GRAND SEIKO IMPRESSIVE NEW LIMITED EDITION RELEASES - APRIL 2022 NEWS
Grand Seiko has released two extraordinary and very high-end timepieces at the 2022 Watches and Wonders fair in Geneva. The first is the Grand Seiko 'White Lion' Masterpiece Collection Spring Drive 8 Day Jewellery Watch, a limited edition of only 5 pieces. The second is the Grand Seiko 'Kodo' Constant-force Tourbillon, a limited edition of 20 available in October this year.
SBGD209 - Grand Seiko Masterpiece Collection - Spring Drive 8 Day Jewellery Watch
The white lion, a Grand Seiko jewellery timepiece of rare craftsmanship.
Driving system: manual-winding
Power reserve: 8 days (192 hours)
Accuracy: ± 0.5 second per day (± 10 seconds per month)
Power reserve indicator
Independent hour hand adjustment
Number of jewels: 56
267 diamonds (94 on the dial, 60 on the bezel, 112 on the case, 1 in the crown. 5.97 carat in all)
26 black spinel (0.88 carat)
Platinum 950 case and clasp
Dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
See-through screw case back
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 44.5mm, Thickness: 14.4mm
Crocodile strap with three-fold clasp with push button release
Limited edition of 5
When, in 2020, Grand Seiko introduced a jewellery watch into the Masterpiece Collection for the first time, its design evoked the landscape of the region where it was created. Today sees the introduction of another Spring Drive jewellery timepiece whose craftsmanship is of the same high standard but whose inspiration is very different. Since 1960, the lion has symbolised the strength of Grand Seiko but now it finds a new expression. The white lion has arrived.
The strength and power of the lion are still at the heart of this watch, but the white lion has a beauty that is as striking as it is rare. Sparkling diamonds, black spinels, white gold and Platinum 950 combine to create a stunning timepiece of exquisite artistry. It is offered in a limited edition of just five and will be presented at selected Grand Seiko Boutiques in May 2022.
While the strong and angular lugs speak of the power of the lion and the graceful tresses of its mane are reflected in the pattern on the dial, it is the jewels that attract the eye. 112 diamonds are embedded in the upper surfaces of the case and a further 60 baguette diamonds surround the dial on the bezel. No fewer than 94 diamonds are set in the dial, contrasting with the 26 black spinels to create a stunningly intricate effect. The seconds hand is tempered to a perfect grey colour to match the overall tone and a single brilliant-cut diamond is set into the crown.
On the dial, the carefully selected spinels and baguette diamonds are tapered and serve as minute and hour markers. All these gems are set by hand between a very thin pair of 18ct white gold rails by the most skilled of the jewellery craftsmen and women in the Shinshu Watch Studio in Shiojiri. The diamonds on the bezel are also set by hand with a precision that allows the light on their table surfaces to flow evenly, as if the bezel were a single surface. The same high level of jewellery expertise is to be seen on the lugs where the diamonds are set so exactly that they also seem to create a single, flat surface.
The case is made of Platinum 950 and has the sharply defined edges and prominent ridges that are among the central characteristics of Grand Seiko. This is achieved by the cold forging of the case and by a special kind of Zaratsu polishing that was designed especially for Platinum 950.
The combination of the muscular case design and the exquisite detail of the gemstones is strikingly unusual. Powerful yet graceful, just like the white lion itself, this new Grand Seiko Masterpiece Collection watch has a beauty all of its own.
A Spring Drive movement with eight days of power and a view of Mt. Fuji
The watch is powered by the Spring Drive 8-day Calibre 9R01 which was created by the Micro Artist Studio, the elite team of watchmakers who create all the Spring Drive watches in the Masterpiece Collection and whose home is in the same Shiojiri facility as the Shinshu Studio. Calibre 9R01 delivers an accuracy rate of ±10 seconds per month and offers a power reserve of eight days, or 192 hours, when fully wound. It incorporates three barrels arranged in sequence to deliver the extended power reserve. This is shown by an indicator visible through the sapphire crystal case back along with the exquisite finishing of the one-piece bridge, designed in the image of Mt. Fuji.
SLGT003 - Grand Seiko Kodo Constant-force Tourbillon
The name Kodo is the Japanese word for heartbeat and perfectly describes the openworked design of the watch that offers a view of the beating heart of Grand Seiko’s calibre 9STL. Not one but two metals have been used to craft the 43.8mm case, which is made from platinum 950 and Grand Seiko’s proprietary Brilliant Hard Titanium. In line with Grand Seiko’s reputation for refined hand-finishings, the case displays mirror-polished (Zaratsu) areas and hairline finishings. Despite its fascinating openworked display on both sides, the case is 100m water-resistant.
Grand Seiko’s first mechanical complication combines the first eve constant-force mechanism and a tourbillon as one unit on a single axis.
Driving system: manual-winding
Vibrations: 28,800 vibrations per hour (8 beats per second)
Accuracy: +5 to -3 seconds per day (when static for 48 hours)
Power reserve: 72 hours
Number of jewels: 44
(Constant-force: 50 Hours)
Diameter: 35.0mm, Thickness: 7.98mm
Platinum 950 and Brilliant Hard Titanium case
Box shaped sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
See-through case back
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 43.8mm, Thickness: 12.9mm
Calf strap with Platinum 950 three-fold clasp with push button release
Double-sided crocodile strap included
Limited edition of 20
Today marks a new milestone in the sixty-two year history of Grand Seiko with the introduction of the brand’s first mechanical complication watch, the Grand Seiko Kodo Constant-force Tourbillon. At its heart is a uniquely innovative movement that delivers a level of stable accuracy unprecedented for Grand Seiko by combining a tourbillon and a constant-force mechanism as one unit on a single axis for the very first time in horological history.
The watch is named Kodo, the Japanese word for heartbeat. With its unique appearance when in motion and with its carefully designed sound, this revolutionary watch reveals its vitality both audibly and visually, thanks to the open-work design and the sapphire case back.
Most remarkable of all is the way that the constant-force mechanism and the tourbillon have been integrated together to allow the creation of an overall design that is in perfect harmony with the values of Grand Seiko and whose technical ingenuity is encased in a watch of great elegance and wearability.
The Grand Seiko Kodo will be available as a limited edition of twenty in October 2022.
This April, J Farren-Price has just received two Grand Seiko limited editions: the SBGP007 60th Anniversary Heritage limited edition of 2,500 and the SBGJ255 Mechanical Hi-Beat 36000 GMT 44GS 55th Anniversary Limited Edition.
SBGP007 60th Anniversary Heritage limited edition of 2,500
The 60th anniversary is also celebrated with a new quartz movement. Calibre 9F85 has a time difference adjustment function that allows the hour hand to be adjusted without stopping the seconds hand and thus preserving its high precision when the wearer changes time zones.
Heritage Collection Quartz Limited Edition
Accuracy: ±5 seconds per year (at temperatures between 5℃ and 35℃)
Time difference adjustment function
Number of jewels: 9
Stainless steel case
High definition sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Screw case back with 18k yellow gold plate
Water resistance: 10 bar, Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 40.0mm, Thickness: 10.8mm
Stainless steel bracelet with three-fold clasp with push button release
Limited edition of 2,500
This new calibre makes its debut in two 60th anniversary designs. The first has a version of Calibre 9F85 that is specially adjusted to a level of accuracy of ±5 seconds a year. This high precision is marked by the five-pointed star at the six o’clock position. The dial, too, has a unique marking with a 2020 pattern, reminding the wearer of this special year. The case design is modern in its execution. Its bezel is thin which allows the dial to be wider and therefore more legible. The case side has a sharp curve so that more light reflects off it and adds to the “sparkle of quality” that is an essential part of the Grand Seiko Style. The seconds hand of this timepiece is also in a vivid red. It will be available in March 2020 as a limited edition of 2,500.
This watch celebrates the 55th anniversary of 44GS's first launch in 1967. The 1967 44GS was the watch that first embodied the design code known as the ‘Grand Seiko Style’ which gave Grand Seiko its distinctive look and inspires every new creation to this day. Its international recognition was enhanced when the 44GS Hi-Beat 36000 GMT won an award at the 2014 Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève. This watch shares the same design as the 55th Anniversary Limited Edition but the case and bracelet are in high-intensity titanium, a material that is 30% lighter than steel and highly resistant to both scratches and corrosion.
A gold coloured titanium oscillating weight
The oscillating weight is coloured gold in honour of the 55th anniversary of the 44GS. The gold tone is achieved through a process of anodic oxidation in which the metal is subjected to electrolysis so as to generate an oxide film. Titanium oxide film produces colour according to the light refraction index, enabling production of different colours by varying the thickness of the oxide film.
High precision and high functionality
Just as with 44GS, this case is designed to exemplify the precision of the hi-beat movement within. In addition, the watch offers a GMT function which allows a second time zone to be shown on the blued-steel hand. The hour can be adjusted without stopping the watch, thus preserving the high accuracy of its timekeeping.
Both of these limited edition pieces are now available to purchase at J Farren-Price Sydney, 80 Castlereagh Street. Speak to one of our experienced team to enquire about these special timepieces.
SGBJ255 - GRAND SEIKO 'HERITAGE' MECHANICAL HI-BEAT 36000 GMT 44GS 55TH ANNIVERSARY LIMITED EDITION
- Materials: High-intensity titanium case. Glass is dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on inner surface. See-through screw case back. LIMITED EDITION and serial number on the case back. Screw-down crown. High-intensity titanium bracelet, three-fold clasp with push button release. Allergy-safe metal.
- Dial: White dial with lumibrite on hands and index(es). Hours, minutes and seconds hands. Blue steel GMT hand. Baton dial markers. Date window at 3 o'clock position.
- Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, 24-hours hand and date. Dual time display function. Calendar-linked time difference adjustment function. Stop seconds hand function. Water-resistant to 10 bar. Magnetic resistance of 4,800 A/m.
- Power Source: Automatic movement with manual winding. 37 jewels. Calibre 9S86. Hi-Beat Analogue - G.M.T. Mean daily rate of +5 to -3 seconds per day. Normal usage accuracy of +8 to -1 seconds per day. Power reserve of approximately 55 hours.
- Diameter: 40.00mm.