Grand Seiko Elegance Spring Drive “Shizuri-yuki” SBGY008 Limited Edition

This new Spring Drive watch from the Elegance collection takes inspiration from the winter scenery of Shinshu region, the home to the Shinshu Watch Studio where all Grand Seiko Spring Drive watches are created.

Shizuri-yuki is a Japanese term used to describe a winter season view when snow spills down from the branches of trees, creating a shimmering cascade of light. With its 18k rose gold case graced by lines of diamonds and with the glide motion seconds hand that moves silently and continuously across the white textured dial, this new Grand Seiko Elegance Spring Drive model evokes the gentle winter landscape of Shinshu and the transient beauty of Shizuri-yuki.

Grand Seiko Elegance Spring Drive “Shizuri-yuki” SBGY008 Limited Edition
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The 18k rose gold case carries a total of 53 diamonds delicately set by hand by the highly skilled craftsmen and women in the Shinshu Watch Studio. The diamonds are arranged so that they gradually decrease in size from the center of the case to the lug ends, creating a beautiful, flowing effect. Furthermore, the surfaces of the diamonds are perfectly aligned so as to create a quiet sparkle that exemplifies the high level of craftsmanship for which Grand Seiko is renowned.

Grand Seiko Elegance Spring Drive “Shizuri-yuki” SBGY008 Limited Edition
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The patterned dial evokes the bright and fresh snow of winter in Shinshu, and combined with the smooth sweeping movement of the seconds hand unique to Spring Drive, the dial captures the tranquil and seamless passage of time.

The see-through sapphire crystal case back reveals the beauty of the manual-winding Caliber 9R31 Spring Drive movement. The timepiece offers a remarkable blend of slimness, power and precision. The watch is only 10.2mm in depth, the power reserve is 72 hours and its accuracy is ±1 second per day.

Grand Seiko Elegance Spring Drive “Shizuri-yuki” SBGY008 Limited Edition
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The new Grand Seiko Elegance Spring Drive watch is presented on a brown leather strap with carefully crafted stitches on the sides made by a skilled craftsman and comes with an additional satin gold colored leather strap. It will be available as a limited edition of 60 at the Grand Seiko Boutiques and selected Grand Seiko retailers worldwide in January 2022.

Technical details

Model: Grand Seiko Elegance Spring Drive
Reference: SBGY008

Movement
Spring Drive Caliber 9R31
Driving system: manual-winding
Power reserve: 72 hours
Accuracy: ± 1 second per day (± 15 seconds per month)
Dual-Spring Barrel
Power reserve indicator
Number of jewels: 30

Exterior
18k rose-gold case and clasp
53 diamonds (0.38 carat)
Dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
See-through screw case back
Water resistance: 3 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 38.5mm, Thickness: 10.2mm
Crocodile strap with three-fold clasp with push button release
Additional satin gold colored leather strap

Price
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: €38,000

Edition
Limited edition of 60 pieces