The “Mount Iwate pattern” dial
|尺寸:||錶徑 40.0mm 耳對耳 46.2mm 厚度 14.0mm|
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The dial tells the story; its surface texture was inspired by the numerous ridged contours on the face of Mt Iwate, the imposing mountain that overlooks the Grand Seiko Studio Shizukuishi where all Grand Seiko mechanical watches are made. A Hi-beat GMT Grand Seiko of the “highest” refinement.
“Even a classic can be improved.”
When Nobuhiro Kosugi, the head designer of the 44GS modern re-interpretation, showed his team his idea for the shape of the new case he wanted to create, they saw immediately that a challenge lay ahead. Its super sharp edges, its delicately curved sides and, above all, the thin, tapered end of each lug took the craftsmen and women in charge of the Zaratsu polishing into uncharted territory. Kosugi was asking them to achieve something that had been impossible for the original 44GS in 1967. “I always try to create a design which presents a new challenge”, he says. And his team delivered, as he knew they would.
9S, an ordinary name for an extraordinary family of movements.
When the first 9S series movement was created in 1998, it incorporated advances in materials, manufacturing and craftsmanship that allowed it to offer a level of performance so superior that it changed the Grand Seiko Standard itself.
As often before, Grand Seiko’s ceaseless pursuit of precision, practicality and durability had taken its mechanical watchmaking to a new and higher level.
Each movement has over 200 components and each one is assembled and adjusted by hand to tolerances of one hundredth of a millimeter. 9S may be a quiet name but it speaks volumes.
Why craftsmanship leads to precision
Every 9S movement is made at the Grand Seiko mechanical watch facility in Shizukuishi in northern Japan. Within the same facility is a recently opened new studio where the movements and then complete watches are assembled and adjusted by hand by a team of craftsmen and women who have honed their craft to such an extent that they can adjust parts by hand to tolerances of one hundredth of a millimeter. Their work is all about precision. Caliber 9S85 is a 36000 vph hi-beat movement that is adjusted to +5 to -3 seconds per day.