At Baselworld 2011, Seiko presented its first minute repeater, a spectacular timepiece that uses a traditional watchmaking technique to mark time with hands and sound. The Credor Spring Drive Minute Repeater is definitely one of the most luxurious and technologically advanced watches that Seiko has produced in 130 years long history.
New watch from commemorative collection that celebrates outstanding brand’s tradition demonstrates superb skills of Japanese craftsmen, from the Micro Artist Studio at Shiojiri facility. They brought together very attractive, minute repeater method and Seiko’s trademark, the Spring Drive technology, in order to create an unusual pleasure for both, eyes and ears.
Pleasure for ears comes from beautiful sound of the minute repeater bell gongs. This calming sound, with strong Japanese character has been reached by use of specific type of steel, which produces the beautiful tones, very similar to the Myochin wind bell.
Total Silence for Perfect Sound
Perfect clearness of sound could only be achieved by the total silence of mechanism. Seiko, off course, found the ideal solution with the Spring Drive, the only movement, which counts time silently. Regulating the speed of striking gongs, another in-house patent, ‘silent governor’, ensures complete perfection of the minute repeater.
New Seiko watch uses a simple decimal system and emits one-hour, ten-minute and one-minute sounds (for example – at 1:59 you will hear single one-hour sound, 5 ten-minute sounds and 9 one-minute sounds).
Beside this outstanding complication, the Credor Spring Drive Minute Repeater is a really functional watch, with nice design. Its case is made of 18 karat rose gold, with 42.8 mm in diameter. It matches the crocodile strap, with 18 karat rose gold three-fold clasp and push button release.
The Spring Drive Caliber 7R11
Beautiful skeleton dial, covered with the anti-reflective sapphire crystal, offers a real pleasure to all watch lovers, providing a clear view on the amazing mechanism, which is composed of 660 parts. At the same time, a striking of the gongs can be seen through the transparent case back.
A watch is powered by the Spring Drive Caliber 7R11. This hand-winding movement, with 112 jewels provides superb accuracy (±15 seconds per month) and power-reserve of 72 hours.
The first Credor Spring Drive Minute Repeater will be released in December. Only 3 pieces are going to be crafted in the initial year.