Seiko Presage Studio Ghibli Castle in the Sky Collaboration Limited Edition

Fantasy made real. A new creation from Presage captures the nostalgia of a Japanese animation masterwork

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Ever since its birth, the Presage collection has been renowned for its unique balance of beauty and technology, combining its fine watchmaking technology with Japanese craftsmanship and art forms. Today, Seiko introduces into the Presage collection a creation inspired by the now-classic fantasy-adventure Japanese animation film “Castle In The Sky.” This is the first animation feature from the world-renowned Japanese animation studio, Studio Ghibli, whose works have won the favor of animation fans worldwide for their imaginative, other-worldly settings, distinctive visuals and masterful storytelling.

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The spirit of the animation is reflected in every aspect of the design.

The widely acclaimed feature film follows the adventure of a young boy and girl in search of a legendary floating city named Laputa. Throughout their journey, the two are chased by air pirates and military agents seeking to seize the city’s treasures and powers and the heroine’s magical levitation crystal.

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The key chant to the story, “Leetay Latuparita Ulus Aria Los Balu Netoreel“ or “save me and revive the eternal light” in the Laputan language, is inscribed on the caseback

Laputa, the city among the skies.

The watch captures many of the key elements of the animation in every corner of its design. The crest on the mystical levitation crystal of the heroine’s pendant is reproduced on the enamel dial, made by master craftsman Mitsuru Yokosawa and his colleagues, and the glass crown head, while the castle in the sky is illustrated on the caseback just the way it was in the picture taken by the protagonist’s father when he caught sight of the city. Around the castle are engraved the words of the chant that is central to the story. The roman numerals, inner ring, retro hands and stitched leather strap complete the nostalgic atmosphere of this magical and evocative limited edition.

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Seiko Presage Studio Ghibli Castle In The Sky Collaboration Limited Edition

Every corner of the watch hints at key aspects of the film. Even the watch strap’s back bears the inscription on the keystone found in the floating castle. The watch is powered by a new version of Seiko’s high-performance 6R35 movement, Caliber 6R31. Like Caliber 6R35, the movement delivers a power reserve of 70 hours and shares the same performance attributes, but without a date window. Every aspect of the watch reflects the care and craftsmanship for which Presage is renowned. The crystal glass is a dual-curved sapphire and is treated with anti-reflective coating on the inner surface that delivers high legibility from any angle. The exhibition case back reveals the fine finishing of the movement, and the watch is 10 bar water resistant.

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The watch is offered in a special presentation box with an illustration of Laputa and carries a card message from the film’s director, Hayao Miyazaki

The watch will be available as a limited edition of 1,200 at the Seiko Boutiques and selected retailers worldwide in July 2021.

Seiko Presage Studio Ghibli Castle In The Sky Collaboration Limited Edition


Caliber 6R31
Vibrations: 21,600 vibrations per hour (6 beats per second) Power reserve: 70 hours
Number of jewels: 24

Stainless steel case
Enamel dial
Dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating See-through screw case back
Diameter: 40.5mm, Thickness: 12.4mm
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Cordovan strap with three-fold clasp with push button release

Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: €1,500

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