Being enlivened by its nation of beginning is a common subject at Grand Seiko . Glad for being Japanese, the brand depends on exemplary creativity and culture to make dials that reflect Nippon landscape or neighborhood craftsmanship, for example, the Snowflake model or the Elegance assortment with Urushi dials . Part of the Grand Seiko Heritage Collection, another limited edition model has recently been given a dial reflecting autumn in Japan. Meet the new Limited Edition SBGH269 Hi-Beat.
This new autumn-motivated watch depends on an exemplary model in the Heritage assortment, the 36000 Hi-Beat watch, which can be found as normal models under the references SBGH201 (white dial) and SBGH205 (dark dial). In this occurrence, the Autumn SBGH269 depends on generally visual and mechanical particulars, with the expansion of another (and really extraordinary) dial, just as an exceptional enrichment for the movement.
Let’s first glance at what is common to this limited edition and the remainder of the 36000 Hi-Beat models. This new reference SBGH269 comes in a proportional 39.5mm case made of tempered steel. It includes the mark instance of the brand, with sharp points, faceted interior piece of the carries, straight case groups and a level cleaned bezel. The surfaces are done in Grand Seiko’s conventional way, which means a sublime gloss because of the Zaratsu (twisting free) cleaning strategy, combined with brushed areas.
The Grand Seiko Heritage “Autumn” Limited Edition SBGH269 is worn on a 3-connect tempered steel wristband, outfitted with a three-overlap fasten with press button discharge. The watch has a lively style and offers a strong 100m water-obstruction. Different particulars incorporate a 13mm tallness and a general load of 154 grams, arm band included.
Powering this SBGH269 is the notable type 9S85, an exact programmed development with a focal rotor and, principle explicitness, a hey beat recurrence of 5Hz – or 36,000 vibrations each hour. This development shows the hours, minutes and seconds, just as a date at 3 o’clock. The force save is of 55 hours and the exactness is accounted for at +5 to – 3 seconds out of every day (which, knowing Grand Seiko, is more than cautious).
What varies in this Autumn Limited Edition SBGH269 at that point? Essentially, the dial. The dial is said to reflect “the view found in the bumpy regions of Japan in which the leaves progressively go to a dark red as the season changes from summer to autumn“. The dial includes an extraordinary dim red tone with a slope impact over a vertical example, as “reflected in the lacquered wooden floors of conventional Japanese architecture“. This dial is interspersed by gold-hued highlights on the seconds hand, the moment markers and the applied GS logo. Mark faceted hands and applied lists are found too.
Also new to this model is the explicitly improved development, with a titanium rotor that has been anodised to a blue-green tone, portraying “the shade of green leaves that have not yet been colored in red, permitting the occasional movements to be felt“.
Price and availability
The Grand Seiko Heritage Autumn Limited Edition SBGH269 is a limited edition of 900 pieces, which will be accessible later this Autumn 2019. It will be estimated at USD 6,400 or EUR 6,800 (versus USD 5,800 for the SBGH201 and SBGH205). More subtleties at grand-seiko.com .