BY JOVAN KRSTEVSKI
Seiko’s luxury arm Grand Seiko turns 60 this year, and to celebrate the occasion, the brand has released four new limited-edition watches. Presented with a beautiful blue dial, powered by high-quality in-house quartz and automatic movements and packed inside exceptionally finished cases, these new watches pay a tribute to the best of Japanese watchmaking craft that Grand Seiko offers.
Belonging to the Heritage collection and powered by a true high beat movement this watch showcases the technical might of Grand Seiko. Operating at a frequency of 5Hz, the automatic caliber 9S85 offers an ultra-smooth sweep of the second’s hand, precise timekeeping with a deviation between -3 and + 5 seconds a day and a healthy autonomy of around 55 hours. The face of the watch has been presented in an iridescent shade of blue and features a familiar Grand Seiko style layout. There are well polished applied markers for hours, a minute track printed on the sloped chapter ring and a razor-sharp sword style handset to read the time. Grand Seiko has also given the dial a nice splash of color in the form of red highlights that can be seen on the second’s hand as well the text above 6. The case on this beauty is made of stainless steel and measures a modest 40mm in diameter with a thickness of around 13.3mm. It features a sapphire crystal on both front and back and has drilled lug holes that would make swapping straps a breeze. The watch comes attached to a steel bracelet, is limited to 1500 pieces and would retail for USD 6,300.
When it comes down to accuracy, nothing can beat a good quartz movement and the SBGP007 offers just that. The 9F85 quartz movement that powers this watch is made fully in-house and is accurate to ± 5 seconds a year. Like many modern automatic movements, this one also offers the ability to adjust the hour hand without stopping the second’s hand aiding accuracy. The dial is once again rendered in blue, but this time around offers a nice pattern for added visual dynamism. Apart from this you still have the applied hour markings, a printed minute track, a date window at 3 and a red seconds hand. The stainless-steel case once again measures 40mm in diameter but has a thickness of just 10.8mm which would make this watch sit very comfortably on the wrist and slide easily under a cuff. The watch comes attached to a stainless-steel bracelet, is limited to 2500 pieces and would retail for USD 3,800.
This is the sportiest watch of the lot. Like the SPGP007, this watch is also powered by the 9F85 quartz movement which has been tuned slightly differently and offers an accuracy of ± 10 seconds a year. The face of the watch has been presented in a dynamic blue color and looks quite like the one found on the SPGP007 except for a few things. There is no texture present, the golden star has been removed and the minute track now features numerals at intervals of 5. The case has been crafted from stainless steel and measures 40mm wide and has a thickness of around 12.4mm. It has a nice angular geometry and offers a water resistance of 200 meters. Sitting on top of the case is a blue ceramic bezel that accentuates the sporty vibe of this timepiece. The watch comes attached to a stainless-steel bracelet, is limited to 2000 pieces and would retail for USD 3,900.
The STGK015 is the only watch in the collection that exhibits the feminine side of Grand Seiko. It features a stainless-steel case that is 27.8mm wide and 11.2mm thick. To give an extra dose of elegance the bezel on top has been decorated with 45 diamonds. There is a sapphire crystal on both the front and the back, and the watch is water-resistant to 100 meters. The face of the watch has been presented in a pearlescent blue shade and provides a great contrast against the applied diamond markers. The hour and minute hands like its male counterparts have a sword-like shape and the seconds hand this time around has been given a steel finish. Powering this watch is the automatic 9S27 caliber that operates at a frequency of 4Hz, offers a power reserve of around 50 hours and is accurate between -3 to +8 seconds a day. The watch would be accompanied by a bracelet and is limited to just 300 pieces. The retail price of this beauty has been set at USD 9,500.
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