The annual CoutureTime watch exhibition kicked off yesterday at the Wynn and Encore in Las Vegas, and a handful of watch brands have taken the opportunity to introduce new timepieces to the U.S. that were not on display at the two major Swiss watch fairs, SIHH in January and Baselworld in March. One of these brands is Japan’s Grand Seiko, which introduced a quartet of U.S.-exclusive models for the first time, each representing in its distinctive design one of the four seasons. Scroll down for more info and our on-site photos.
Each of the four new models features the classic 62GS case, used on the first self-winding Grand Seiko model, measuring 40 mm in diameter and water-resistant to 100 meters. The Spring and Winter models use brushed titanium for their cases and bracelets, while the Summer and Fall models use stainless steel with Seiko’s Zaratsu polished finish. Spring and Winter are equipped with 9R65 Spring Drive movements, while Summer and Fall contain Seiko’s automatic Hi-Beat 9S85 caliber; all are visible behind clear casebacks emblazoned with the Grand Seiko lion emblem in gold metallization.
Each watch’s face symbolizes its season. The Spring has a pale pink hue, reminiscent of blossoming flowers, with a subtle texture. The dial on the Winter watch features the same texture with a titanium gray color that echoes the case’s finish and calls to mind snowy winter skies. The Summer model is a lush green punctuated by golden hands and indices, representing sunlight and greenery; and the Fall dial is a midnight blue with silvery hands and indices perhaps inspired by rainy autumn nights in Seiko’s native Japan.
All of the “Four Seasons” Grand Seiko models will be priced at $6,300 and available, at least for the time being, exclusively at Grand Seiko boutiques and retailers in the U.S. starting in September.
Photos by Petro Onysko for AMPR.