Grand Seiko

WatchTime - - Interview - Antonio Jaramillo -

Since its creation in 1960, ev­ery Grand Seiko watch has demon­strated a con­sis­tent com­mit­ment to the pure es­sen­tials of watch­mak­ing. Pre­ci­sion, leg­i­bil­ity and beauty are the at­tributes that have al­ways de­fined Grand Seiko. To­day, Grand Seiko mar­ries iconic char­ac­ter­is­tics of the brand to cre­ate the first ever U.S. ex­clu­sive col­lec­tion.

In­spired by a Ja­panese paint­ing tech­nique called Ki­razuri, true to its trans­la­tion “sparkling paint­ing,” the lus­trous dial takes a life of its own. Com­monly found in ukiyo-e paint­ings to cre­ate tex­ture to the back­ground of Kabuki ac­tors, the in­spired tech­nique adds depth and emo­tion to the time­piece in move­ment and light. De­signed in plat­inum PT950, 18k rose gold and stain­less steel, the dial on the plat­inum model has an ad­di­tional plat­ing process to cre­ate its unique tex­ture and sparkle, while the unique blue dial of the stain­less steel model shares in­flu­ences from the clear blue skies over the Sea of Ja­pan.

As­sem­bled at the Shin­shu Watch Stu­dio in Ja­pan, where all Grand Seiko 9R Spring Drive are man­u­fac­tured and cre­ated, the Spring Drive 9R15/65 time­pieces are de­signed, ad­justed and tested by hand, by ac­claimed crafts­men and women. A com­pletely unique cal­iber, Spring Drive is pow­ered solely by the mo­tive force of a main­spring, as any lux­ury me­chan­i­cal watch. What dis­tin­guishes it is its use of an ex­clu­sive es­cape­ment sys­tem us­ing three dif­fer­ent forms of en­ergy (me­chan­i­cal, elec­tric, and elec­tro­mag­netic) to reg­u­late its pre­ci­sion. This mech­a­nism, known as the Tri-syn­chro Reg­u­la­tor, en­ables an as­tound­ing pre­ci­sion nearly unattain­able by any other me­chan­i­cal watch. In both per­for­mance and ap­pear­ance, it ex­presses the very best of Grand Seiko’s watch­mak­ing.

Both dial and move­ment are en­closed in the iconic 44GS case de­sign and dual-curved sap­phire crys­tal. The

per­fectly flat and mir­ror pol­ished sur­faces shaped by Zaratsu fin­ish­ing cre­ate a sense of har­mony be­tween the

light and shadow. The gra­di­ent ex­pres­sions of light and shadow found in Grand Seiko are based on Ja­panese aes­thetic. With­out one there can­not be the other. This prin­ci­ple changed the stan­dard of Grand Seiko de­sign from 1967 for­ward.

All three lim­ited edi­tions are avail­able at se­lect Grand Seiko re­tail part­ners and Grand Seiko bou­tiques in the United States.

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