Grand Seiko watches are unquestionably extraordinary pieces. With a plan all their own and a general nature of execution that is certain (for both the mechanics and the habillage), not many of Seiko’s watches can be named rich dress pieces with meager profiles. For Baselworld 2019, Grand Seiko accepts the way of slenderness and refinement, with a shiny new collection of four watches named the “Grand Seiko Elegance Collection”. Another plan, the utilization of Urushi polish for the dials (a first for GS) and another movement… Let’s investigate the new references SBGK002, SBGK004, SBGK005 and SBGK006.
Grand Seiko Elegance Collection – another, more refined design
With its new “Elegance Collection”, Grand Seiko presents a variety of new highlights on its watches. Indeed, everything is new here, beginning with the case. Typically sharp and precise, Grand Seiko watches can now and again come up short on a touch of refinement and often decide on a more easygoing, sportier clothing. The new collection, as shown by its name, is more centered around elegance and watchfulness. Without being very surprising from other watches delivered by the Japanese brand – we can locate some common components, for example, the feature on the inside side of the hauls – the case seems softer, more adjusted, despite the fact that still very “integrated”. There’s without a doubt no division line between the casebands and the carries (something run of the mill of numerous GS watches). All things considered, the Grand Seiko Elegance Collection looks and feels… more elegant!
In terms of extents, the brand has selected a moderately little width of 39mm – current, reasonable for most wrist sizes, and adjusted to business clothing. The brand publicizes this new collection as “slim”. With a 11.6mm profile, it is in reality more slender than most watches of the brand, in any case, not a watch that befits the “ultra-thin” class either. The case is topped by a profoundly domed sapphire precious stone and highlights a rather little crown.
The cases are finished in the standard thing, lovely Grand Seiko way, with cleaned and brushed surfaces. The mirror-completed parts are gotten by a unique Zaratsu technique made to highlight the excellence of the bended surfaces.
The collection comprises four models – 2 in rose gold (SBGK002, SBGK004), 1 in steel (SBGK005), with every one of the 3 being restricted underway and 1 non-restricted model in yellow gold (SBGK006). All the watches are worn on crocodile lashes, with pin clasps (gold models) or a deployment clasp (steel version).
Grand Seiko Elegance Collection – Urushi dials (and more)
For the first run through, Grand Seiko is utilizing Urushi (Japanese polish) dials. We’ve seen various Seiko Presage watches with such dials – here or here – yet never in the better quality collection. Note that the dials are domed on all models, adding to the elegance and somewhat vintage feel of these watches.
This extraordinary and eminent method of Urushi veneer may be accessible on the two rose gold, restricted version models (SBGK002, SBGK004). The main model, reference SBGK002, shows a finished golden shaded dial. It is produced using a straightforward and durable Urushi that comes from trees filled in and around the town of Joboji that lies under Mt. Iwate, the mountain that rules the horizon over the Shizukuishi Watch Studio. Through the golden hued “Suki-Urushi” enamel can be seen the unpretentious Mt. Iwate design that uncovers the watchmakers’ pride in the normal magnificence that encompasses their home.
The other rose gold model, the reference SBGK004, additionally a restricted version, includes a more old style – yet amazing – dark finish dial, still Urushi, which uses a similar enamel blended in with iron to give it its particular profound ebony tone. The tone is rich and the surface has a polished sheen.
On the two manifestations, the hour markers and the “GS” letters are enhanced with the customary Maki-e strategy by Urushi ace Isshu Tamura in his studio in Kanazawa, on the west bank of Japan’s principle island. Through the utilization of significantly more than one layer of polish, these markers are given a three-dimensional profile and a sensitive yet solid presence on the dial. Tamura then applies the powder, either 24k gold or platinum, and afterward cleans them by hand utilizing his own exceptional apparatuses to give Maki-e its carefully gleaming appearance.
The steel form, reference SBGK005, portrays a similar surface as the rose gold model, yet with a more traditional painted dial, here introduced in blue with applied lists. The ordinary creation model, in yellow gold ref. SBGK006, has a white opaline dial with applied records and hands dressed in gold.
Grand Seiko Elegance Collection – New Hand-wound Calibre 9S63
Not just has Grand Seiko come up with another plan, yet this “Elegance Collection” likewise includes another development, type 9S63. While dependent on a known design – the 9Sxx that has praised its twentieth commemoration a year ago and that is the foundation of the brand – it presents new complications.
This hand-wound type 9S63 highlights hours and minutes in the middle yet disposes of the focal seconds and rather shows it in a sub-dial at 9 o’clock and adds a force hold marker at 3 o’clock.
The development is improved in the run of the mill GS style, with striping and cleaned chamfers. The steel model offers a marginally unique improvement, with a blue lion mark and tempered screws. This development beats at 4Hz and brags 72 hours power reserve.
Price and availability
The new Grand Seiko Elegance Collection comprises 3 restricted releases and 1 normal creation model:
- SBGK002 (rose gold, earthy colored dial) – restricted to 150 pieces – EUR 31,400
- SBGK004 (rose gold, dark dial) – restricted to 150 pieces – EUR 31,400
- SBGK005 (steel, blue dial) – restricted to 1,500 pieces – EUR 7,400
- SBGK006 (yellow gold, white dial) – non-restricted – EUR 20,700
The three restricted versions will be accessible as of March 2019 and the non-restricted release as of July 2019. This arrangement will be accessible at Grand Seiko and Seiko Boutiques and chose retail accomplices around the world. More subtleties at www.grand-seiko.com .