Grand Seiko brightens up our morning by presenting no under 4 new references in their Elegance assortment. In addition to the fact that they come up with another hand-wound development (caliber 9S63), they also acquaint you with their new 39mm case design.
Let’s have a nearer look.
Grand Seiko Elegance Hand-Wound
This news hit us early today (4:20am local time). Another development is something big, as always, and especially when it was already 8 years ago since the last hand-wound Grand Seiko development was presented. Today, Grand Seiko uncovers their caliber 9S63 development. A development with a small seconds hand at 9 o’clock and a force save indicator at 3 o’clock. The new Grand Seiko Elegance watches with this caliber 9S63 development have a 3-days power hold. Grand Seiko claims an accuracy of – 3/+5 seconds a day with this new development, more exacting than the – 4/+6 chronometer certification. The competition is as yet solid however, with Rolex offering – 2/+2 and Omega with their 0/+5 seconds a day deviation.
Grand Seiko Elegance Dials
The new Grand Seiko Elegance references (SBGK002, SBGK004, SBGK005 and SBGK006) also have a thin case plan, with a thickness of 11.6mm. But what makes them really special, as it frequently accomplishes for Grand Seiko, are the dial configurations. The rose gold models (two out of four references) will have the Urushi lacquered dial. Curiously, Seiko presented this lacquering strategy first on one of their Presage models, as you can read in our article from last November . We also explain the Urushi lacquering strategy in that article for you.
The amber hued dial on the rose gold Grand Seiko Elegance SBGK002) ought to help us to remember the trees that develop around Joboji, a town under the famous Mt. Iwate. Talking about this mountain near the Shizukuishi Watch Studio, it’s the pattern of the Mt. Iwate that has been utilized for the stainless steel Grand Seiko Elegance SBGK005. The other rose gold reference (SBGK004) of the new Grand Seiko Elegance models, has a profound ebony lacquered dial tone. The fourth Grand Seiko Elegance model, with reference SBGK006, has a yellow gold case and a white dial. Grand Seiko indicates that this model will be added to the assortment in July this year. No word on the dial, but it appears to be enamel.
The dials have a slight arch and the central moment hand and force save indicator hand are bent to match the bend of the dial.
The cases have received the famous Zaratsu (reflect blade) cleaning procedure as most Grand Seiko watches do. It enhances the bends of the case and gives them this ideal sparkle. The disadvantage, as some of you proprietors may know, is that each scratch on a Zaratsu cleaned surface damages like there’s no tomorrow and this can be just fixed in the Grand Seiko workshops in Japan.
Three out of the four new Grand Seiko Elegance references are a restricted version. The 18-carat rose gold watches with Urushi dials are restricted to 150 pieces each, while the stainless steel reference with its blue Mt. Iwate pattern dial is restricted to 1500 pieces. The yellow gold reference that will be added in July 2019, will be part of the permanent assortment. Actually, I would have done this another way. Make all of the gold watches restricted versions and the stainless steel model part of the permanent assortment. But, eventually, I also realize that restricted versions turn out best for brands nowadays. The disadvantage for the brand is that if a beautiful watch like the stainless steel model with blue Mt. Iwate quits fooling around demand, they might have accomplished more business when there were in excess of 1500 pieces. The gold watches will probably have restricted demand because of their value point already. Then again, it will also allow Grand Seiko to come up with new dial adaptations of the steel rendition for this new Elegance hand-wound assortment. Which I earnestly trust they do. The three restricted releases will be available as of March. It makes us can’t help thinking about what more they will have available for us then during BaselWorld one month from now. We are excited!
In any case, here’s the outline of the new Grand Seiko Elegance references and their prices:
SBGK002 – 18-carat rose gold case, amber shading Urushi dial, restricted to 150 pieces, €31.400,=
SBGK004 – 18-carat rose gold case, dark black shading Urushi dial, restricted to 150 pieces, €31.400,=
SBGK005 – stainless steel case, blue Mt. Iwate pattern dial, restricted to 1500 pieces, €7.400,=
SBGK006, 18-carat yellow gold case, white (enamel?) dial, regular assortment, €20.700,=
Grand Seiko Elegance SBGK002 Grand Seiko Elegance SBGK004 Grand Seiko Elegance SBGK005 Grand Seiko Elegance SBGK006
As of now, these watches are also on the official Grand Seiko .