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— Last year, Seiko’s Micro Artist Studio released the first Grand Seiko Spring Drive 8 Day Power Reserve watch in a platinum case. e latest version comes with an 18k-rose-gold case and features a black dial said to be inspired by the night sky in the mountains that surround the studio.
Inside the 43-mm case, and under a sapphire crystal with nonreflective coating, the black dial of the new Spring Drive 8 Day Power Reserve appears sprinkled with stardust, the result of a special process that combines plating and painting. e sparkling, night-sky effect is enhanced by the five-faceted hands and hour markers, which are razor-edge-polished and have been given a mirrored finish by means of Seiko’s Zaratsu polishing technique, achieved by holding the case against a rotating tin plate at a very precise angle. e rose-gold case measures a modest 13.2 mm in diameter and is water resistant to 100 meters.
Seiko’s manual-winding Spring Drive Caliber 9R01, with its unusual one-piece bridge in the shape of Japan’s Mount Fuji, offers 192 hours of power reserve.
e Grand Seiko Spring Drive 8 Day Power Reserve (Ref. SBGD202) comes on a brown crocodile leather strap with a folding clasp made of 18k rose gold. Available in September 2017, the watch is priced at $42,000.