Grand Seiko is launching its first manual winding mechanical calibre in eight years, forming the backbone of the Elegance Collection. The Japanese watchmaker says it will be worth the wait.
The Elegance Collection watches feature a small seconds hand at the nine o’clock position and a power reserve indicator at three o’clock. While these Seiko sub-dials are easy to read, they are also discreetly unobtrusive and allow the eye to enjoy the beauty of the Urushi lacquer of which the dials are made.
Long-Lasting Urushi comes from trees grown in and around the town of Joboji that lies under Mt. Iwate, the mountain that dominates the skyline above the Shizukuishi Watch Studio. The mechanical Calibre 9S63 has a power reserve of 72 hours and delivers an accuracy rate of +5 to -3 seconds a day.
There are four Elegance styles, three of which are limited edition. Two feature 18k rose gold cases one with a Suki (red) Urushi dial, the other with Black Urushi. Both watches are limited to 150 examples. A third model is presented in a stainless steel case with a blue dial and there will be 1500 of these available. The final watch is available in an 18k gold case with a white face, and this one isn’t going anywhere.
The cases are polished by a unique Zaratsu method created to accentuate the beauty of the curved surfaces. The dials and the sapphire crystals are also curved to give the watches a classic look. The minute and power reserve indicator hands are made to follow the domed contour of the dials.
The Suki, Black and Blue Elegance watches are available from May 2019 while the 18k gold white-faced watch arrives in July. The Elegance collection will be available from Grand Seiko boutiques and select partners worldwide.