Porco Rosso is one of my favorite movies from Studio Ghibli. If you don’t hear what I’m saying after reading the article, please go on Netflix and watch the film. You won’t think twice about it, I promise.
When I received the report about these remarkable watches by Seiko, I was more than excited. Especially that they come from the brand’s Presage line, which I have really loved since their first creations came out in 2016. Many of you probably remember the Shippo enamel watches with those hypnotizing deep blue dials. Or on the other hand the new Arita porcelain dial Presage models. With these past watches, Seiko saluted the Japanese artisans who created these beautiful masterpieces utilizing respected methods that have been handed down over centuries.
Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki, its prime supporter and creative mind behind it, address another kind of artistry. Their animated motion pictures (like Porco Rosso, Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away, or Pom Poko) are other-worldly, with distinctive visuals and masterful storytelling.
One of such motion pictures, and an all-time favorite of mine, is Porco Rosso. Miyazaki served as essayist and director on the undertaking that came out under Studio Ghibli’s aegis in 1992. The story spins around a World War I veteran military pilot, Marco, who, due to some magic, has to carry on with his life as a pig. Subsequently the name, Porco Rosso — Italian for Red Pig. He flies in a red plane, battling air pirates, securing the airspace over the Adriatic Sea. With its rich animation, the story embraces the romance of early aviation. The two Presage models bring this early twentieth century romanticism, the beauty of enamel, and Seiko’s advanced innovation together in these beautiful watches. The white dial Presage Studio Ghibli Porco Rosso Collaboration Limited Edition (SNR047) comes with a Seiko Spring Drive caliber. The black adaptation (SRQ033), in any case, is fitted with an automatic Seiko movement.
Both models draw inspiration from Porco Rosso’s red airplane, a Savoia S-21. The most obvious place to search for these clues is on the dial. Its certain components, like the bright, bold hands and numerals, as well as the markers, imitate the instrument panel of the Savoia S-21. The tail emblem — a R and a peak — from Porco Rosso’s plane, are located noticeably on both watches. On the Spring Drive model, it is above 6 o’clock while on the chronograph, you can find it at the 3 o’clock sub-dial.
The chronograph variant features the Italian tricolor in the 3 o’clock sub-dial — an exceptionally vivid component of a generally reserved dial. You can find the three tones on the white Presage model. Here, search for the white dial, red seconds hand, and green force save indicator hand.
What is a plane without a ground-breaking motor? The white Presage has the Spring Drive caliber 5R56 with an accuracy of +/ – 1 second out of each day and 72 hours of force hold. You can check this on the force hold indicator at the 8 o’clock position. Besides, the 5R56 caliber has a date feature. This is at 3 o’clock. The black Presage, as you already know, is a chronograph. Inside is Seiko’s most advanced chronograph caliber, the 8R48. The technical features are great: vertical grasp, section wheel, Seiko’s interesting three-pointed hammer, and heart-shaped cam. This guarantees great and instant synchronization of the hands when we reset the chronograph. Seiko offers both Presage Porco Rosso models with a sapphire crystal display case back so the fortunate proprietors can admire the developments. The display window also features the Porco Rosso symbol as well as a statement from him in Italian.
As both the black and the white Seiko Presage Porco Rosso watches are limited editions to 500 (white) and 600 (black) pieces, they come in individual packaging. The large presentation box houses the Presage watch as well as a second strap and a leather fabric to keep your Seiko clean. The two straps are Porco Rosso red or black leather. One more nod to the main character’s nationality are the side fastens on both straps. They are green, white, and red. Finally, every box carries a message from Hayao Miyazaki, the movie’s author and director. Please visit Seiko’s website by clicking .