Another great model specially created to mark the brand’s 100th anniversary is a Velatura Kinetic Direct Drive Moon Phase timepiece which brings an extraordinary combination of modern design and superb functionality. This bold watch uses one of Seiko’s most innovative technologies, chosen to be the highlight of the anniversary collection. It comes in two versions, offering striking blue and elegant black interface. I said this in the review of the brand’s Sportura Kinetic Perpetual 100th Anniversary watch and I will repeat once again – Considering all the qualities, Seiko’s novelties are definitely among the best pieces that you can find on the price level under 1000 euros.
Being at least ten times more accurate than any mechanical watch, Seiko’s Kinetic movement immediately draws the attention. Well, it would not be anything strange if we talked about a regular quartz battery. However, this advanced technology uses mechanical parts to transform the energy from the body motion into the electricity that powers quartz movement. This ‘world’s first’ system eliminates the need for battery replacement, offering long-lasting accuracy and fun, since it provides the interaction between the wearer and the movement thanks to its direct drive indicator. Battery does not get the energy only by the motion of the wrist, but also by winding the crown. Thus, with each turn, the wearer gets the immediate information about the exact level of power that he sent to the movement, which is displayed on the indicator.
At the 12 o’clock position, behind the part of the dial that recalls clouds, there is a beautiful moon-phase indicator, rotating on the disc decorated by stars. At the 3 o’clock position, you can see the sub-dial that indicates date, while the one at the 6 o’clock position serves both as a second time-zone display and as a day-of-a-week indicator. The complex structure of the dial is complemented by the attractive ‘boat deck’ style pattern, with applied hour markers and a minute scale at the outer rim. The dial is protected with anti-reflective crystal.
The most beautiful version of the new Velatura Kinetic Direct Drive Moon Phase is the SRX009P2 model, featuring the black dial and a stainless steel case with black hard coating on its round bezel. It comes with an elegant black leather strap. The same version is also available with an interesting stainless steel case, with the central row in black ceramic (Ref. SRX009P1).
Finally, the most striking version (Ref. SRX010) features a stainless steel case with rose gold hard coating and a blue hard coating bezel. It also comes with the matching blue dial and a dark blue calf leather strap. Each version has the diameter of 46.3 mm and it is 12.67 mm thick and water-resistant up to 100 meters (330 feet).