The Seiko Velatura Kinetic Direct Drive was recently introduced in rose gold. It features one of Seiko’s proprietary hybrid quartz/mechanical movements. A kinetic movement consists of an automatic mechanical rotor that powers a traditional electronic quartz movement. This configuration allows quartz accuracy and cost, without the need for a battery.
The Seiko Velatura uses the 5D44 calibre of Kinetic movement, which powers traditional hours, minutes and seconds functions, along with a retrograde date display and a power reserve display. Seiko says a full-charge lasts one month and the 12 jewel movement assures accuracy of +/- 15 seconds per month.
The 48 mm stainless steel case is coated with an 18k rose-gold finish. The dial is black patterned and features luminous material on the hands and indices. Water-resistance is 100 meters. Sapphire Crystal. Screwdown caseback. The retail price is $1,295.