Seiko has various original brands with different concepts, and one of them is “Wired”, which first appeared this time in this series “Engraving Reiwa with a new masterpiece watch”.
This brand, which was born in June 2000, is a new watch from Tokyo to the world (* 1) by developing a next-generation watch that combines fashion and function with the catch phrase “WIRED = Connect”. It is positioned as a fashion watch brand that continues to transmit value.
This time, we will take up the latest chronograph model released on May 13, 2022 from the “Reflection (* 2)” series of “Wired”. The series is a collection of models that represent the city of Tokyo echoing in the reflection of light, and in this chronograph, it is inspired by the layered scene of the intersecting highways, with a powerful and profound feeling. It is a model expressed.
Currently, four types with different colors are being developed, but here, taking the black-based monotone color type “AGAT449” as an example, how the scene of Tokyo, the world’s largest metropolis, is copied to the design. I would like to pursue whether it is being taken.
* 1: Seiko was founded in 1881 in Ginza, Tokyo. The current head office is also located in Tokyo
* 2: REFLECTION = meaning of “reflection”, “reflection”, “projection”, etc. in English
About the Metropolitan Expressway that uniquely colors the scenery of Tokyo
As mentioned earlier, the new chronograph of “Wired Reflection” is a model that expresses the big city of Tokyo while “remembering the power of the intersecting highways”, but when you hear it like this, many people Do you think of a scene with a highway that runs vertically and horizontally in various parts of the metropolitan area, that is, the Metropolitan Expressway (hereinafter referred to as the “Metropolitan Expressway”)? Therefore, before examining “AGAT449”, let’s briefly touch on the Metropolitan Expressway here.
A highway is an arterial road that connects multiple towns. In Japan, it may seem surprising because it refers to highways, but in English-speaking countries, public roads that can be driven by car are generally called “highways.” By the way, the English notation of the highway is “Expressway”.
Then, when we say “What is the Metropolitan Expressway?”, It refers to the urban expressways dedicated to automobiles located in the Tokyo metropolitan area and surrounding areas (* 3). It was in the latter half of the 1950s that the full-scale study of the Metropolitan Expressway concept began in order to eliminate the traffic congestion that has become frequent in Tokyo along with the high economic growth. At that time, in order to make it easier to secure land when selecting routes, we avoided acquisitions from the private sector as much as possible and used public land. In other words, land for routes was secured by taking measures such as effective utilization of rivers and canals directly above and underground, rivers and the outer moat of the Imperial Palace, and the abolition of Toden.
In this way, on December 20, 1962, about 6.4km from Kyobashi to Shibaura was opened as the first line of the Metropolitan Expressway. Since then, the extension and expansion of routes will continue, but since the above methods have been adhered to in land acquisition, they have curves, slopes, entrances and junctions, etc. compared to intercity expressways such as Tomei and Chuo Expressways. The result is an extremely complicated structure with many branches and confluences. As a result, such a peculiar landscape where the Metropolitan Expressway runs embodies the appearance of a future city that was drawn in the hearts of children at that time and was actively drawn in the gravure of boys’ magazines.
On the other hand, especially in the city center, they are installed so as to sew the gap between buildings, and they are remarkably close to buildings and cover ground roads and rivers, damaging the cityscape. It has been regarded as a problem (* 4). However, it is also true that the dynamic appearance of these complex and three-dimensionally structured metropolitan expressways connecting and intersecting each other makes the landscape of Tokyo more unique. Therefore, it is reasonable to recall such a scene from the new chronograph of “Wired” that sends “a message from Tokyo to the world”.
* 3: Urban expressways are laid in the metropolitan areas of Nagoya, Osaka, Hiroshima, Kitakyushu, and Fukuoka in addition to the metropolitan area.
* 4: As a typical example, Edo Nihonbashi, which is an important cultural property of Japan. And there is the Metropolitan Expressway Inner Circular Route that straddles it
The highway of Tokyo is beautifully expressed with a three-layer dial.
In fact, these layered dials are a bit of a trend these days. It can be understood that this model is also in line with such trends, but what I would like to emphasize here is that the design of the dial is extremely excellent. For example, looking at the black dial of this “AGAT449”, the highway that runs through the dense space where various buildings are sewn, overlaps with each other and spreads out in Tokyo at night. , I am caught in such a dream as if I was looking down from the sky. What’s more, the dodecagonal bezel, which consists of a silhouette mainly composed of straight lines and a flat cut surface, and the modified octagonal case draw sharp and hard shadows while surrounding the dial to release it from the big city. I feel that it expresses the infinite energy that drips very skillfully.