May 07, 2019
Precise & elegant
The exquisite aesthetics of the Grand Seiko Elegance collection find their most beautiful expression in four new limited-edition timepieces. All four of these wristwatches are powered by new manually wound Calibre 9S63, Grand Seiko’s first hand-wound movement in eight years, which displays the continually running seconds at “9 o’clock” and the remaining power reserve at “3 o’clock”. In accordance with Grand Seiko’s demanding specifications, Calibre 9S63 amasses a 72-hour power reserve hours and keeps time with a maximal daily gain of only five seconds and a maximal loss of just three seconds per day.
Available in two red gold versions, each of which is limited to 150 pieces, the new Urushi creation combines two traditional Japanese handicrafts. The first is the brand’s typical zaratsu technique, with is used to polish the surfaces of the case, thus creating an expressive play of light and accentuating the beauty of the curved surfaces. Another Japanese craft is utilized in the fabrication of the dials: urushi, the art of Japanese lacquer. Exquisite Mount Iwate patterns are visible under a colourless lacquer coating, where they express this brand’s pride in the beauty of the natural environment in its homeland. The same lacquer is used on the black dial, but here it is first mixed with iron to give it an especially deep black colour.
In his studio in Kanazawa on the west coast of Japan’s main island, urushi master Isshu Tamura uses the traditional maki-e technique to apply the hour markings and the letters “GS” to the dials. The lacquer is applied in layers to create three-dimensional contours. Tamura then polishes the surface with powdered gold or platinum. This process gives the maki-e its unostentatiously shimmering appearance.
The third model in the Grand Seiko Elegance collection is made from stainless steel and has a blue dial with Mount Iwate pattern. It is limited to 1,500 timepieces. A fourth version with a yellow gold case will be added to the Grand Seiko collection in July 2019.