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The first Grand Seiko
Grand Seiko was influenced by two important watches that had been successful before it, the Lord Marvel and the Crown. The Lord Marvel was born from a design concept that focused on practicality, and featured sleek hands and indexes. The Crown, on the other hand, coupled the pursuit of precision with slender hands that created a delicate and elegant look. Grand Seiko combined these two elements into a design that was both practical and refined and would stand the test of time.
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Establishes the Grand Seiko Style 44GS
In 1967, the Grand Seiko 44GS was created. It was the watch that established, once and for all, the Grand Seiko Style. The Grand Seiko designer carried the theme forward in every other detail to create the first embodiment of the Grand Seiko Style. He made the hands as well as the indexes multi-faceted to allow the light to play across the dial and he created a mirror-polished bezel so that the whole design aesthetic was based on sharpness, sparkle and the harmonious interplay of light and shadow. With the 44GS, Grand Seiko had found its design code and a legend was born.
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Mechanical Hi-Beat 36000 80 Hours 9SA5
In 1998, the creation of the 9S mechanical caliber opened a new chapter in the Grand Seiko story.
Today, the pages turn again with the launch of a new high beat mechanical caliber, 9SA5, which, in its design and functionality represents an advance just as important as the first 9S.
9SA5 is more than just a new caliber. It is an entirely new movement and the foundation upon which a whole new generation of Grand Seiko mechanical watches will be created.
Deploying all the skills and experience we have gained over the past 60 years, beyond doubt, the finest mechanical caliber that we have ever created.
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Spring Drive 5 Days 9RA5
Before the creation of Spring Drive, the choice was stark. Either you chose a mechanical watch and enjoyed its traditional character and autonomy but tolerated its relative imprecision or you wore an electronic watch that was up to ten times more accurate but required a battery. In 1999, Spring Drive resolved this dilemma by combining the best of both the existing two watch technologies in a watch powered by a mainspring that offered accuracy of one second a day. Spring Drive was then, and remains today, one of horology's greatest advances.
Now, two decades on, Grand Seiko introduces a new generation Spring Drive caliber that is slimmer, even more precise and has a greater power reserve. Caliber 9RA5 takes Spring Drive technology to a new level of excellence and opens a new era in the history of Grand Seiko.
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Cal.9SA5 SLGH002
Grand Seiko 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Mechanical Hi-beat 36000 80 Hours, SLGH002.
This new design has all the hallmarks of Grand Seiko but also offers enhanced comfort and legibility. The slimness of the caliber does much to ensure that the watch can sit easily but it is combined with slightly wider lugs so that the watch also stays more solidly on the wrist.
The already legendary legibility of Grand Seiko is further enhanced by the increased volume of the hour hand and by the hour markers that are more prominent, just as they were in the first Grand Seiko of 1960. The Grand Seiko logo, indexes and calendar frame are in 18k yellow gold.
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Cal.9RA5 SLGA001
Grand Seiko 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Professional Diver's 600M.
To demonstrate its power, strength and precision, the first creation to be powered by Caliber 9RA5 is a professional diver's watch. It has helium and water resistance that meet the challenge of saturation diving at depths of up to 600 meters.
The dial color is Grand Seiko blue, a special color that symbolizes the brand. It is a special specification unique to limited edition.
The watch is presented in a special Grand Seiko 60th anniversary box with an interchangeable blue silicone strap. It will be available worldwide in August as a limited edition of 700.
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Highest level of craftsmanship by “Takumi” Parts manufacturing
As one of the very few fully integrated watch manufactures in the world, Grand Seiko possesses a mastery over the full breadth of the watchmaking process from the research and development of component materials to manufacture, assembly, adjustment, inspection and shipment.
Grand Seiko defines the essence of watchmaking in the elements of precision, beauty, legibility, durability and ease-of-use. As a world-leading watch manufacture, Grand Seiko embodies that very essence in the unrivaled quality in every Grand Seiko watch presented to the world.
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Brings the watches to life The art of “Zaratsu” polishing
‘Zaratsu’ is the Japanese pronunciation of the name of a European company that used to make a polishing machine and is what the Grand Seiko polishers called the process that involves using that machine. The craftsperson holds and moves the surface to be polished in front, rather than at the side, of a rotating metal disc that has sandpaper attached to it. This way of polishing is much more difficult process but it makes the surface of the metal extraordinarily smooth. Following this process, a final buff is applied to burnish the surface to a mirror finish. This can be achieved even if the Zaratsu process is skipped, but distortion of the surface would be unavoidable. The quality of the Zaratsu finish is determined by a combination of various factors including how much pressure is applied to hold the surface against the rotating disc and for how long, and how quickly the surface is slid over the disc. And all of this depends on the craftsperson’s sense of touch.
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Grand Seiko Studio Shizukuishi
July 20, 2020 marked the opening of Grand Seiko Studio Shizukuishi, a space devoted to producing Grand Seiko mechanical watches and other high-end timepieces. This workshop was effectively added to the Shizuku-ishi Watch Studio, a high-end watch and movement manufacturing site of Morioka Seiko Instruments (located in the town of Shizukuishi in Iwate Prefecture).
The new studio was completed on the milestone sixtieth anniversary of the birth of the Grand Seiko brand. The design is the brainchild of Kengo Kuma, a celebrated Japanese architect also famed for his work on the new Japan National Stadium finished in 2019.
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The Grand Seiko Co-Creators
Leading Japanese Artists and Cultural Icons, who are first and foremost fans of Grand Seiko. A Creative Alchemy that brings our story “THE NATURE OF TIME” to life as a tangible and compelling brand experience from Japan to the world.
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Re-creation of the first Grand Seiko SBGW257
The case shape and the softly curved dial and hands are entirely faithful to the 1960 original, but the case back is now in sapphire, revealing the beautiful finish of the movement. In line with today’s aesthetic, the case diameter has been increased from 35mm to 38mm and a three-fold clasp makes the watch easy to wear.
The case in the platinum version is in Platinum 950 and the dial carries the star mark that signifies that its hour markers are in 18k gold. The engraving of the Grand Seiko name on the dial is particularly sharp thanks to the fact that the dial, too, is in 18k gold.
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Re-creation of the first Grand Seiko SBGW258
The case shape and the softly curved dial and hands are entirely faithful to the 1960 original, but the case back is now in sapphire, revealing the beautiful finish of the movement. In line with today’s aesthetic, the case diameter has been increased from 35mm to 38mm and a three-fold clasp makes the watch easy to wear.
The case in 18k yellow gold version, the dial carries the star mark that signifies that its hour markers are in 18k gold.
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Re-creation of the first Grand Seiko SBGW259
The case shape and the softly curved dial and hands are entirely faithful to the 1960 original, but the case back is now in sapphire, revealing the beautiful finish of the movement. In line with today’s aesthetic, the case diameter has been increased from 35mm to 38mm and a three-fold clasp makes the watch easy to wear.
The third case is in Brilliant Hard Titanium, which is exclusive to Grand Seiko. It is as light as pure titanium but twice as hard as stainless steel and therefore highly resistant to scratches. Its color is brighter than the other forms of titanium used for Grand Seiko and allows the Zaratsu polished surfaces to stand out even more prominently.
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Platinum Model SBGW263
Inspired by the legend of Shizukuishi. Engraved by hand.
Every aspect of the watchmaking of this creation is handled with meticulous care but the engraving, especially, is a true labor of love. Master engraver Kiyoshi Terui and his small team engrave all the elements on the dial by hand. Their work covers not only the hands and indexes but also the Grand Seiko name and the star mark at the 6 o’clock position. Every stroke of the blade has to be exactly right, a task that is all the more delicate with this watch as both the plates on which the indexes and the minute track are engraved are curved. These plates and the dial itself are made of 18k white gold. The engraving of each watch requires many days of this intense and highly skilled work. The engraving may be intricate but it is also powerful. Its straight lines accentuate the legibility of the time, making this watch true to the Grand Seiko aesthetic, while the whole watch has the soft, gently angular profile that is part of the Elegance Collection’s signature.
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STGF347
A brilliant model that fits on arm, it is a tiny model with a design that pursues a female aesthetic look that looks like a simple design, conceived from a distortion-free curve form created by nature, such as the pupil, water droplets.
"Deep Purple (Kokimurasaki)" is used for the dial color, a refined color with depth.
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STGF349
A brilliant model that fits on arm, it is a tiny model with a design that pursues a female aesthetic look that looks like a simple design, conceived from a distortion-free curve form created by nature, such as the pupil, water droplets.
The dial color uses the "light white" color, a traditional Japanese color.
The brilliance of the diamond is further enhanced to create the arms in a bright manner.
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Team Lab Digital Information Wall
Team Lab's Digital Information Wall, which is a large touch panel signage, allows guests to experience the various contents of Grand Seiko through physical interatctions.
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