With this new Grand Seiko creation, Japanese watchmaking company Seiko presents its first ceramic watch to be equipped with the Hi-beat GMT 9S86 movement, a member of the prestigious 9S mechanical caliber family that is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2018.
In this new watch, the inner case and outer bracelet links are crafted from the very light high intensity titanium. The outer case and the center links of the bracelet are made of blue zirconia ceramic, a material that is seven times harder than stainless steel and extremely scratch resistant.
Further, titanium and tungsten combine in the oscillating weight to resist distortion even when the watch is subjected to shock. The titanium section of the weight is treated with an anodic oxidation process that creates a new, rich and vivid blue that complements the Grand Seiko blue of the ceramic and the dial.
The hi-beat movement has been specially adjusted to the Grand Seiko “Special” standard and offers a precision rate of +4 to -2 seconds per day. The “SPECIAL” mark on the dial and the 18k rose gold Grand Seiko lion insert in the oscillating weight bear witness to this high precision achievement. The dial pattern is unique to this new creation. The indices and tempered steel GMT hand are also executed in blue.
Offered in a limited edition of 350, the watch will be available in July 2018 at the Grand Seiko and Seiko boutiques worldwide as well as at other selected Grand Seiko retailers.
Model: Grand Seiko Blue Ceramic Limited Edition: SBGJ229G
Driving system: Automatic
Vibrations: 36,000 vibrations per hour (10 beats per second)
Accuracy: +4 to -2 seconds per day (when static)
Power reserve: 55 hours
Number of jewels: 37
High-intensity titanium and ceramic case
High definition dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
See-through screw case back, Screw-down crown
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 46.4mm, Thickness: 14.6mm
High-intensity titanium and ceramic bracelet with three-fold clasp with push button release
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: 15,000 Euro
Limited edition of 350