The Seiko Presage Craftsmanship collection combines traditional Japanese craftsmanship with fine mechanical watchmaking. Now, a new limited edition has been added to the collection, capturing the enchanting world of Studio Ghibli’s beloved film, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.
Released in 1984, the film depicts a post-apocalyptic Earth engulfed in pollution and conflict. In the midst of this turmoil, Princess Nausicaä appears, determined to bridge the gap between mankind and nature.
The design of this intricate timepiece reflects the themes and imagery of the film. The round, curved shape is reminiscent of the tools used by Nausicaä, while the textured, vintage-style case with its super-hard coating is reminiscent of well-worn instruments. The crown, adorned with a blue crystal, symbolizes the eye of the film’s iconic ohmic creatures.
The heart of the watch is the pure blue enamel dial, meticulously crafted and inspired by Nausicaä‘s signature outfit. Leaf-shaped hands and elongated hour markers provide clear readability against this vibrant backdrop, further enhanced by the gold-tone seconds hand. A subtle detail at the 6 o’clock position pays homage to Nausicaä‘s emblem.
Beneath this artistic exterior beats a reliable heart: Caliber 6R51, a new movement based on Seiko‘s high-performance 6R55. It boasts a 72-hour power reserve and eliminates the date display to fully showcase the exquisite dial.
Through the transparent caseback, the wearer can see the oscillating weight, which is adorned with a scene depicting the hopeful end of the movie: a healthy plant flourishing amidst the sea of decay. The gold-plated caseback is engraved with a poignant phrase from the movie: “Dressed in blue robes, descending onto a golden field“.
This exceptional timepiece comes in a special presentation box with an illustration of a scene from the movie and a message card in Japanese from Hayao Miyazaki himself. With only 1,500 pieces available worldwide, the Seiko Presage Craftsmanship Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is a collector’s dream and a testament to the power of combining art and watchmaking.