SEIKO

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The Grand Seiko and Astron lines en­cap­su­late the best of the watch­maker’s prow­ess

THE GRAND SEIKO AND ASTRON ARE TWO SIDES OF A COIN, HER­ITAGE AND MODER­NITY BOUND BY ONE PHI­LOS­O­PHY. 24:7 AND SEIKO PRESENT TH­ESE BEAU­TI­FULLY CRAFTED TIME­PIECES BORN FROM A TRA­DI­TION OF QUAL­ITY WATCH­MAK­ING.

THE GRAND SEIKO

Two years ago, SEIKO reis­sued the first Grand Seiko to mark the com­pany’s 130th an­niver­sary. The first limited edi­tion from the brand’s pre­mium Grand Seiko line to be mar­keted and sold world­wide, this spe­cial timepiece was well re­ceived by col­lec­tors.

This year, SEIKO con­tin­ued to hon­our its her­itage by re­mak­ing the 44GS of 1967, dis­tin­guished by its an­gu­lar and highly pol­ished case. Its de­sign was a land­mark for Grand Seiko, as it laid out the de­sign prin­ci­ples that still shape the aes­thetic of its watches to­day.

Like the ear­lier an­niver­sary edi­tion, the 44GS re­make is a faith­ful replica of the orig­i­nal, right down to the 37.9mm case di­am­e­ter.

De­spite its vin­tage aes­thet­ics, it is very much a watch for to­day; with all the tech­nol­ogy and de­tails ex­pected of a Grand Seiko. Equipped with a three-day power re­serve, the man­ual wind 9S64 move­ment is made in-house by SEIKO and fea­tures the brand’s pro­pri­etary es­cape wheel and pal­let fork.

On the out­side, the most dis­tinc­tive ele­ments are the broad, pol­ished flanks of the case. This is pol­ished by hand us­ing a spe­cial tech­nique us­ing a tin plate known as zaratsu which re­sults in an ex­tremely flat sur­face, sim­i­lar to the spec­u­laire or black polishing tech­nique some­times ap­plied by Swiss watch­mak­ers on steel com­po­nents in high-end move­ments.

All four ver­sions of the 44GS reis­sue – steel and the three colours of gold – share the same case and fin­ish­ing tech­nique.

SEIKO has also cre­ated an­other pair of limited edi­tions that are a mod­ern in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the 44GS. Both are iden­ti­cal save for the dial colour.

In steel cases with match­ing bracelets, this pair has the same wide, slop­ing case sides found in the 44GS, as well as sim­i­lar hands and hour mark­ers. At 40mm they are sig­nif­i­cantly larger than their vin­tagestyle cousins, and there­fore more suited to con­tem­po­rary tastes.

Un­like the spare 44GS re­make, they fea­ture all the con­ve­niences of watch­mak­ing, like an au­to­matic move­ment and a date func­tion. In an­other con­ces­sion to moder­nity, both are fit­ted with a dis­play back, re­veal­ing the 9S65 move­ment in­side which has a three-day power re­serve.

The re­make of the clas­sic Grand Seiko

44GS re­vives the her­itage of the brand’s

most iconic line.

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