This isn’t the first time Seiko have unleashed cocktail inspired watches on us, they have a whole collection dedicated to it, the Cocktail Time Collection. This time they’ve given us a new spin on the collection with a new skeleton layout. These are the Presage Cocktail Time STAR BAR Limited edition SSA445 and SSA457.
The whole series has each watch paying tribute to a different cocktail. The new watches are no different with both being inspired by drinks created by Hisashi Kishi, the first bartender to earn the “Contemporary Master Craftsmen” award and the owner of STAR BAR in Tokyo. The light SSA445 takes its inspiration from the “Illumine” and the SSA457, from the “Red Brick.”
Both are dress watches designed to be worn to a cocktail bar (shockingly enough). They feature 40.5mm stainless-steel cases that keeps the focus on the dial which is where the real magic is.
The SSA445 features a pale off-white/cream dial in line with the cocktail it takes inspiration from. It looks good, but looking at the mock-ups, it doesn’t seem as legible as it could be. The steel indices seem to blend into the dial but that may not be the case in-person. The SSA457 doesn’t have that issue with its red dial and gold indices. The red version feels like the superior version, but as always, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
The star of the show is the unique curved cut-away sections on the dial meant to evoke the ripples spreading out across the cocktail. It’s a cool effect. From these you can see the Seiko Automatic Calibre 4R72, but also from the see-through caseback alongside the words “Limited Edition” and the limited edition number.
Both watches are limited to 5,000 pieces and will be available in October 2022.
At A Glance
Straps: Calfskin Leather
Movement:Seiko Calibre 4R72 Automatic
Water Resistance: 50M
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