Chronograph” watches that come in a bunch of different color variants, all clad in stainless steel with plastic straps, and limited in production.
This clash of Italian and Japanese design at this price level – or, come to think of it, pretty much any other – is extremely rare, but the point is that these new pieces are real head-turners. To learn more about Giugiaro and see what a modern collab looks like between these two brands, check out our article on the Seiko Astron GPS Giugiaro Limited Edition.Oh, and if you still want some more drool-worthy retro-futuristic Italian-Japanese watch goodness, read Ariel’s thoughts in our hands-on article with the Seiko Giugiaro “Alien’s Ripley” watch.
Alright, so these latest pieces come in all-steel cases which measure in at 44.2mm tall, 43mm wide, and a manageable 11.4mm thick, and sport a 100m water-resistance rating. There is a total of five different references: four in black coated steel and one non-coated version. To complicate things more, Seiko has separated two pieces from the rest, namely the black-red and black-orange versions, making them available in 1,500 numbered pieces on sale from November 11, 2016, while the other three will be numbered up to 1,000 and won’t be on sale until January 27, 2017.
Save for the color options on the dials – and the lack of black surface treatment on the SCED059 reference – all the Seiko Spirit Giugiaro Design Limited Edition “Rider’s Chronograph” replica watches UK are technically the same. They all feature Seiko’s 7T12 quartz chronograph movement that promises 5 years of battery life and a monthly accuracy of -/+15 seconds. Functionality includes a one-hour chronograph, date, and a 24-hour display (don’t be fooled: it’s not linked to the chronograph, unfortunately).
Operation should be nice and easy, though because the dial is slightly rotated inside the case, so is the movement – you’ll just have to look for the chronograph pushers and crown moved to a slightly lower position on the right of the case.
Speaking of the tilted dial design, it is about time we clarify what that’s for: Giugiaro and Seiko first designed such a “Rider’s Chronograph” back in the 1980s. This piece, a close homage to those from some thirty years ago, has a dial that was tilted clockwise by 15° and, here’s the coolest bit, also three dimensionally by 5°, so that it “slopes” towards the wearer. Even the raised plexi front, Seiko says, has been modified so that it works better with this unusual positioning of the dial. The end result is that even when riding a bike with your hand holding the handle, reading the time will be nice and easy… and if you’re not a biker, you’ll more than likely appreciate this little subtle quirk that sets the Seiko Spirit Giugiaro Design Limited Edition “Rider’s Chronograph” apart from the rest.