Nobody addresses that Japanese engineering is among the awesome the world. Driven by precision, consideration regarding subtleties and front line innovation, it could without much of a stretch be viewed as something cold and drained of energy. In any case, some Nippon products generate real desire and adoration. Such is the situation of Japan’s most celebrated sports car and Japan’s most desirable watches. Meet the new Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph ref. SBGC229, celebrating 20 years of Spring Drive and 50 years of Nissan GT-R.
The Japanese car symbol: the Nissan GT-R
The post-WWII reconstruction of Japan was intense; it required near 20 years to get the country in a good place again. Driven by a wish for liberation, the younger Japanese generation immediately started its own, endemic urban culture, which included car customisation and an interest for smaller yet quick, over-engineered sports cars. Among the numerous instances of these end-1960s elite vehicles, one acquired the situation with symbol, creating a religion continuing in its 50 years of presence: the Nissan GT-R or Skyline.
The series was dispatched in 1969 with the 2000 GT-R (KPGC10), trailed by a second generation in 1973 (KPGC110). However, the modern history of the Nissan GT-R Skyline acquired traction in the last part of the 1980s, with the dispatch of the R32 in 1989, trailed by its advancements, the R33 in 1995 and the R34 in 1999 – a series of cars that became popular gratitude to urban cultures, like Gran Turismo, Need for Speed and Fast and Furious.
For the 50th anniversary of its sports symbol, Nissan introduces a unique release accessible until the finish of March 2020, with a particular “Bayside Blue” color and a silver striping on the top. This is, of course, the inspiration for Grand Seiko’s most recent piece.
Sharing similar estimations of performance and greatness, Grand Seiko and Nissan present the Grand Seiko SBGC229.
The Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC229
This new piece depends on the already existing Spring Drive Chronograph, a strong watch that has been revamped recently in a combination of titanium and ceramic. The possibility of this piece was to show that Spring Drive can be the base for several complications, including a complex chronograph – which is made with best in class architecture.
Spring Drive, which celebrates its twentieth anniversary this year, is surprisingly impressive innovation, proprietary to the Seiko Corporation. Not entirely mechanical, not entirely quartz either, it is hybrid innovation that relies on the magnificence of mechanical components, a programmed winding and the proven precision of quartz.
The essential principle of Spring Drive is to switch the regulating organ, all the rest (80% of the components) remain indistinguishable from a mechanical watch. Energy is stored in a mainspring barrel, powered by the movement of a rotor, and delivered to the regulating organ by the methods for a gear train. The regulating organ is rather complex. A Spring Drive development uses a selective speed control instrument, incorporating an IC, an electronic brake and a quartz crystal. As a result, a Spring Drive development has a power reserve of generally over 3 days and an impressive precision, with an average month to month rate of ±10 seconds. The other preferred position is having a seconds hand with an extremely smooth movement. Very specialized, very rational, profoundly precise, as a rule mechanical.
In the setting of the Grand Seiko Spring Drive SBGC229, this innovation is combined with a proper mechanical chronograph, with a segment haggle grip. The development, with its 3-day power reserve, likewise incorporates a GMT work and a power reserve indicator. It is partially noticeable through the caseback, under a sapphire crystal decorated with GS’ lion emblem.
The connect between the car and the watch can be appreciated in the intense color combination. The robust 46.4mm case is made of a central titanium part on which blue ceramic modules are connected – as a reminder of the “Bayside Blue” color found on the GT-R. The dial, with a grained texture, is done in silvery-white and features beat up accents. The Grand Seiko Spring Drive SBGC229 is worn on a white crocodile strap with blue stitchings.
Price and availability
The Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary ref. SBGC229 will be a restricted release of 200 pieces, accessible from June 2019 at chose Grand Seiko and Seiko Boutiques, and chose retail partners across the world. The SBGC229 will be priced at EUR 21,600. More subtleties at www.grand-seiko.com .