Two of the Grand Seiko Spring Drive watches feature manual-winding Spring Drive calibres both of which have the signature glide motion seconds hand, reflecting the natural and continuous flow of time. All four watches offer one-second-a-day precision and a long power reserve. They also share an understated quality and Grand Seiko’s uniquely Japanese sensibility.
The 20th anniversary Spring Drive series will be available at Grand Seiko Boutiques, Seiko Boutiques and selected retailers worldwide from July 2019.
Shinshu Watch Studio, home of Grand Seiko Spring Drive watches is behind the two manual-winding watches. Carrying the new Spring Drive Calibre, both models deliver a power reserve of 72 hours. One case is in 18k gold and features the “Snowflake” dial while the second is in stainless steel with a sunray dial pattern. Both cases are just 10.2 mm in depth.
The other two Grand Seiko watches come from Micro Artist Studio who first began working with Seiko in 2016. These two timepieces feature the Calibre 9R02 with new “Torque Return System” to deliver a power reserve of 84 hours. The cases are crafted from Platinum 950 and are 9.8mm in depth. The hour and minute hands and hour markers are made of 14k white gold, and the power reserve indicator is visible through the sapphire crystal case back. The barrel is shaped like a bellflower, the symbol of Shiojiri, referring to the location of the studio.
One of the two watches will also be available as a limited edition with the “Snowflake” pattern and the words “Micro Artist” engraved on an 18k gold plaque set on the lower bridge. If the owner prefers, this plaque can be replaced with one that carries his or her name.
The overall design of the four watches remains classically Grand Seiko. That is, understated and refined with sharp hands and hour markers that allow the delicate interplay of light and shadow. The 20th anniversary Spring Drive watches will be available in limited quantities and priced accordingly, ranging from $10.7k through to $108k AUD.