After Grand Seiko launched the SLGH003 in a limited edition in October, highlighting the High-Beat movement with a new escapement, it now launches the SLGH005 “White Birch”, with the same movement, but as a regular and not limited edition. If the SLGH003 had as its main dish as we already said its movement, the new SLGH005 has as its main dish the dial… and what a dial.
The Grand Seiko is known not only for producing great movements, but above all amazing dials and this dial is undoubtedly out of this world, all those who were amazed by Snowflake will have their heads spinning with “White Brinch”, because it’s just phenomenal, of course seeing in photos is not the same thing as seeing in hands, but let’s be honest, we’re talking about Grand Seiko, I don’t remember hearing until today of any of its releases whose photos have turned out to be opposite to reality. But after all, what makes the dial of the SLGH005 its greatest asset, it is a textured dial that reproduces the white birch that according to Grand Seiko, can be found in northern Japan near the Grand Seiko Studio Shizukuishi where this watch is produced and that conveys the spirit of nature of time.
The new SLGH005 is offered in a 44GS-style steel case with a Zaratsu polishing, drilled lugs and sapphire glass on the front and also on the case back, where you can observe its ornate movement working. On the dial in addition to the textured dial we talked about in the previous paragraph, it comes with indexes, date window frame and hands with sharp-edges and Zaratsu polishing and a central second hand in a petrol blue.
The 9SA5 calibre offers a high-frequency movement of 36,000 vibrations per hour, equipped with a double-impulse escapement and offering up to 80 hours of power reserve.
The watch is offered with a Zaratsu polishing steel bracelet and comes with a three-fold clasp with push-button release.
For me, the dial is one of the most beautiful produced by Grand Seiko, which together with its High-Beat movement makes it a temptation, unfortunately, we cannot have all the watches, but at least we can admire them and this one certainly deserves it.
Brand: Grand Seiko
Dial: White birch texture pattern
Case Material: Stainless steel
Case Dimensions: 40 mm diameter, 11.7 mm thickness
Crystal: Sapphire Glass
Case Back: Sapphire Glass
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Frequency: 36,000 Vph
Power Reserve: 80 Hours
Price: € 9,500
Limited Edition: No