For over half a century, Seiko has been at the forefront of world sport, supporting international events, including six Olympic Games, four soccer World Cups and twelve athletics World Championships. The brand’s commitment to sports is also expressed through their partnership with athletes, particularly the one with top tennis player, Novak Djokovic. Like Seiko, Novak is dedicated to perfection. And like Novak, Seiko is determined to be “one step ahead of the rest”.
Over the four years of partnership, Seiko had created several watches targeted at the different needs and aspects of Novak’s busy lifestyle, including the noteworthy Seiko Astron with GPS solar function.
This year, Seiko introduces it’s unique Kinetic Perpetual caliber series into his collection in the form of two special edition pieces, the SNP145 and SNP146. The watches are designed with the intent to accompany Novak on formal evening occasions and will be launched in September 2017 at leading Seiko retail outlets worldwide.
The Premier line for Seiko is unmistakably known for its bold and modern design cues, characterized by its distinctive dress watch features with practical functions. However, upon Novak’s suggestion, Seiko had added elements of sports design to make these pieces uniquely his own.
The combination of a case in a rose gold tone with a black dial for the SNP146 adds a dynamic look to the classic design. The strap, too, combines tradition and sport with its hybrid silicone and leather construction and makes the watch both supremely elegant and very comfortable to wear. The dial has a striped pattern, like a perfectly-mown grass court and the red tip on the second hand adds a lively but discreet touch. Novak’s ‘D’ emblem graces the crown and the caseback carries his signature.
The watch is powered by the Seiko 7D56 movement. This Kinetic Perpetual movement by Seiko combines the beauty of a classic mechanical perpetual calendar, correct until February 28, 2100, with the advantages of Kinetic which is powered by the movement of your body with perpetual quartz accuracy, up to 4 years autonomy when not worn. This means that the watch is unworn, it enters a “sleep mode” and remembers the exact time and date for up to four years. As soon as it is picked up again, it awakes and automatically resets itself to the correct time and date.
This “set-and-forget” convenience of the movement is chosen for this special edition because it perfectly suits Novak’s busy schedule.
The Seiko Premier Novak Djokovic Special Edition is the epitome of a watch can look both sporty and dressy at the same time. The interesting hybrid of silicon and leather for the choice of strap is a good juxtaposition of how form can meet with function, keeping the wearer’s comfort in mind. The Kinetic Perpetual movement has its own unique appeal, particularly for those who are always actively on the move and would prefer the convenience of low-maintenance timepiece.
Seiko Premier Kinetic Perpetual Novak Djokovic Special Edition
SNP145 and SNP146
– Caliber 7D56, Kinetic Perpetual movement
– Perpetual calendar correct to the year 2100
– Time relay system preserves accurate time up to 4 years
– 24-hour indicator, Month indicator, Leap year indicator
– Power save function
– Accuracy: +/-15 seconds per month (at temperatures between 5℃ and 35℃)
– SNP145: Stainless steel with black hard coating
– SNP146: Stainless steel with rose gold color coating
– Sapphire crystal, Screw case back
– Diameter: 42.9 mm, Thickness: 12.3 mm
– Water resistance: 10 bar
– Silicone and calf strap
Recommended retail price in Europe: 870 Euro (SNP145), 960 Euro (SNP146)