Those who have liked the first edition of Seiko Sportura FC Barcelona Chronograph will be pretty delighted to see a new version, just presented at the Baselworld 2012 watch and jewelry show. Along with this bold looking sport watch that honors the success of FC Barcelona, the brand’s leading sport collection is updated with a new Aviation Chronograph that brings together superb functionality, great precision and finally, an ultra-modern design. Presenting the perfect mix of feminine beauty and a contemporary sport design, a new women’s Sportura Chronograph comes in four variations.
It seems that the famous Japanese watchmaker had the perfect timing for entering the long-term partnership with FC Barcelona, last year. Since then, the football giant (or, if you prefer – the soccer giant) has proved its absolute dominance, by wining the Spanish National League, the UEFA Champions League and, most recently, the FIFA Club World Cup. This incredible success and even more fascinating performances on the field had to be the greatest possible inspiration for Seiko’s craftsmen to create a new high-quality timepiece.
As we got used to from this Japanese watchmaker, the perfection is contained in every single detail of the new Sportura FC Barcelona Chronograph. Basically, it is the same design concept of the last year’s model, recognizable by long, curved lugs that make the watch highly ergonomic, by chronograph buttons with a wide surface aria, as well as by the chronograph minute hand with a curved and sharply pointed shape to increase the readability of the elapse time measuring. However, the watch looks a little bit clearer and more mature than the previous version.
Instead of red sub-dials, the new Sportura Chronograph features the black ones which are highly legible on the black dial, thanks to luminescent white frames, markers and hands. This great timepiece is powered by a highly precise quartz chronograph movement. The yellow, central chrono hand tracks elapsed time with 1/5 of a second accuracy. The watch also offers a single-time alarm function which can be set at the sub-dial that takes the 6 o’clock position. The club’s crest at the dial, as well as the famous motto of FC Barcelona: ‘More than a club’ which stands engraved on the case-back are inevitable parts of its identity.
A bold urethane strap perfectly matches a stainless steel case with a black hard coating, giving the watch more sporty and more attractive look than it was the case with the black leather strap from the first version. For the approximate price of 500 Euros, this watch is more than a good choice, unless you are a hard supporter of some other club.
Sportura Aviation Chronograph – Full Functionality Combined with an Exquisite Pilot Style
The Japanese watchmaker has the pretty good experience in making quality pilot watches, offering highly precise and useful measurements. The new Sportura Aviation Chronograph represents the best from this tradition, featuring a full-function, rotary slide rule, exquisite readability and the famous brand’s durability.
Equipped with the same Caliber 7T62 quartz movement, as the FC Barcelona watch, Sportura Aviation Chronograph provides the identical chronograph performances, accurate up to 1/5 of a second, as well as the Alarm function. Besides, the circular slide rule provides measuring of distance, fuel consumption, climb rate and airspeed. Applied hour markers in luminous white and green, as well as white luminous hands offer the quick and precise overview of all delicate measurements.
The Sportura Aviation Chronograph has a bold looking case, crafted in stainless steel with a black hard coating. It is available either with a stainless steel bracelet, incorporating a three-fold clasp with a push button release or with a stylish black leather strap with green stitches. Protected with an anti-reflective sapphire crystal and ensured with a screw-down crown, this attractive chronograph has the solid water-resistance up to 100 meters (330 feet). The approximate retail price will go from 490 to 530 Euros.
Sportura Collection for Women - Ceramic, Diamonds and Mother of Pearl
The new ladies’ Sportura Chronograph edition comes in four variations, specially designed to match the sport elegance of modern women with dynamic life style. Each piece has a beautiful ceramic bezel, combined with a feminine mother of pearl dial. Besides, the dial on the signature timepiece is adorned with 8 diamonds, indicating hours.
Three watches from the collection have stainless steel cases, while the SNDX98 version features a steel case with pink gold color hard coating. Two variations are available with stainless steel/ceramic bracelets, with a three-fold clasp and a push button. Another two come with leather straps.
A Seiko’s Caliber 7T92 quartz movement provides the measurement of elapsed time with amazing 1/20 of a second accuracy. Besides, you can count speed on the tachymeter scale, engraved on the bezel. Promoted by a successful long jumper and beautiful Seiko’s ambassador, Darya Klishina, these high-quality chronographs will surly find their way to women’s hearts. There price will go from 490 to 600 Euros.