Grand Seiko commends its 60th anniversary with the arrival of this 39mm, manual-winding, platinum Elegance model with a hand-engraved dial beautified with images identified with the legend of Shizukuishi. A second model in rose gold, likewise from the Elegance Collection, includes a green machine-engraved dial that brings out the brilliant green white birch trees situated close to the studio where the watch is made. The two models are fitted with manual-winding developments and, as anniversary editions, are limited editions.
The mountain view and legend of Shizukuishi
Three lines, Heritage , Elegance and Sport structure the center assortments of Grand Seiko, all fitted with standout developments and got done with conventional Japanese tender loving care and time-sharpened distinctive specialties. Since 2017, when Grand Seiko acquired self-rule from Seiko, the brand has situated itself as the very good quality arm of the Japanese watch brand. The Elegance line was presented in 2019 as GS’s dress watch with slimmer cases and gentler, more adjusted contours.
The Shizukuishi Watch Studio, situated in the Prefecture of Iwate isn’t just a best in class make but at the same time is home to 90 master skilled workers and ladies who are liable for the enriching highlights and cleaning of the watches and are equipped for executing fine acclimations to little tolerances.
Shizukuishi is eminent for its stupendous mountain landscape with the snow-covered Mount Iwate out of sight. As indicated by legend, an elderly person living in the district began to hear unusual sounds radiating from under an old cedar tree. Interested, townspeople followed the sound to its source and were directed to a profound, endless cavern. The sound was created by drops of water “shizuku” trickling from the roof. The sound of the water hitting the stones is known as “ishi” in Japanese and from that point forward the zone got known as Shizukuishi.
The embellishment of the dial and the hands of this Elegance model are enlivened by this inquisitive legend; the extremely sharp hands include a water bead theme and every hour marker bears the example of water sprinkling against a stone. Expert etcher Kiyoshi Terui and his little group have engraved all the beautiful highlights by hand, including the Grand Seiko name, the logo and the star over 6 o’clock. The dial is made of 18k white gold and the undertaking of hand-etching is delivered really testing given the somewhat bended surfaces the craftsmans need to work with, particularly on the external minutes/seconds track.
The 39mm platinum case has a stature of 11.8mm and highlights the staggering mirror-cleaned, twisting free completion we partner with GS watches. The opposite side of the fixed caseback ensuring the manual-winding development has a 18k yellow gold Grand Seiko lion. The platinum Grand Seiko 60th Anniversary Limited Edition SBGW263 is created in only 20 pieces and will retail for EUR 101,000.
White Birch Trees
The second Anniversary Elegance model comes in a 18k rose gold case and its fabulous green dial is designed with a complicated mathematical theme emanating from the middle. For this situation, the dial is machine-engraved by hand and the shading takes its motivation from the white birch trees near the studio. Like the trees with their white trunks and lively green leaves, the dial sparkles in green and white as the review point changes.
The case estimates 39mm in breadth and has a stature of 11.6mm and is flawlessly gotten done with reflect cleaned (Grand Seiko’s incredible Zaratzu method) and brushed surfaces. The remainder of the dial is regularly GS with precious stone formed records slice at the tip to mirror all the more light and cleaned to a mirror-like completion. The exemplary dauphine hands of Grand Seiko, with their carefully sharp edges and brushed upper surface difference to the brilliant clean of the focal seconds hand.
Also outfitted with manual-winding GS type 9S64, the development has a 72-hour/3-day power save, is impervious to attractive fields of 4,800 A/m and has a precision pace of +5 to – 3 seconds for every day.
This Grand Seiko 60th Anniversary Limited Edition SBGW264 in rose gold is delivered in 120 pieces and will retail for EUR 25,000. The two watches will be accessible from July 2020 in Grand Seiko Boutiques and Salons worldwide.
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