Last year at Baselworld, Seiko released an entirely new concept for the Grand Seiko. Ever since the Spring Drive 8 day Power Reserve has been a talking piece amongst enthusiasts. It is the first Grand Seiko to ever be made at their micro-artist studio in Shiojiri, Japan, where many of Seiko’s high end timepieces are made including the famed Credor Minute Repeater and Eichi.
Earlier today, Seiko announced the release of its all new 43mm Grand Seiko Spring Drive 8 Day Power Reserve in 18 carat Rose Gold with a black dial. Seiko’s calling it ‘the beauty of Japan, inspired by the night sky in the mountains that surround the Micro Artist studio’. And you’ll see exactly why in just a second.
If you look closely, the dial seems like it has been sprinkled with stardust. This is all done in-house thanks to a special process that combines both plating and painting, giving it that twinkling effect. This simply adds extra depth and richness to the dial, and black of course, being the perfect backdrop.
The razor edge polishing of the hands and markers and exquisite sharp mirror finish achieved by their Zaratsu technique (or blade polishing* – a centuries old method of hand polishing Japanese swords) gives this creation the unique Grand Seiko signature.
The sapphire case back reveals the movement (Caliber 9R01), the exquisite finishing of the one-piece bridge, the rubies and the power reserve indicator. According to Seiko, the one-piece bridge ensures the precise positioning of each wheel in the gear train and maximises the efficiency of the transmission power from the barrels. Its rigidity also prevents distortion in the event of an impact or shock. The outline of Mt. Fuji emerges from the shape of the bridge and the highly polished rubies and tempered blue screws evoke the lights of the city of Suwa below the studio’s home.
Available September on wards with a price tag of just around 80K (Australian Dollars)