Taking inspiration from its rapidly increasing success in Japan and its growing presence in Europe and other markets, the Grand Seiko collection is expanding in 2014 to include not only three new models with the hi-beat GMT caliber but also five new additions to the historical collection.
Every Grand Seiko watch showcases the pure essentials of watchmaking, with craftsmanship and high technology manufacturing being harmonised to create watches that are as accurate, as legible, as comfortable and as durable as can be achieved.
This year, Seiko Watch Corporation launched a new caliber, its first ever hi-beat GMT. Caliber 9S86 has been created on the platform of the hi-beat caliber 9S85 that, since 2009, has been the leading watch in the Grand Seiko collection. It has all the features of the existing caliber, with the addition of a 24-hour GMT hand with easy hour adjustment.
The leading creation for 2014 is the Hi-beat 36,000 GMT Limited Edition, designed especially to celebrate the launch of the new caliber. In both performance and appearance, it expresses the very best of Seiko’s mechanical watchmaking. The caliber has a high accuracy of +5 to -3 seconds a day and a power reserve of 55 hours.
The GMT hand can be used as a dual time indicator with the hour hand being adjustable independently as the time of day hands continue to mark time. It is the perfect watch for the international traveller.
The case is based on the highly acclaimed 44GS design that was shown at Baselworld 2013. It is a contemporary reinterpretation of this iconic Grand Seiko design and offers highly polished, distortion- free surfaces and perfect comfort on the wrist. The beauty of the dial complements the simplicity of the case.
It has a delicate and beautiful radial pattern that is inspired by the many ridged contours of Mt. Iwate, the mountain that is visible through the wide windows of the Shizukuishi Watch Studio where all Grand Seiko mechanical watches are designed, manufactured and assembled, by hand, by the studio’s craftsmen and women.
Through the sapphire case-back glitters a specially designed titanium oscillating weight. The upper part of the oscillating weight is treated with an anodic oxidation of the titanium to deliver a special gold tone.
Titanium is used for its high elasticity and vibration absorbency, which reduces distortion of the oscillating weight and impact on the weight bearings. The titanium oscillating weight carries the Grand Seiko emblem.
There are just 600 watches in this Limited Edition. Two additional 9S86 creations are also being released at Baselworld 2014, one with a white dial and one with black. The case is identical in all three variations.
Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36,000 GMT, References: SBGJ001, 003, 005
Caliber 9S86 Mechanical movement
Driving system: Self-winding type with manual winding mechanism
Loss/gain Mean daily rate: +5 to -3 seconds (when static)
Power reserve: Approximately 55 hours (when fully wound)
Time indication: 4 hands (24-hour, hour, minute and second)
Jewels: 37 jewels
Vibrations: 36,000 vibrations per hour (10per second)
Outer diameter: 28.4mm, Thickness: 6.6mm
Dual curve sapphire crystal with anti-reflection coating on inner surface
Screw see-through case back
Diameter: 40.0mm, Thickness: 14.0mm
Water resistance 10 Bar, Magnetic resistance 4,800 A/m
Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36,000 GMT SBGJ001: White dial with blue GMT hand
Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36,000 GMT SBGJ003: Black dial with red GMT hand
Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36,000 GMT SBGJ005: Green dial with yellow hand
Stainless steel with three-fold clasp with push button release
Approximate recommended retail prices in Europe: Euro 6,700 (SBGJ001, 003), Euro 7,050 (SBGJ005)
Limited Edition: 600 pcs (SBGJ005)