When Seiko first began a partnership with famed Italian automotive designer Giorgetto Giugiaro in 1983, the resulting watch designs were usually very sporty, asymmetrical Seiko chronographs with cases that were user-friendly to any racer on two or four wheels.
This summer Seiko revives that long-admired relationship by teaming with Giugiaro Design to create the Seiko Astron Giugiaro Design Limited Edition, a new Seiko Astron GPS Solar watch.
The new release essentially updates that premiere model from 1983 (pictured below), which was among the very first analog quartz chronographs made. The new model will utilize Seiko’s Astron 8X82 chronograph caliber, which boasts GPS solar technology, and will measure elapsed time up to six hours. Like all Astron calibers, the 8X82 caliber will offer users the ability to adjust to local time anywhere in the world at the touch of a button.
Seiko will make the new watch with a 46.3mm titanium case and bracelet, all coated in Seiko’s own super-hard black coating to increase resistance to scratches. As with many Giugiaro designs, black, red and green are prominent colors here, as are the Giugiaro-designed hands and the markers. On the caseback you’ll find a wheel design framing the watch’s individual serial number.
Look for the Seiko Astron Giugiaro Design Limited Edition to be released as a limited edition of 3,000 this July at Seiko retail outlets in selected markets worldwide. Price: $2,900.
Specifications: Seiko Astron Giugiaro Design Limited Edition
Case: 46.3mm by 13.3mm titanium with super-hard black coating, ceramic bezel, sapphire crystal
Caliber: Astron 8X82 chronograph with GPS controlled time and time zone adjustment; chronograph up to 6 hours in 1/5-second increments; Perpetual calendar correct to the year 2100, Signal reception result indication, world time function (40 time zones), daylight saving time function, power save function
Accuracy: +/-15 seconds per month (without receiving a GPS signal and at temperatures between 5℃ and 35℃ )
Water resistance: 100 meters
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Bracelet: Titanium with super-hard black coating, three-fold clasp with push button release
Limited edition of 3,000 pieces
Price: $2,900 USD