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Grand Seco has introduced two new US-exclusive special edition timepieces in its Heritage collection. The new models are an extension in the watch maker’s special edition So¯ko¯ collection, which was introduced last year to see the end of autumn and the first winter frost.
Grand Seiko says its designers were inspired to see the clear blue sky over the Sea of Japan in early winter for this high-beat 36000 model (SBGH295) dial.
And as you might expect, both new models have light blue dials.
The first new watch, Spring Drive SBGA471, has a light blue vertical textured dial designed to mimic the frozen trunks of bamboo trees in the Arashiyama bamboo forest, according to the watchmaker.
This model, the Grand Seiko SBGA471, features an ice blue vertical textured dial inspired by the frozen stems of the Arashiyama bamboo forest.
With its unique power reserve indicator, the dial of this watch is framed by the Grand Secure 44GS 40mm case (here in titanium), first seen fifty years ago, and marked by the watch maker’s skillfully flattened and mirror-polished surfaces.
The second is the SBGH295, a 40mm steel-case high-bit 36000 Grand Seco watch with an escape that vibrates at 36,000 beats per hour. The blue dial of this watch is made with a mirrored, multi-sided case inspired by the 1967 Grand Seco’s first automatic watch, the 62GS. The Case features the Grand Seco’s great Zarathustra polishing and a bezel-free, fairly wide dial opening.
Collectors can recognize the blue dial from the Grand Seco “Ice Blue” dial introduced in the first US Limited Edition collection in 2018.
Grand Seiko The new So¯ko¯ Frost powers each of the limited editions with the specialty of Grand Seco House. In the spring drive model, you will find the caliber 9R65, which combines the high torque of a mechanical clock with the spring drive’s unique integrated circuit control system.
Grand Seco High-Beat 36000 Caliber 9S85.
As mentioned, the Grand Seco is housed inside its 9S85 high-bit caliber SBGH295. The movement oscillates at ten beats per second (36,000 vph) and still maintains an impressive power reserve of 55 hours.
Both watches are water-resistant up to 100 meters, and each is fitted with a matching metal bracelet and a crocodile leather strap with a three-fold clamp push-button release.
Price: $ 6,000 (SBGA471 spring drive) and 6,900 (SBGH295 high-bit).