Take two parts dial, one part case, one part movement and two dashes of typical Seiko value and you have a recipe for a particularly tasty cocktail; in this case, the Seiko Presage Cocktail Time ‘Fuyugeshiki’ limited edition, specifically the 40.5mm SRPC97J1, and the 33.8mm SRP843J1. We are pleased to offer limited numbers of both models for sale within Australia in our shop, buy them here. Also included in the sale is a copy of NOW – THE WATCH BUYING GUIDE, Time+Tide’s first publication.
These limited edition watches are inspired by cocktails created by Hisashi Kishi, the head bartender at Tokyo’s Star Bar, with the case design and hour markers inspired by the shape of a cocktail glass. Mr Kishi created a paired drink, with a cool, pure appearance and, if it tastes anything like the dial looks, it must be delicious.
Fuyugeshiki literally translates as ‘winter scene’, and the dial certainly delivers on that promise — it’s rich, crisp and white. Like previous versions of the Cocktail Time, the dial is pressed, but instead of the radial pattern we’ve seen before, the pattern here is very delicate, a repeating, naturalistic vertical pattern that resembles fine brushwork or — if you’re feeling poetic — a field of long grass dusted with snow or frost. From a distance, it looks opalescent, almost like mother of pearl, but up close the fine detail really reveals itself. Seiko is known for the quality of their dials and these winter scenes do not disappoint. It’s worth noting that while on paper this dial sounds similar to the Grand Seiko Snowflake dial, up close they’re quite different. And while the dials of the SRPC97J1 and SRP843J1 are the same, there are some other differences …
Seiko Presage Cocktail Time ‘Fuyugeshiki’ SRPC97J1
The case of the SRPC97J1 measures 40.5mm across and 11.8mm tall — the polished steel case is topped off with a domed Hardlex crystal, and comes on a 20mm five-link stainless steel bracelet. The watch is water resistant to 50 metres, and powered by Seiko’s calibre 4R35, which is visible through the clear caseback.
Seiko Presage Cocktail Time ‘Fuyugeshiki’ SRP843J1
The specifications of the SRP843J1 are substantially the same as above, except for the size. The case on this version measures a more petite 33.8mm across by 11.3mm tall, and the bracelet is more slender, with a width at the lugs of 17mm.
Seiko Presage Cocktail Time ‘Fuyugeshiki’ SRPC97J1 and SRP843J1 Australian availability and pricing
The Seiko Presage Cocktail Time ‘Fuyugeshiki’ SRPC97J1 is limited to 7000 pieces and has a retail price of $725. Buy it here.
The Seiko Presage Cocktail Time ‘Fuyugeshiki’ SRP843J1, limited to 5000 pieces, has a retail price of $699. Buy it here.