This year Grand Seiko is celebrating its 60th Anniversary and to mark this special occasion, the Japanese watchmaker has gone all out, unveiling their most extravagant timepiece to date… The new Grand Seiko Masterpiece Collection Spring Drive 8 Days Jewelry Watch.
Meant for the debonair man, this 43mm timepiece sports a case made of platinum 950, finished with a form of zaratsu polishing that is specially adapted for working with platinum. The watch is powered by a Spring Drive 8 day Caliber 9R01 movement that delivers an accuracy rate of ±10 seconds a month and offers a power reserve of up to 192 hours or 8 days.v The caliber incorporates three barrels arranged in sequence to deliver the extended power reserve. The exquisite finishing of the one-piece bridge, designed in the image of Mt. Fuji, and the rubies, which evoke the lights of Suwa city, can be seen through the case back.
Impressive is clearly an understatement to describe the dial of the new Grand Seiko Masterpiece Collection Spring Drive 8 Days Jewelry Watch. Taking inspiration from the tiny ice crystals that shimmer on a cold, clear morning in the Shinshu region, the center of the dial has a “diamond dust” texture that creates a subtle sparkle. If you look carefully, you’ll notice the constellation of Leo subtly marked into the diamond dust textured dial. The hour and minute markers are in tapered baguette diamonds and blue sapphires, set over an 18k white gold base. The sapphire at twelve o’clock is slightly wider than the others to ensure perfect legibility. The radiance of 48 additional diamonds and 12 blue sapphires individually set around the markers, interplays wonderfully with the dial.
Limited to just 10 pieces the new Grand Seiko Masterpiece Collection Spring Drive 8 Days Jewelry Watch will be available from June 2020 onwards, at select Grand Seiko Boutiques.
Grand Seiko Masterpiece Collection Spring Drive 8 Days Jewelry Watch
Driving system: manual-winding
Accuracy: +/– 0.5 second per day (+/–10 seconds per month) Power reserve: 8 days (192 hours)
Power reserve indicator Independent hour hand adjustment Number of jewels: 56
Platinum 950 case and clasp with 96 diamonds (2.25 carat) and 25 blue sapphires (1.09 carat including crown)
Box shaped sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating See-through case back
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 43.0mm, Thickness: 13.5mm
Crocodile strap with three-fold clasp with push button release
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: €195,000 Limited edition of 10