When, in 1913, Seiko built its first wrist watch, the company’s president called it the Laurel. It was not only a first for Seiko, but also a first for Japan and it was the beginning of a tradition of innovation that resulted directly from Kintaro Hattori’s determination that Seiko would always be “one step ahead of the rest”. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Laurel, it is therefore appropriate that one of Seiko’s most innovative technologies would be at the core of the anniversary collection.

Seiko Kinetic is a unique achievement, as it is the only watch in the world to convert kinetic energy into power to drive an electronic movement.

 

Seiko Velatura Kinetic Direct Drive Phase de lune, édition spéciale 100ème anniversaire

Velatura Kinetic Direct Drive Moon Phase 100th Anniversary © Seiko

 

The Velatura Kinetic Direct Drive Moon Phase 100th Anniversary watch

Velatura is Seiko’s marine sports collection. First launched in 2007, it is now established as the watch of choice among many in the sailing community, including the leading athletes in the 49er Class, the Olympic class that first informed and inspired the creation of the collection. The new Velatura collection includes many timepieces designed for the rigors of 49er racing at the highest level, but its flagship is the Kinetic Direct Drive Moon Phase. With the deep blue of the dial and the warm silver tone of the moon, the watch evokes the night sky as seen from the ocean.