When it comes to its Heritage collection, Grand Seiko often uses inspirations from Mother Nature and the landscape surrounding its production sites to create artistic dials. The new SBGY011‘s filigree surface pattern against a white background echoes the short moment, Asaborake in Japanese, when a new day breaks through the mountains of Shinshu, where all Spring Drive watches are made.
The dial serves as a magnificent background for the blued seconds hand which steadily glides without the faintest shudder. This graceful movement is the hallmark of the Spring-Drive technology, which is employed by the caliber 9R31. The manual winding movement offers a high accuracy of ±1 second per day and a power reserve of 72 hours when fully wound.
As is typical for Grand Seiko timepieces, the 40mm stainless-steel case is Zaratsu-polished in order to achieve the signature interplay of light and shadow that was first introduced by the legendary 44GS in 1967. It has a water resistance of 100 meters and features a protection against magnetic fields up to 4,800 A/m.
The Grand Seiko Heritage Collection SBGY011 is marked at $8,100 and will be available from December 2022.
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A manual wind spring drive. That should give some people apoplexy. Too bad they did not include photos of the case back.
Can’t even be bothered to state the case size?