Dear friend of Grand Seiko,
2020 is a very special year for Grand Seiko as it is the 60th anniversary of its creation.
Of course, the number 60 has great resonance in our industry as one of the fundamental numbers in horology but, for us in Japan, it has another and even more important significance.
When a person reaches 60, he or she has gone full circle through the traditional zodiac calendar cycle and has arrived back at the beginning. It is a moment of new energy and re-birth and, for Grand Seiko, a golden opportunity that we are embracing wholeheartedly.
We are celebrating the 60th anniversary of Grand Seiko in several ways throughout the year.
2020 began with the launch of a series of four commemorative watches and, embodying the spirit of renewal and new energy, we are launching in the summer two important new calibers which will take Grand Seiko forward into the future. Caliber 9SA5 is an entirely new movement and the foundation upon which a whole new generation of Grand Seiko mechanical watches will be created. Caliber 9RA5 takes our unique and greatly respected Spring Drive technology to a new, higher level of functionality.
Our confidence in the future of Grand Seiko is further expressed in the creation of two new and important facilities. We will soon open a Grand Seiko Boutique in the Place Vendome in Paris and, in June, a new manufacturing studio will be inaugurated at the same Shizukuishi site as currently creates all Grand Seiko’s mechanical watches.
With these two new calibers, the new boutique in Paris and with the new manufacturing studio, I am certain that Grand Seiko is at the start of an exciting new chapter in its history.
Grand Seiko was created exactly one hundred years after the birth of our founder, my great-grandfather Kintaro Hattori. Today, building on his legacy, I have the honor of setting Grand Seiko on the path to further success in its second sixty year cycle.
Our history inspires us. Our future excites us. We look forward to your joining us on the next stage of the adventure that is Grand Seiko.
Chairman & CEO