It’s a recognized reality Grand Seiko likes to mess around with colors, shapes, textures and all kinds of different particulars. This usually ends in a mixture of traditionally impressed designs and the incorporation of pure parts surrounding the Shizukuishi and Shinshu watchmaking studio onto the dials and, typically, even the outside of a case. We’ve seen it with the Birch sub-collection, we’ve seen it with the Lake Suwa fashions, and we’re about to expertise it over again with the model’s newest providing. Reserved for Europe solely, this all-new Grand Seiko Heritage 44GS SBGW303 captures the essence of the highest of Mt Iwate at nightfall in autumn, translated right into a finely textured, shimmering inexperienced dial.
Styled after the emblematic 44GS from 1967, the chrome steel case is available in a compact 36.5mm diameter and a thickness of 11.6mm. You would argue that it’s slightly thick in comparison with its diameter, however the slight curve within the profile reduces the visible thickness. On the wrist, it by no means felt unbalanced or misplaced. The faceted form of the outside is dominated by the Zaratsu-polished flanks, intersected by a finely brushed band operating from finish to finish. This smaller dimension works wonders on the wrist for the overwhelming majority of individuals, little doubt, though some may discover it a contact too small. Nonetheless, the match and end are superb, as we’ve come to anticipate from Grand Seiko in recent times. The case incorporates a Zaratsu-polished bezel, a sapphire crystal, a screw-down crown and a strong caseback with the Grand Seiko Lion emblem.
It’s spectacular how merely altering color and texture can fully alter the appear and feel of a watch, particularly when Grand Seiko is anxious. This all-new SBGW303 has a dial impressed by the height of Mt Iwate when seen at nightfall in autumn. Though a lot of you’ll most likely not have seen this in actual life, you do get a way of what it could possibly be like. The dashing tone of inexperienced, the wonderful texture, and the utilized golden GS emblem symbolising the Moon are a brand new spin on the very acquainted 44GS model. It additionally has a really wonderful golden sunburst impact, additional enhancing the spectacle. The utilized indices and arms are faceted and supply nice distinction towards the inexperienced backdrop of the dial. As ever, the distortion-free Zaratsu sprucing on the arms and markers creates a shimmering play of sunshine.
Beneath the strong caseback, you’ll discover the in-house Grand Seiko calibre 9S64. This guide wound motion can also be discovered within the stunning SBGW289 “Sakura-Kakushi”, in addition to a variety of different watches. It’s certainly one of GS’ staple calibres and has a shock-resistant and anti-magnetic steadiness spring. It runs at a charge of 28,800vph (4Hz) and is regulated to a deviation of not more than +5/-3 seconds per day. The facility reserve is 72 hours, which could be very respectable. And actually, it wouldn’t damage for this motion to be seen by means of a sapphire crystal caseback, because the ending on Grand Seiko actions is normally very spectacular.
This Europe-exclusive Grand Seiko 44GS SBGW303 is proscribed to 400 items and obtainable by means of Grand Seiko Mastershops, Salons and Boutiques for a retail value of EUR 6,300. For this, you get a brushed and polished three-link chrome steel bracelet and an extra calfskin leather-based strap. It’s removed from the primary regional restricted version we’ve seen from Grand Seiko, however time and time once more, this model is aware of how you can liven issues up by altering the dial color and texture. At this dimension, with this dial and this particular motion, it’s very prone to be fairly the hit!
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