Grand Seiko Elegance Collection – Urushi Dials and a New Hand-Wound Calibre

Grand Seiko watches are unquestionably incredible pieces. With a plan all their own and a general nature of execution that is certain (for both the mechanics and the habillage), not many of Seiko’s watches can be delegated exquisite dress pieces with slight profiles. For Baselworld 2019, Grand Seiko accepts the way of slimness and refinement, with a fresh out of the box new collection of four watches named the “Grand Seiko Elegance Collection”. Another plan, the utilization of Urushi enamel for the dials (a first for GS) and another movement… Let’s investigate the new references SBGK002, SBGK004, SBGK005 and SBGK006.

Grand Seiko Elegance Collection – another, more refined design

With its new “Elegance Collection”, Grand Seiko presents a variety of new highlights on its watches. Truth be told, everything is new here, beginning with the case. Typically sharp and rakish, Grand Seiko watches can in some cases do not have a touch of refinement and regularly decide on a more easygoing, sportier clothing. The new collection, as shown by its name, is more centered around elegance and tact. Without being entirely unexpected from different watches created by the Japanese brand – we can locate some common components, for example, the aspect on the inside side of the hauls – the case seems gentler, more adjusted, despite the fact that still very “integrated”. There’s for sure no boundary line between the casebands and the drags (something regular of numerous GS watches). In any case, the Grand Seiko Elegance Collection looks and feels… more elegant!

In terms of extents, the brand has settled on a moderately little width of 39mm – current, appropriate for most wrist sizes, and adjusted to business clothing. The brand promotes this new collection as “slim”. With a 11.6mm profile, it is surely more slender than most watches of the brand, nonetheless, not a watch that befits the “ultra-thin” classification by the same token. The case is topped by a profoundly domed sapphire precious stone and highlights a fairly little crown.

The cases are finished in the standard thing, wonderful Grand Seiko way, with cleaned and brushed surfaces. The mirror-completed parts are acquired by a unique Zaratsu technique made to highlight the magnificence of the bended surfaces.

The collection comprises four models – 2 in rose gold (SBGK002, SBGK004), 1 in steel (SBGK005), with every one of the 3 being restricted underway and 1 non-restricted model in yellow gold (SBGK006). All the watches are worn on crocodile lashes, with pin clasps (gold models) or a deployment clasp (steel version).

Grand Seiko Elegance Collection – Urushi dials (and more)

For the first run through, Grand Seiko is utilizing Urushi (Japanese finish) dials. We’ve seen various Seiko Presage watches with such dials – here or here – however never in the better quality collection. Note that the dials are domed on all models, adding to the elegance and somewhat vintage feel of these watches.

This unique and amazing method of Urushi veneer may be accessible on the two rose gold, restricted release models (SBGK002, SBGK004). The primary model, reference SBGK002, shows a finished golden hued dial. It is produced using a straightforward and durable Urushi that comes from trees filled in and around the town of Joboji that lies under Mt. Iwate, the mountain that rules the horizon over the Shizukuishi Watch Studio. Through the golden hued “Suki-Urushi” enamel can be seen the unpretentious Mt. Iwate design that uncovers the watchmakers’ pride in the common excellence that encompasses their home.

The other rose gold model, the reference SBGK004, additionally a restricted release, includes a more old style – yet at the same time great – dark finish dial, still Urushi, which uses a similar polish blended in with iron to give it its particular profound pure black tone. The tone is rich and the surface has a gleaming sheen.

On the two manifestations, the hour markers and the “GS” letters are finished with the customary Maki-e strategy by Urushi ace Isshu Tamura in his studio in Kanazawa, on the west shore of Japan’s primary island. Through the use of significantly more than one layer of finish, these markers are given a three-dimensional profile and a sensitive yet solid presence on the dial. Tamura at that point applies the powder, either 24k gold or platinum, and afterward cleans them by hand utilizing his own uncommon devices to give Maki-e its carefully sparkling appearance.

The steel variant, reference SBGK005, portrays a similar surface as the rose gold model, yet with a more old style painted dial, here introduced in blue with applied records. The normal creation model, in yellow gold ref. SBGK006, has a white opaline dial with applied lists and hands dressed in gold.

Grand Seiko Elegance Collection – New Hand-wound Calibre 9S63

Not just has Grand Seiko come up with another plan, however this “Elegance Collection” additionally includes another development, type 9S63. While dependent on a known design – the 9Sxx that has commended its 20th-commemoration a year ago and that is the foundation of the brand – it presents new complications.

This hand-wound type 9S63 highlights hours and minutes in the middle yet disposes of the focal seconds and rather shows it in a sub-dial at 9 o’clock and adds a force hold marker at 3 o’clock.

The development is enhanced in the regular GS style, with striping and cleaned chamfers. The steel model offers a marginally unique enhancement, with a blue lion mark and tempered screws. This development beats at 4Hz and brags 72 hours power reserve.

Price and availability

The new Grand Seiko Elegance Collection comprises 3 restricted releases and 1 standard creation model:

  • SBGK002 (rose gold, earthy colored dial) – restricted to 150 pieces – EUR 31,400
  • SBGK004 (rose gold, dark dial) – restricted to 150 pieces – EUR 31,400
  • SBGK005 (steel, blue dial) – restricted to 1,500 pieces – EUR 7,400
  • SBGK006 (yellow gold, white dial) – non-restricted – EUR 20,700

The three restricted versions will be accessible as of March 2019 and the non-restricted release as of July 2019. This arrangement will be accessible at Grand Seiko and Seiko Boutiques and chose retail accomplices around the world. More subtleties at www.grand-seiko.com .