SEIKO celebrated its 130th Anniversary of watch making timeless excellence with a unprecedented showcase of various milestone, museum, and commemorative legendary classic timepieces in VivoCity Singapore. Founded in 1881 by Mr Kintaro Hattori in Kyobashi, Tokyo, SEIKO has gone on to capture the world’s imagination with a diversity of innovative products over the last 130 years.
Mr Vincent Lau Tak-bui, Director and CEO of Thong Sia Group, Mr Kenichi Maeda, Senior Manager of SEIKO Watch Corp, Mr. James Law, Director of City Chain, Ms Charissa Wong, Country Manager of City Chain, together with MediaCorp Artists Ms Felicia Chin and Mr Nat Ho graced the commemorative occasion.
Seiko first classic watches crafted over the century include the trailblazing “Laurel”, Japan’s first locally made wrist watch by SEIKO in 1913, “Astron”, the world’s first quartz watch fashioned in 1969, which still measures time with unprecedented accuracy with the ultra-high-frequency vibration of quartz.
In addition, the exhibition displayed the world’s first multi-function digital watch produced in 1975 and the world’s first TV watch introduced in 1982 – further testimony to SEIKO’s creativity, philosophy and creed of “Always one step ahead of the others”.
Equally-anticipated, is the world’s first Grand Seiko introduced in 1960. The Grand Seiko fulfilled the unique “Grand Seiko Specifications” with precision requirements more stringent than that of Swiss. In 1968, as a non-Swiss watch, Grand Seiko unprecedentedly attained the highest score and won the honor of “Best Mechanical Wrist Chronometer” award in the Swiss Official Geneva Observatory Competition.
To mark SEIKO 130th anniversary, a limited edition pair watches that comes in a gift box set is specially designed. It comprises a SEIKO black steel fully automated and a solar energy timepiece. Both carry a commemorative rear case that marks the 130th anniversary of SEIKO. Only 1,300 sets are made exclusively for Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia, making it truly a valuable collector’s item.
Another design is the prestigious Grand Seiko 130th Anniversary Edition (Model No.: SBGW033J1). True to its origin, the Commemorative Collection retains the design simplicity essence of the first Grand Seiko in 1960, housing it with newly-developed automatic self-winding for added functionality and convenience. The limited steel edition comes with a total availability of only 1,300 pieces worldwide.
Seiko Watches including Grand Seiko and SEIKO 130th anniversary limited edition watches are available at Seiko Authorised Dealers and City Chain. For more information, visit 30 Bideford Road, #01-01 Thong Sia Building, Singapore 229922 or Tel (65) 67376122.