The Grand Seiko mechanical collection for women is expanding. Thanks to the slim profile and powerful performance of the new Calibre 9S27, new design possibilities have been created, as is today evidenced by a new series in the Elegance collection. The long, flowing lines of this exquisite new case are seamless and the surfaces distortion-free so that the watch has a curved, organic feeling, as if it were hewn from nature itself. The bezel-free case and the domed sapphire crystal create a delicate arc that follows the shape of the wrist and two lines of diamonds frame the dial and follow the contour of the watch. The effect is both subtle and yet striking. The diamonds sparkle at every movement but leave the beauty of the dial to speak for itself.
The two new watches in this series are unmistakably Grand Seiko. Their design respects the heritage that was born in 1967 with the classic 62GS with its bezel-free construction, sharply angled hands and markers and highly polished surfaces. The new design combines the strong, distinctive look of one of Grand Seiko’s seminal creations with a fresh, soft and feminine grace.
There is a warm and uniquely Japanese elegance to the dials that derives from the combination of the two diagonally positioned diamonds at 12 o’clock, the tactile texture of the dial surface and the leaf shaped hour markers which, like the tapered hour and minute hands, are polished to ensure both their beauty and their legibility.
One dial has a delicate silver-colored pattern while the second has a mother-of-pearl dial with a deep purple color known as ‘Koki-murasaki’ which has been a symbol of status since the early days of ancient Japan. Thanks to the dial’s texture and this deep color, it seems to be ever changing; each time you glance at the time, the watch brings a new sparkle to your day.
The refinement of the case is most evident when seen from the side. The diamonds are perfectly aligned along
the Zaratsu polished surface which has the perfect, distortion-free finish that only this handcraft technique can deliver. While soft to the touch, every edge is sharp to the eye and catches the light in a way that is in sparkling harmony with the line of diamonds.
The Grand Seiko automatic calibre 9S27 strikes that difficult and delicate balance between high performance and slimness that only a true manufacture can achieve. It has a precision rate of +8 to −3 seconds a day and a power reserve of 50 hours. These high levels of performance are delivered by an 8 beat movement that is just 19.4mm in diameter and 4.49mm in height.
Both watches in this new series form part of the Elegance collection and will be available from October at Grand Seiko Boutiques, selected Seiko Boutiques and other retail partners worldwide.
Vibrations: 28,800 vibrations per hour (8 beats per second)
Accuracy: +8 to -3 seconds per day (when static)
Power reserve: 50 hours
Number of jewels: 35 jewels
Diameter: 19.4mm Thickness: 4.49mm
Mother-of-pearl dial (STGK013)
Stainless steel case and bracelet with 38 diamonds
40 diamonds (0.41carat)
High definition dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
See-through screw case back
Three-fold clasp buckle with push button release
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 30.6mm Thickness: 12.7mm
Approximate recommended retail prices in NZD: $18,975 (STGK011, STGK013)