Starring updated iterations of popular models from the past and more.
Grand Seiko has unveiled its latest Watches & Wonders 2023 collection, which includes a variety of new designs, as well as several updated iterations of the Maison’s popular references from the past.
The Heritage Collection in Ever-Brilliant Steel
Leading the charge are five new 44GS models, which include updated and upgraded iterations of several well-known references from the Heritage Collection. The cases and bracelets are now attired in the uncommon Ever-Brilliant Steel, Grand Seiko’s very own alloy material known for its incredible corrosion-resistant qualities.
From the lineup, the SBGH299 and the SBGH301 both feature Mt. Iwate patterned dials, and are powered by the Hi-Beat 36000 9S85 automatic calibre. Due to release in April, these two pieces will be available to the brand’s boutiques and select retailers for the price of $6,900 USD each. The remaining three models will also be launching next month with a retail price of $7,200 USD. Powered by the 9S86 movement with an added GMT function, the SBGJ263 and SBGJ265 will also be available via official retailers, while the SBGJ267 will be a boutique-exclusive release.
Spring Drive SBGA481 “Tokyo Lion”
The Spring Drive SBGA481 “Tokyo Lion” is a new addition to the brand’s Prospex line of sports watches. The watch features a 44.5mm titanium case, a “lion’s mane” textured patterned dial, and is powered by the 9R65 automatic calibre. The “Tokyo Lion” is scheduled for an August release at Grand Seiko and across its retail partners with a price point of around $10,400 USD.
The Spring Drive 8-Day Jewelry Watch: SBGD213
The Spring Drive 8-Day Jewelry Watch is a new addition to the brand’s Heritage Collection. The watch features a 41mm white gold case, a mother-of-pearl dial, and is powered by the 9R15 Spring Drive calibre. The watch is scheduled for an August release at Grand Seiko and across its retail partners with a price point of around $21,000 USD.
Overall, the new Grand Seiko Watches & Wonders 2023 collection is a testament to the brand’s commitment to innovation and craftsmanship. The company continues to push the boundaries of watchmaking, and its latest collection is sure to impress even the most discerning watch enthusiast.
Spring Drive GMT “Mt. Hotaka Peaks” SBGE295
This new Spring Drive GMT from Grand Seiko’s Sport Collection is inspired by the magnificent view that surrounds its Shinshu Watch Studio in Nagano. Doused in rich verdant tones, the dial emulates the vastness and dynamic textures of the Hotaka mountain range. Accentuating the luscious center is a rotating, bi-directional bezel with a matching two-tone look, housed in a 44mm stainless steel case, and complete with a three-fold clasp bracelet.
The SBGE295 runs on the automatic 9R66 movement, boasting an accuracy of ±1 second per day / ±15 seconds per month, as well as a 72-hour power reserve. Priced at $6,200 USD, the timepiece will be available at Grand Seiko Boutiques as well as select retailers in July.
Elegance Spring Drive SBGY026 “Hana-ikada”
Welcoming the arrival of spring, Grand Seiko has unveiled the SBGY026. Its name, “Hana-ikada” describes a vista of cherry blossoms that flows and drifts along the rivers. This scenic image is translated onto the time-teller’s pink patterned dial, framed with a complementing 18-carat rose gold case and a reddish leather strap. Measuring 38.5mm in diameter, the watch houses a manual-winding 9R31 movement, implemented with 30 jewels, and boasting up to 72 hours of power reserve. Launching in April in a limited run of 100 pieces, the “Hana-ikada” will retail for around $27,500 USD via Grand Seiko and some of its authorized distributors.
Spring Drive Limited Edition SBGZ009
Due to release in June, this limited-edition Spring Drive timepiece is a product of Micro Artist Studio, a luxury atelier based in the Shinshu region of Japan. From the intricately engraved platinum case to the textured and metallic dial, the timepiece lives up to its wintry inspiration of a snow-filled birch forest. To accentuate this special timepiece’s brilliant shine, the diamond-cut marker, hour, and minute hands are all made of 14-carat white gold, accompanied by a seconds hand in a complementing gray hue. Bestowing the piece with its smooth gliding motion is the manual-winding calibre 9R02 which provides the $79,000 USD timepiece with 84 hours of running time.
Spring Drive 5 Days High-Intensity Titanium “Lake Suwa” SLGA019
Introduced as an extension of the limited-edition SLGA007 timepiece from 2021, the new “Lake Suwa” brings the iconic dial in a more widely available model. Just like the original, the watch centers around a patterned dial that emulates the gentle waves of Lake Suwa in a calming blue hue. Unlike the preceding reference, which featured gold-toned seconds hand and logos, the same facets are now doused in silver tone for the SLGA019. Powered by the automatic 97RA calibre, this 40mm watch is equipped with 120 hours of running time. Launching July only at Grand Seiko Salons and Boutiques, the new “Lake Suwa” will be priced at around $10,400 USD.
5 Day Diver’s 200m “Ushio” SLGA023
At Watches & Wonders Geneva last year, Grand Seiko premiered three Spring Drive sports timepieces that put emphasis on wearability and comfort, with improved legibility. From that drop, a 200m Spring Driver marks the Maison’s debut of implementing the 5-day-power-reserve 9RA5 calibre for a regular production diver’s watch. As a continuation, the new “Ushio” SLGA023 is also configured with the same automatic movement. Attired in a 43.8mm high-intensity titanium case with a blue ceramic bezel, the dial is meticulously engraved to evoke a tide-like effect that corresponds to its Japanese name. The watch is scheduled to release at the brand’s boutiques and select retailers in August with a price of $11,600 USD.
The Tentagraph SLGC001 is the first chronograph from Grand Seiko’s Evolution 9 Collection. Its 43.2mm titanium case is both lightweight and durable, and its ceramic bezel protects the dial from scratches. The dial is inspired by Mount Iwate and features a patterned design. Inside the watch is the revolutionary 9SA5 caliber, which beats ten times per second, for an astounding rate of 36,000 vibrations per hour. The Tentagraph SLGC001 will retail for $13,700 and will be available in June.
Women’s Elegance Collection
Grand Seiko is expanding its range of women’s wristwatches with three new stainless-steel references. The STGK019, STGK021, and STGK023 are all 27.8mm in diameter and 11.2mm thick, making them both elegant and comfortable to wear. They will retail for $9,500, $9,000, and $5,700, respectively. The STGK019 features a soft pink dial, accented with a diamond-set bezel and indices. The STGK021 has a pearlescent white dial and a diamond-set bezel. The STGK023 has a blue dial and a smooth steel bezel. All three watches are powered by the 9S27 calibre, which is accurate to ±1 second per day. They are also water resistant to 50 meters.
Grand Seiko watches are available for purchase on the company’s website and at select retailers.
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