Not a name you ever expected to grace our “Haute Time” pages, Seiko Watch Corporation makes the list this year by introducing the brand’s first-ever tourbillon in the Credor brand. Additionally, it is a pretty impressive timepiece thanks to its three-dimensional artistic presentation. The Credor Tourbillon, with dramatic engraving and lacquer work, recalls the famed huge waves and views of Mt. Fuji that have impacted Japanese culture since the dawn of time.
The Fugaku Tourbillon Limited Edition houses the ultra-thin tourbillon Caliber 6830, which measures 3.98,mm in thinness and is the brands first-ever tourbillon movement (based on thee Caliber 6830, whose base is just 1.98mm thick). The famed “Great Wave off Kanagawa,” with a view of Mt. Fuji in the background, inspires the design of the dial. The wave is meticulously hand engraved and created in 18-karat yellow and white gold. Even the caseback shows the wave, with an outline of Mt. Fuji on the balance wheel bridge. The new tourbillon movement, caliber 6830, is less than 4mm thick and is made and assembled by Satoshi Hiraga.
The three-dimensional dial consists of engraving work by Kiyoshi Terui, and lacquer fulfilled by artist and Master Craftsman Nobuhiro Kosugi, with contributions by Urushi expert Isshu Tamura. The work is inspired by the art of the Edo period. The lacquer work on the dial is done using the ancient art of Urushi and the clouds are created in finely worked mother of pearl. The 43mm platinum watch features blue sapphires on the case sides. It is created by top Japanese artists in a limited number of 8 pieces, and each is estimated to retail for $462,000.