Spring/Summer 2018 heralds the new Seiko Criteria Men’s Chronograph available in three key design variations over 14 different models, all cased in stainless steel. Ranging from modern and edgy to vintage-inspired, the pieces are specially crafted for the modern urbanite who values individuality and savours every moment of his busy lifestyle—we think that sounds very much like singer-songwriter Wang Leehom.
As Seiko’s spokesperson for the eighth year running, the suave and talented multi-hyphenate isn’t just awfully busy with everything from music to film to television, he’s also about to become a father for the third time. How’s that for #winning? And if there were just one leaf we could take from Leehom’s playbook of life, it might well be to seize every second, which brings us right back to the new Seiko Criteria Men’s Chronograph.
Comprising three all-black, all-masculine models, the collection is designed to suit every occasion and location. Black steel cases pair tastefully with sporty-chic nylon straps, exuding a youthful yet qualitative allure. Reference SNDH45P1 comes in a triple black colourway for its case, bezel, and dial but is enlivened with orange accents on its hour indexes, hands, and stitching. Totally matte with nicely rounded edges all over the case and lugs, it promises to be an ergonomic fit to the wrist. Priced at $515.80.
A similar model, reference SNDH47P1, offsets the matte black appeal of the case with khaki green accents around the dial and strap, plus a little off-white on the inner flange, and some white and red details on the indexes and hands. This reference is a 2,800-piece limited edition model and like the earlier piece has a 100m water resistance rating, as well as a date window at four o’clock. Both watches are equipped with the Seiko manufactured Calibre 7T92 quartz movement providing a chronograph function that works for up to 12 full hours in 1/20 second increments. Priced at $535.00.
The third piece is a mechanical model, reference SRPC77K1. Other than the fact that its movement is self-winding rather than quartz-powered, it is also visually different from the other two watches. This watch has a cushion-shaped case redolent of the 1970s which gives it a slight vintage flair, even as the khaki green on black colour combination has its roots in military-style flieger timepieces—that oversized triangular placeholder at 12 o’clock cannot be incidental. A 1,500-piece limited edition, it comes with a day-date display at three o’clock and this is the only model in the collection with a 24-hour rotating bezel, which means it also offers the very practical second time zone function. Reference SRPC77K1 is powered by the Seiko manufactured self-winding Calibre 4R36. Priced at $516.80.
Ready for literally everything that life throws at you—fun, style, or work—the Seiko Criteria Men’s Chronograph is a trusty complement to the modern man’s lifestyle. Go behind the scenes to check out the latest Seiko Criteria campaign shot with Leehom in Taiwan.
The Seiko Criteria Men’s Chronograph is now available in all Seiko boutiques islandwide, as well as all City Chain stores and authorised dealers in Singapore.