Seiko Watches introduced a limited edition Sportura Chronograph to celebrate their three-year partnership with internationally successful Futbol Club Barcelona who visited Seiko in Tokyo following their FIFA Club Cup win.
On Dec. 18, 2011, Seiko partners Futbol Club Barcelona won the FIFA Club World Cup in Yokohama, Japan, beating out Brazilian Santos Futebol Clube to become world champions for the second time since 2009. The powerful Catalonian football club is among the most successful in the world, becoming the first team to win six out of six competitions in 2009. Supporter owned and operated, Barcelona’s motto “Més que un club” (“More than a club”) exemplifies their commitment to excellence and community, making them an ideal partner for Seiko Watches. FC Barcelona began its relationship with Japanese fine watch designer Seiko in March 2011. President and CEO of Seiko Watch Corporation Shinji Hattori commented on the partnership, “The history, culture and ambition of the Club are a perfect match with Seiko, and we look forward to a successful cooperation in the coming years.”
During their stay in Japan, FC Barcelona visited the new Seiko Salon at the Wako store in the Ginza district of Tokyo. FC Barcelona President Sandro Rosell presented Hattori with a Barcelona jersey with his name on it as a symbol of the strength of the two companies’ partnership. In the creative spirit of Seiko Watches, 11 FC Barcelona players helped design a unique wall clock. Each player signed his name next to his respective number on the clock to create a one-of-a-kind timepiece using the best elements of Seiko design and technology. The clock can be seen on display at the Seiko Museum Ginza Exhibition in Tokyo.
FCB’s December visit to Tokyo followed on the heels of Seiko’s visit to Barcelona in September 2011, their first meeting with the team since becoming the champion Club’s official timekeeper in March. Vice President of Seiko Watch Corporation Mr. Takahashi presented the players and coaches of the FC Barcelona first team with limited edition Sportura FC Barcelona Chronograph watches. The new chronographs feature Seiko’s trademark quality craftsmanship and the Barcelona team crest and colors. Worn by Golden Ball winner Lionel Messi and Silver Ball winner Xavi Hernandez, the FC Barcelona Chronographs appeal to both fans of the world champion football club and lovers of fine special edition Seiko watches. The Sportura FC Barcelona Chronograph features:
- Polished, wide-surface buttons for precise operation
- 42mm case size
- Fixed bezel with tachymeter scale
- Single-time alarm function
- 60 second counter
- Water resistance to 100 meters
- Stainless steel buckle and black leather strap
- Seiko’s signature quartz movement
- Sapphire crystal with anti-relfective coating
The unique timepieces come with a commemorative leaflet with the pictures and signatures of FC Barcelona players. Seiko is giving fans a chance to win one of the special Sportura FCB Chronographs in the SEIKO x FC Barcelona Fastest Goal Campaign. Through Seiko’s official Facebook page, fans can predict which FCB player will score the fastest goal in a series of upcoming matches. After the last match in the set, a winner is chosen from those who guessed correctly. The lucky fan from Session 3 (Jan. 6 to Jan. 27) will soon be announced on Seiko’s Facebook page and will receive one of the watches Seiko says “express the dedication to perfection that SEIKO shares with the most successful team in the world.” Seiko’s official website offers a fun and free SEIKO Sportura FCB Watch Widget for download and embedment that delivers the latest Seiko news and Twitter feed updates, available in English, Spanish, or Catalan.
Following their Club World Cup win, Seiko continues to support Barcelona-Japan partnership as the INAC Kobe Leonessa makes a training visit to FC Barcelona. The formidable Japanese team, including seven players from the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion team, will play a friendly match against Superlinga leaders FC Barcelona Femenino on Thursday Feb. 2. Sponsored by Seiko, the match is dedicated to the victims of last March’s tsunami and signed jerseys from the match will be auctioned in Toyko to support continuing relief efforts.