Winter in Shinshu, the region that is home to the Shinshu Watch Studio where all Grand Seiko Spring Drive watches are created, offers a rich variety of sights that are both ephemeral and lastingly memorable. One such is Shizuri-yuki, 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 timepiece brings to life the gentle winter landscape of Shinshu and the transient beauty of Shizuri-yuki.
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 centre 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.
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 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, thanks to the manual-winding Spring Drive Calibre 9R31 which powers the watch.
The 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 coloured leather strap. The new Spring Drive creation will be available as a limited edition of 60 at the Grand Seiko Boutiques and selected Grand Seiko retailers worldwide in January 2022.
Grand Seiko Elegance Collection
Spring Drive Calibre 9R31
Driving system: manual-winding
Power reserve: 72 hours
Accuracy: ± 1 second per day (± 15 seconds per month)
Power reserve indicator
Number of jewels: 30
18k rose-gold case and clasp
53 diamonds (.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 coloured leather strap
Approximate recommended retail price in AUD: $57,000
Limited edition of 60