The Grand Seiko Vision of the Beauty of Time

Vol.4Fine craftsmanship
resonates with
the swords
of Yoshindo Yoshihara

The Japanese craftsmanship stance
new enthusiasts

Yoshindo Yoshihara opened his Japanese sword forging school, Nihonto Tanren Dojo, in Katsushika-ku, Tokyo in 1971, where he makes swords with his many apprentices. The beauty of his wakizashi short sword is overwhelming. He receives many orders for swords from abroad and also actively participates in Japanese sword events, serving to spread the culture of Japanese swords.

The appeal of Japanese swords
is gaining fans abroad

Since the Japanese government places high importance on protecting and handing down traditional culture, it comes as a surprise that at this time there is no swordsmith who has been designated a living national treasure. But those carrying on this culture of Japanese swords will continue without a break as many young people are training at Yoshihara’s school and Japanese sword enthusiasts are growing throughout the world.

Yoshihara was able to make his overseas advance in the early 70s. This opportunity was provided when he made a Japanese sword in Texas on invitation by Japanese sword enthusiasts in the United States. That sword was displayed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and other locations, and led to orders for swords coming to Yoshihara from art aficionados around the world. The technique of Japanese sword making has remained the same from ancient times to today, but its culture is now spreading out to the world and fascinating many.

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A watch capturing all
that makes a Grand Seiko

Seiko released the world’s first quartz watch in 1969. Carrying on the legacy of Seiko’s technological expertise, Caliber 9F delivers high precision with an annual accuracy of 10 seconds, and heightens legibility by moving large broad hands and an instantaneous date change. The handsome face that is in keeping with the look of a Grand Seiko has a universal appeal, but one can also enjoy its philosophical value through clear visualization of the flow of time as each passing second is precisely expressed by the movement of the crisp seconds hand.

The SBGV205‘s external design is a modern interpretation of Grand Seiko’s unique philosophy of design, the Grand Seiko Style. The sunray-finished dial in champagne gold graces the wrist as it changes expression with the changing light. Although the watch is practical, with high accuracy and high legibility, it also provides the joy of ownership, making it one that the wearer will never want to part with.