Inspired by the end of Autumn, Japanese watchmaker Grand Seiko has introduced two new timepieces to its Heritage Collection. The Grand Seiko Soko U.S. Special Edition commemorates the continuation of Japan’s sekki Lunar Calendar, signifying nature’s ever-changing seasons. Each timepiece — in both its outer design and its movement’s technology – pays homage to Japan and its “natural and continuous” flow of time. The watches will be highlighted at the upcoming WatchTime Live virtual collectors’ event starting October 21.
Both models feature green accents on the seconds hand and power-reserve indicator, while the subtle bamboo-stalk texture of the vertically oriented dial is evocative of the Kyoto forest in Japan, named Arashivama.
Together, these 39-mm timepieces pay tribute to the moment in nature when the green hues become animated, with the contrasting appearance of “light” as seen on the silver-dial model (Ref. SBGA427), and the “shadow” motif seen on the gray dial (Ref. SBGA429) — both displaying the high level of Japanese craftsmanship that has become expected of Grand Seiko.
Visible through the watch’s open caseback is the Spring Drive 9R65 Caliber, designed, adjusted, and assembled by hand, courtesy of the artisans at the Shinshu Watch Studio in Japan. The spring-driven movement is one of the most noteworthy innovations in modern watchmaking, recognized for its state-of-the-art electromagnetic regulator, which functions without an external power source.
The spring-driven movement with a state-of-the-art electro-magnetic regulator functions without an external power source.
Its sole power source is a mainspring that drives a series of gears — identical to those in a traditional mechanical watch — and delivers a precision of one second per day, an unprecedented rate for a watch powered by a mainspring. The Spring Drive movement, which carries a power reserve of 72 hours, further celebrates the passage of time “as a poetic journey” with every rotation of the seconds hand around the dial.
The Grand Seiko Soko U.S. Special Edition models are only available in the United States, with a stainless steel case and bracelet, priced at $5,000. Both also offer the option of a crocodile leather strap with a three-fold push-button clasp.
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|Soko U.S. Special Edition
|Silver Dial: SBGA427
Gray Dial: SBGA429
|Hours, minutes, seconds, +1 second per day/ +15 seconds per month
|Spring Drive 9R65 Caliber, 72-hour power reserve
|Stainless steel case, dual curve sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, see-through case back
|Bracelet and clasp:
|Stainless steel bracelet or crocodile leather strap, with a three-fold push-button clasp
|Diameter = 39 mm
Thickness = 12.5 mm