A brand new Grand Seiko that evokes the landscape of this Iwate Prefecture in Northern Japan premiered in November 2016. For the uninitiated, Grand Seikos are created at the Shizuku-ishi Watch Studio at the Iwate Prefecture. The situation and other key design elements are the same as those of this acclaimed model SBGJ005 which won the”Petite Aiguille” award in the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2014. But this new version has a particular dial and oscillating weight to express a new motif that evokes the landscape of this Iwate Prefecture in Northern Japan in which the watch is created.
Among the cornerstones of the Grand Seiko case design is how well light performs glistening surfaces and this particular watch is a modern retake of the iconic 44GS model shape 1967, a watch that formed the design language of future models. The 40mm stainless steel case and other essential design components of this new version are borrowed from the Petite Aiguille winning SBGJ005. What’s new on this limited edition is a special dial and an oscillating weight which elicits the landscape of this Iwate Prefecture.
This timepiece is distinguished by a deep red dial will mean to evoke the Mt. Iwate at dawn. Featuring a radial pattern that’s unique to Grand Seiko watches, the dial has the brand’s trademark aerodynamic and polished indices and a yellow GMT hand. The color of the dialup, if you think the PR spiel, is reminiscent of how the sunlight lights up Mt. Iwate on clear mornings.
A specially made oscillating weight made of titanium and tungsten is observable through the caseback. The rotor is a riot of colors with shades of blue, purple, orange and yellow colours — inspired by dawn light as it strikes Mt Iwate. This gradation of colors is made possible as a result of a anodic oxidation, a surface treatment in which metals are subjected to electrolysis to create an oxide film. Titanium oxide film produces color in line with the mild infraction indicator, enabling production of different colours by changing the thickness of the oxide film.
The opinion is powered by the dependable and accurate Caliber 9S86 motion. Production of this version is limited to 500 pieces and will be priced at $8,200.