Master Watchmaker to Visit U.S.



One of the top watchmakers at Seiko Watch Corp. is going on tour in the U.S. to bring consumers an insider perspective of the Seiko Spring Drive product line.

Chitose Masuda, according to Seiko, is one of a handful of people in the world capable of assembling the Seiko Spring Drive. She will be making appearances at five selected jewelers around the country from Sept. 29 to Oct. 3.

Masuda will be disassembling and assembling the 416 individual parts of the Seiko Spring Drive watch on-site, providing a rare glimpse at the Spring Drive technology that took Seiko 28 years to develop and perfect. Every Spring Drive watch is entirely hand-assembled and requires the skill of a master craftsman.

“The Spring Drive Exhibition is a great way for Seiko to demonstrate and communicate its expertise and dedication in fine watch making,” said Les Perry, Seiko Corp. of America executive vice president.

The new Spring Drive watch line includes:

Spring Drive G.M.T.
Calibre 5R86 boasts a 416-part, 50-jewel movement that promises +/- 1-second-per-day accuracy, fifteen times better than the average mechanical watch. Just 300 pieces will be made with just 65 available in the states.

Spring Drive Moon Phase
Calibre 5R67 which captures the perpetual motion of the moon crafted to the highest horological standards in the world. This collection is limited to 200 worldwide, with just 65 pieces available in the U.S.

The Seiko exhibition is also one of only five stateside appearances of the Spring Drive Space Walk watch, specifically designed to withstand the rigors of free space without losing accuracy, including resistance to temperatures from minus 20 degrees Celsius to plus 70.

The Seiko Spring Drive U.S. Traveling Exhibition will be appearing at the following locations:

Sept. 29, 5 p.m.
Tourneau
The Gardens Mall
3101 PGA Blvd.
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
561 694 6028

Sept. 30, 2 p.m.
Old Northeast Jewelers
1131 Fourth St. North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
800 922 4377

Oct. 1, 4 p.m.
AZ Fine Time
7830 East Gelding, Suite 100
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
480 214 0238

Oct. 2, 4 p.m.
Jackson Square Fine Jewels
2808 El Camino Real
Redwood City, CA 94061
650 365 3000

Oct. 3, 4 p.m.
World Lux
Fairmont Olympic Hotel
1424 Fourth Avenue, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98101
888 721 7367