Design and evolution

Seiko ropes in Ken Okuyama, a product design legend, for its latest collection of watches

Seiko has created many watches that have found favour among sportsmen including professional divers and explorers. Today, the spirit of this classic sports watch is expressed anew in a line of watches for sport on land, in sea and in sky. The line’s name, LX, hints at the Latin word for light and is a subtle nod to the way that light is reflected in the broad, flat surfaces of each case.

The LX line was developed in collaboration with Ken Okuyama Design. With his international experience in designing iconic automobile products like Enzo Ferrari, Maserati Quattroporte and having worked for many other high-profile brands from motorcycles, furniture, robots to sunglasses and architecture, Ken Okuyama brings his own special creativity to Prospex LX.

TCRP caught up with the genius Okuyama at the Baselworld during the launch of the Prospex LX by Seiko. “My aim was to add a contemporary feel to Seiko’s unique legacy of designing sports watches that are defined by simplicity, harmony and power with the new Prospex LX,” says Okyuyama.

All watches under the LX line, have the robustness, legibility and reliability that every sport or adventure demands. The case diameter is a robust 44.8mm and the pronounced angle on the upper side of the case allows the polish surfaces to shine brighter.

The land version has a GMT hand and a compass bezel. The sky version also has a GMT hand and a bi-directional bezel for showing time in a third time zone and the sea version has a unidirectional bezel to indicate the length of diving. The sea versions, being diver’s watches have a water resistance of 300 meters, the air versions 100 meters and the land versions are water resistant to 200 meters.

In addition to three versions in a light colour titanium, the LX line offers a special series of three all-black interpretations. The case is treated with a black super-hard coating and the flat surfaces are Zaratsu polished. Inside the case of these LX watches, is an advanced 5R Spring Drive calibre, which offers one-second a day precision alongside high levels of shock and temperature resistance and a power reserve of 72 hours.