Seiko has returned to Studio Ghibli’s back catalogue of classics for its latest limited edition Presage, this time going in search of Laputa: Castle in the Sky.
After channeling the daring adventures of Porco Rosso in watch form, Seiko has once again partnered with Hayao Miyazaki‘s legendary animation studio.
The new 40.5mm stainless steel watch focuses on the symbology used to locate the floating city of Laputa in the 1986 animated classic with the city’s crest present on both the watch’s enamel dial, produced by Seiko’s veteran enamelist Mitsuru Yokosawa, and its glass crown insert.
On the reverse is a sapphire crystal caseback featuring a reproduction of the photograph of Laputa that stokes protagonist Pazu’s curiosity throughout the film. This is surrounded by the words of the chant later used to unlock the city’s power.
Seiko has used Roman numerals, Breguet hands and contrast stitched brown leather strap (with hidden Laputa debossing) to place the watch firmly in Miyazaki’s signature turn of the 20th Century, Western European setting.
The watch also debuts Seiko’s 3Hz automatic 6R31 movement, a no-date version of 6R35, which offers 70 hours of power reserve, and is packaged in a special presentation box with a message from Hayao Miyazaki.
Just 1,200 pieces are being made and will drop in July via Seiko boutiques and select retailers, priced £1,350 GBP ($1,875 USD).
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