In this year’s edition of Watches and Wonders, Grand Seiko presented two very interesting watches, which we are now going to talk about.
The brand’s first fully mechanical chronograph is housed in an angular shape case in titanium measuring 43.2mm by 15.3mm, features a brushed finish that alternates with polished bevels, black ceramic tachymeter bezel, box-shaped sapphire crystal, screwed crown with guards and two pushers that give chronograph life.
The dial features a dark blue background with the “Mt. Iwate” pattern on which three counters are positioned, at 3-6-9 o’clock, a date window at 4 1/2 o’clock, applied faceted hour markers and hands filled with luminescent material and a central seconds chronograph hand.
Inside is the Caliber 9SA5 high-frequency movement, a column wheel chronograph with a vertical clutch, which operates at 36,600 Vph and offers up to 72 hours of power reserve thanks to its two barrels.
The new chronograph comes with a titanium bracelet to match the case and can be purchased for €14,300.
SBGZ009 “Majestic White Birch”
This beautiful watch is one of our picks from this year’s Watches and Wonders edition and stands out for its fully hand-engraved case. A remarkable work carried out by the artisans of the Grand Seiko Micro Artist Studio.
This watch, part of the brand’s Masterpiece collection, differs from other editions by extending the hand engraving of the dial under the theme “Birch” to the entire platinum case measuring 38.5mm in diameter and 9.8mm thick. The process is not simple and goes through several stages, first receiving a full Zaratsu polish in order to create a mirror effect that later manages to create a distortion effect with the surface engraved by hand.
The dial also under the “Birch” motif which can be seen as an extension of the case features 14k white gold applied diamond-cut hour markers and dauphine hands, as well as a grey central seconds hand.
Inside, it is equipped with the 39-jewel Caliber 9R02 manual movement that, thanks to its two barrels, offers up to 84 hours of power reserve. The movement can be seen through the sapphire glass of the case back, which is meticulously decorated, highlighting the power reserve indicator at 2 o’clock and the 18k gold plate on the bottom engraved with the inscription “Micro Artist”.
The watch comes with a black leather strap with a white gold clasp, is restricted to 50 pieces as it is a limited edition and can be purchased for a price of €80,000.