With the new Elegance Collection, Grand Seiko introduces a new design direction made conceivable by the adoption of a new movement, the hand-wound Caliber 9S63, offering a little seconds hand at the 9 o’clock position and a power reserve indicator at 3 o’clock.
This rich design is ideal to stress the excellence of the curved dials, protected by domed sapphire crystals. The moment and power reserve indicator hands are additionally bowed so they follow exactly the contour of the dials.
Characterized by a thin profile, the 39 mm x 11.6 mm case is polished utilizing a restrictive technique known as Zaratsu or blade cleaning which is performed via carefully applying a turning tin plate against the case at a very precise point. The subsequent surface is so exceptionally polished that it looks black from certain points. Waterproof to 30 meters/100 feet, this case is likewise impervious to magnetic fields up to 4,800 A/m.
Beating at a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vph), the Caliber 9S63 has a power reserve of 72 hours and delivers an accuracy pace of +5 to – 3 seconds per day. The blue lion mark and tempered screws can be seen through the sapphire case back.
So far Grand Seiko presented four references in the Elegance Collection.
The initial two models are crafted from rose gold and come with golden or pure black dials decorated utilizing a typical Japanese technique, Urushi lacquer.
On these creations, the hour markers and the “GS” letters are decorated with the traditional Maki-e technique: through the application of many a layer of lacquer, these markers are given a three dimensional profile and a delicate yet solid presence on the dial. A gold or platinum powder is then applied and polished by hand until a shining appearance is achieved.
Limited editions of 150 pieces each, the Grand Seiko Elegance in rose gold with Urushi golden dial (ref. SBGK002) or with Urushi dark black dial (ref. SBGK004) have a price of Euro 31,400.
Combining a tempered steel case with an engaging blue dial, the third creation (ref. SBGK005) is an edition of 1,500 pieces with a price of Euro 7,400.
In the fourth model (ref. SBGK006), a yellow gold case, a clean white dial and a brown crocodile lash create a troupe of extraordinary concordance.
The three limited editions (SBGK002, SBGK004, SBGK005) will be available from March 2019 while the model in yellow gold (SBGK006) will be added to the perpetual Grand Seiko collection in July 2019. grand-seiko.com