Exclusive Ananta Watch Collection by Seiko

Seiko Ananta
Courtesy of: Seiko

Seiko is finally making its high-end, all-mechanical watches available to markets outside of Asia with the impeccably crafted Ananta line, which includes the world’s most accurate watch, Seiko Spring Drive.

Seiko’s hand-assembled Ananta collection is arriving in select fine watch and jewelry stores in November, where consumers are already wait-listed for the exclusive collection.

For design inspiration, Seiko’s product team turned to Katana, the ancient art of Samurai sword making. A timely inspiration, indeed: The Metropolitan Museum welcomes their latest exhibition:

– The Art of the Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armor, the first comprehensive exhibition devoted to the arts and armor of the Samurai warrior.

Established in 1881, Seiko is the oldest watch company in Japan, and is one of the few vertically integrated companies in the worldwide watch industry, making all of their own movements, dials, bracelets, and cases in-house.

“Seiko has differentiated itself by stepping up into higher price points with new technology that would be four times the price if the watches were Swiss made,” says Jennifer Faiella, a buyer at Tourneau in NYC. The ten-piece Seiko Ananta Collection starts at $2100.

“With the Ananta collection, Seiko has managed to show the brand can play with the big boys,” said Faiella.

At a time when Swiss watch imports have dropped more than 40 percent in the first half of the year, it just may be that a premier, Japanese-made mechanical collection may be the “accessible luxury” that shoppers are looking for.

Mitchell Hirsch of Arizona Fine Time remarks, “Seiko’s Ananta collection is similar to what Japanese automaker Toyota did with the introduction of Lexus. Seiko has proved that is has the quality and the craftsmanship to successfully move the brand up-market. We have waiting lists for Ananta at our store.”

For more information got to Seiko Ananta

SPB017 – $2100
Automatic Multi-Hand Calendar
Caliber: 6R21; Day/Date Indicator; Power Reserve Indicator;
Power Reserve: Over 45 Hours; 28,800 vibrations per hour;
29 Jewels; 208 Parts; Sapphire Crystal with anti-reflective coating;
See through caseback with sapphire crystal;
100M; Case Diameter: 46.00mm

SPS009 – $6400
Spring Drive Chronograph Limited Edition
Caliber: 5R86
Crocodile strap with three-fold clasp & push button release;
Chronograph up to 12 hours
GMT Hand
Power Reserve Indicator, Power Reserve: 72 Hours
50 Jewels; 416 parts; Column Wheel and Vertical Clutch
Sapphire Crystal with anti-reflective coating;
See through caseback with sapphire crystal;
100M; Case Diameter: 46.00mm

The Cuff Watch by Buccellati

Buccellati Cuff Watch
Courtesy of: Buccellati.com

Designer Gianmaria Buccellati has created another brilliant piece of jewelry – the Cuff “watch-jewel”.

The Cuff “watch-jewel” is a contemporary version of the ancient “slave’s style” bracelet. Based on Roman history, the style is a symbol of woman’s devotion to man and vice versa.

The cuff bracelet has since denoted the endless and unbreakable bond of love between man and woman.

The bracelet by Buccellati, is made of either 18K yellow or white gold. The style can be produced with four various floral designs, all set with brilliant-cut diamonds. The watch has precision Swiss quartz movement and utilizes a push-button rather than the usual crown.

The unique Gianmaria Buccellati design pays tribute to Sandro Botticelli, an artist that he’s always admired.

Baume Mercier Diamant

The women’s Baume Mercier Diamant series provides a sleek fit and is ideal for any dress occasion.  Although it certainly can be worn at any event, the class and style definitely make it a valuable authentic piece of jewelry.  With its polished stainless steel and the sparkling diamonds, this series is ideal for every woman to have.

It can be difficult looking past the expensive price tag, but this is one series that offers a reasonable price for what you get.  There is one style that stands out from the collection and it just so happens to be the cheapest as well.  With a blue lizard skin strap and a beautiful silver steel case, this watch offers more of a casual look.  It is perfect for wearing around the town and can equally be worn during business meetings as well.

If the blue lizard skin strap does not quite appeal to you, it is not much of a price increase to get to stainless steel.  For just $300 more at $1,450, this style within the collection has a stainless steel bracelet and a stainless steel case to fancy over.  The three hands have a quartz movement that flows over an attractive light pink dial.  This too can be worn in almost any occasion or circumstance.

The next big price increase in the women’s Baume and Mercier Diamant series jumps to $2,250 because of the steel gold.  The band is a two tone bracelet with silver links on the outside and silver and gold links that run down the center of the bracelet.  The case is steel 18k gold that fits the dial perfectly.  And with a smooth quartz movement, it is easy to read the time.

Lastly, the top watch within this women’s Baume et Mercier series runs at $4,500.  It has a glistening stainless steel bracelet that is accompanied by a stainless steel case.  What separates this watch from the rest of the series is the diamonds that line the outside of the case.  The dial is mother of pearl and has roman numerals to easily identify the time on your watch.

While you can certainly wear all of the watches within the women’s Baume et Mercier Diamant series for any occasion, the last two in particular are ideal for dress occasions.  With a sparkling effect and shiny stainless steel, this Baume et Mercier series has more to offer than what the watches are priced at.  Finally, a case in which you get more in return than what you pay for.   Source: http://www.watchesonnet.com/luxurywatches/