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New watches from Grand Seiko, Carl F. Bucherer and Patek Philippe; and more

— 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.

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