UNDERTSTAMENT AS ARTISTRY.
Ever since the birth of Grand Seiko in 1960, elegance always came effortlessly, thanks to purity in design aesthetics and handmade craftsmanship in its finest form.
These exquisite watches are handcrafted exclusively at the Shizukuishi Watch Studio, the birthplace of the world’s foremost mechanical watch and The Shinshu Watch Studio in Shiojiri where the exclusive Spring Drive watches are handcrafted. Located in Iwate Prefecture, the Shizukuishi watch studio plays a central role in the production of every Grand Seiko with a mechanical movement at its heart.
The Grand Seiko collection distinguishes itself through its near-perfect functionality in each of its individual parts. Its trademark precision, a result of the sheer skill of the craftsmen and women at Shizukuishi and Shinshu is what lends the final timepiece its extraordinary quality. Polished by skilled hands using a unique technique called Zaratsu polishing; the soft curves of the cases achieve a distortion-free, brilliant mirrored finish. The multi-faceted hands and indices sparkle in every light.
TITANIUM 60TH ANNIVERSARY RECREATION OF THE 1960 MECHANICAL ORIGINAL
The date was December 18, 1960. For some time, a determined team in Seiko’s Suwa facility in central Japan had been working on the creation of a watch that would be as precise, durable, comfortable and beautiful as humanly possible. On that day, the result of all their efforts was released. It was a watch with a 14k gold filled case and a slim movement whose precision met the highest international standard of the time. Such was the level of their achievement that it was decided to call the watch Grand Seiko. Now, in this special year, a new re-creation of the first Grand Seiko watch from 1960 takes its permanent place in the collection.
A NEW MANUAL-WINDING CALIBER. A NEW SLIM PROFILE.
A classic combination of a clean white dial and black crocodile strap create a perfect harmony. A curved dial with the hand-bent minute and power reserve hand gives the watch a classic look.
Capturing the essence of the seasons
The natural world is ever-present at the Grand Seiko Studio Shizukuishi, where this watch and all other mechanical Grand Seiko watches are made. The studio is tucked away in a quiet forest in northern Japan with the 2,000 meter high Mt. Iwate on the skyline, so it is no surprise that the team of TAKUMI, or master craftsmen and women, who bring these watches to life are influenced and inspired by the beautiful landscape that they see every day and by the ever-changing vistas that the seasons bring.
SBGM221 has long been a favourite in the Grand Seiko collection. It is an automatic watch with a GMT hand set above a deep ivory color dial. Its uniqueness lies in the shape of the case. While every angle is soft and rounded, there is a subtle triangle that catches the eye that dwells. Formed by the case at is widest and the Zaratsu polished edges to the lugs, it adds a sharp yet delicate distinction to this classic design.
A SPRING DRIVE GEM INSPIRED BY OMIWATARI
The 'Omiwatari' legend at Lake Susa has inspired the craftsmen and women at the nearby Shinshu Watch Studio to create a dial of exquisite subtlety for this hand-winding Spring Drive timepiece. It has the color, feel and texture of the snow-covered ice on Lake Suwa. The movement is Spring Drive Caliber 9R31 which has the Dual Spring Barrel that delivers a power reserve of 72 hours when fully wound. Its exquisite finishing is visible through the exhibition case-back along with the power reserve indicator.
The design embodies a pure classical elegance with a box-shaped sapphire crystal, Zaratsu polished lugs, and a blue steel seconds hand complementing the Snowflake dial.