Like most Japanese folks, Grand Seiko has all the time displayed an in depth affinity to nature. Dials impressed by the altering seasons, the feel of tree bark, the twinkling stars of a night time sky and even the fragile color of cherry blossom petals, are recurring themes at Grand Seiko. The setting of Grand Seiko’s manufacture is deliberately studied to encourage the takumi (grasp artisans), and most Grand Seiko mechanical watches (not Spring Drive calibres) are crafted within the Shizukuishi Studio situated in a forest within the Iwate prefecture, house to the imposing Mount Iwate. Two new references with textured dials impressed by nature, the SBGW283 Spring and the SBGW285 Summer season, be a part of Grand Seiko’s Magnificence assortment. A compact, elegant and disarmingly easy hand-wound, time-only watch, the SBGWXXX sequence is full of refined particulars that abide by the tenets laid down within the Grammar of Design by Grand Seiko designer TaroTanaka.
Not like the Western world’s considerably arbitrary 4 seasons, Nippon tradition has 24 small seasons generally known as sekki. The seasons represented on the dial of those two fashions are spring and summer time, however in true Japanese type, they’re captured at very totally different moments. The pale blue Kishun mannequin (SBGW283) marks the transition of spring to summer time and is impressed by the sunshine blue skies above Mount Iwate; the darkish inexperienced Byōka dial (SBGW285) marks the transition from summer time to autumn when the leaves within the forests round Shizukuishi are a deep inexperienced color.
The chrome steel case, which has a diameter of 37.3mm and a peak of 11.6mm, is a reasonably easy but elegantly proportioned spherical case. Nonetheless, that is Grand Seiko territory, and a more in-depth inspection will reveal the model’s shut consideration to element. The marginally angled bezel and quick bevelled lugs create the specified juxtaposition of sharp angles and rounded surfaces. In distinction, the Zaratsu-polished surfaces create a gleaming, distortion-free floor (Tanaka’s “sparkle of high quality).
The domed, gentle blue and vivid inexperienced dials of the most recent fashions are subtly textured and have the sharply faceted and polished utilized hour markers that play with the sunshine. The fingers, that are additionally faceted and polished, are so sharp you possibly can minimize by way of silk. Other than the GS brand and the Grand Seiko inscription at midday, the one different ingredient on the dial is the peripheral minutes/seconds monitor. Easy but placing, there is no such thing as a date complication jostling for consideration.
Turning the Grand Seiko SBGW231 over reveals the 9S64 calibre tucked underneath a see-though caseback and a mirror-polished flange. Calibre 9S64 is a mechanical, manual-winding motion launched into the Grand Seiko line in 2011. Because of a thinner and longer mainspring fabricated from Seiko’s proprietary alloy (SPRON510), the motion can ship a 72-hour/3-day energy reserve. The steadiness spring can be fabricated from a extremely shock-resistant and anti-magnetic alloy. The watch is adjusted in six positions, and its timekeeping precision is -3 to +5 seconds per day. With a stop-seconds perform in addition, all of the parts within the dial, together with the ruby pivot stones, are made in-house. The bridges are embellished with Seiko stripes and canopy many of the motion, though you’ll be able to see the steadiness wheel oscillating at 28,800vph and the ratchet wheel.
Word: the watches offered right here have been worn on calf leather-based straps with patterns on account of export rules. These will not be remaining merchandise.
In tune with the development for accessorising your watch strap, there’s a large selection of various colored crocodile leather-based straps with chrome steel pin buckles.
Availability & Value
Each references (SBGW283 and SBGW285) retail for EUR 4,800 and at the moment are accessible at Grand Seiko retailers. These will not be restricted editions and can be found worldwide. For extra info, please seek the advice of Grand-Seiko.com.