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Grand Seiko debuts Spring Drive SLGA021, a new model in its fairly new (2020) nature-inspired Evolution 9 collection. 

The 40mm steel watch features a blue dial created to echo the ‘gently lapping waters’ of Lake Suwa near the Shinshu Watch Studio, where the watchmaker builds Spring Drive watches.

The new Grand Seiko Spring Drive SLGA021.

Not only does the dial appear to mimic waves, its color changes depending on the angle and amount of nearby lights, also echoing the experience of gazing into a lake.

As on its Evolution 9 brethren, the dial here is eminently readable. Grand Seiko cuts the hour hand at the tip and extends the minute hand right to the minute track so that the hands are more clearly differentiated than is typical on many other watches. For the same reason, Grand Seiko makes the 12 o’clock index especially wide for instant identification regardless on viewing angle.

Grand Seiko fits the watch with its excellent Caliber 9RA2 Spring Drive movement, which boasts a long power reserve of five days, or about 120 hours.

All Caliber 9RA2 Spring Drive movements are protected from magnetic fields up to an enhanced 4,800 A/m.

Price: $9,100.

Specifications: Grand Seiko Spring Drive SLGA021

Dial: Blue, cut with gentle-wave-shaped surface. Time and date displays. 

Case: 40mm by 11.8mm steel, screw-down crown, box-shaped sapphire crystal, sapphire caseback. Water Resistance to 100 meters and magnetic resistance to 4,800 A/m.

Movement: Spring Drive Caliber 9RA2, 5-day power reserve, automatic winding. Accuracy is ±0.5 second per day / ±10 seconds per month (average). power reserve Indicator on movement side.

Bracelet: Stainless steel, three-fold clasp.

Price: $9,100.

Grand Seiko will be donating proceeds from the Phillips New York Watch Auction: SEVEN on December 10-11 to two charities.

Grand Seiko’s Kodo Constant-Force Tourbillon, unique edition (Ref. SLGT001).

The profit from the sale of select modern Grand Seiko timepieces during the auction will be donated to the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden in Miami, Florida. Its commitment to the environment perfectly aligns with the brands Nature of Time” philosophy and recognizes the importance of the natural world as a source of inspiration and creativity, according to Grand Seiko.

Funds raised from the auction of special piece-unique Grand Seiko Kodo Constant-force Tourbillon (Ref. SLGT001) will be donated to the Childrens Heart Foundation, a leading organization dedicated to funding congenital heart defect research. 

Unique piece

The Grand Seiko Kodo up for auction is unique in several ways when compared to the global model, reference SLGT003, which is limited to twenty pieces.

First, the multi-component case structure is made entirely of Grand Seiko’s proprietary alloy, Brilliant Hard Titanium. In addition, Grand Seiko colors the bridges, mainplate, and many of the components of the movement in a plated silver color. Finally, on this unique piece Grand Seiko has hand-tempered the screws blue instead of mirror polishing them, as they are on reference SLGT003.

The top bidder will also receive a trip to Japan to meet its creators, the Grand Seiko team, and a visit to Grand Seiko Studio Shizukuishi in the Iwate prefecture.

The Kodo Constant-Force Tourbillon, introduced earlier this year, is Grand Seiko’s first mechanical complication watch. It features an unusual movement that delivers high accuracy by combining a tourbillon and a constant-force mechanism as one unit on a single axis for the very first time in horological history. The watch is named Kodo, the Japanese word for heartbeat. 

Grand Seiko adds two new GMT models to its Sport Collection, and both are powered by the hyper-precise Grand Seiko quartz Caliber 9F86.

The duo, Grand Seiko models SBGN027 and SBGN029,  both feature a design built with a 39mm steel case, slightly smaller than most models in the collection.

New Grand Seiko model SBGN027, one of two new GMT watches in the Sport Collection.

One model, SBGN029, features a blue sunray dial with red accents—-most notably a red GMT hand to indicate a second time zone. The other debut, SBGN027, features a black sunray dial with monochromatic highlights.

New Grand Seiko SBGN029, with red GMT hand and blue dial.

Using the clearly differentiated GMT hand, the wearer of either model can quickly note the second time of choice using the 24-hour dial ring, which is divided into two 12-hour sections for AM and PM.

Both watches offer hands and dial indexes with generous Lumibrite coating for superior visibility in darker conditions. In addition, each watch is rated to 100 meters of water resistance and features a screw-down crown and a dual-curve sapphire crystal.

Grand Seiko supplies both models with its well-known three-row steel bracelet with high-end Zaratsu-polished surfaces .

Grand Seiko collectors are familiar with Caliber 9F series, which the watchmaker created as the “ultimate quartz watch.” This Caliber 9F86 provides extremely high accuracy, with a rating of +/-10 seconds a year. And critically for a travel watch, the movement allows the wearer to adjust the hour hand without interrupting the timekeeping.

Price: $3,300 (available in September). 

Grand Seiko launches the SLGH017 Night Birch, a darker sibling of the award-winning Grand Seiko White Birch from 2021. With similar size and technical characteristics as the earlier Birch model, the new design will display a vertically patterned deep black dial and will be cased in titanium rather than steel.

The new Grand Seiko SLGH017 Night Birch.

The original Hi-Beat 36000 80 Hours SLGH005 White Birch, which launched Grand Seiko’s new Evolution 9 series, was awarded the Men’s Watch Prize at the 2021 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève.

This new Night Birch edition will not only serve as a darker version of the original, but is the first in the Birch series to be built with Grand Seiko’s proprietary High-Intensity Titanium alloy. The watchmaker says its titanium alloy offers a brighter appearance than is seen on other titanium watches while also offering a greater hardness.

As its name implies, the Night Birch features a black and gray dial that portrays the white birch tree forest at night, more specifically during a moonlit night. Grand Seiko artisans press the dial multiple times to create its unusual depth.

Inside Grand Seiko fits its excellent caliber 9SA5, first seen in 2020. The ten-beat (36,000 vph) movement boasts eighty hours of power reserve and a precision rate of +5 to -3 seconds a day. It incorporates three Grand Seiko technical features: a Dual Impulse Escapement, a free-sprung balance and a horizontal gear train. Available in August for $10,400.

Inside Grand Seiko fits its excellent caliber 9SA5, visible through the see-through back.

 

Specifications: Grand Seiko SLGH017 Night Birch

Movement: Caliber 9SA5 Hi-Beat 36000, automatic with 80-hour power reserve, Accuracy from +5 to -3 seconds per day (when static), free-sprung balance, dual-impulse escapement, twin barrels, 36,000 vph.

Dial: Black and gray, vertically patterned, baton markers.

Case: 40mm by 11.7mm high-Intensity titanium, box-shape sapphire crystal, Zaratsu polished, distortion-free mirror finish and delicate hairline finish, see-through back, screw-down crown. Water resistance to 100 meters.

Strap: High-Intensity Titanium with clasp.

Price: $10,400.

The Horological Society of New York (HSNY) and Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo will host an online watch auction July 6 to July 13, with proceeds to assist HSNY as it advances the art and science of horology. Funds raised from the auction will underwrite offering financial aid to watchmaking institutions and scholarships to full-time watchmaking students.

Timepieces for HSNY: 2022 Charity Auction will include interesting and often rare watches from Swiss, German, Japanese and American brands, including a Tiffany-stamped watch, one prototype model and many others. Bidding is encouraged with a ‘No Reserve’ policy in force.

Here are the Lot items from Timepieces for HSNY: 2022 Charity Auction.

Lot 1 Unimatic x Massena LAB, U1-MLBN “Family and Friends”, DLC-plated stainless steel, circa 2020. Brand New. Donated by Massena LAB.

Lot 2 Nomos Glashütte, Ludwig Neomatik 39, stainless steel, circa 2020. Brand New. Donated by Nomos Glashütte.

Lot 3 Equation of Time x Atom Moore ‘Fat Arrow’ Prototype, stainless steel, circa 2022. Brand New, with limited edition metal print. Atom Moore and Roland Murphy/EOT Watches.

 

Lot 4 Grand Seiko, Reference SBGW277 U.S. Exclusive, stainless steel, circa 2021. Brand New. Donated by Grand Seiko.

Lot 5 Ulysse Nardin, open-face chronograph pocket watch with certificate and presentation box, gunmetal blue steel, circa 1912. Donated by Ulysse Nardin.

Lot 6 Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso, stainless steel, circa 2022. Brand New. Donated by Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Lot 7 Paket Philippe, Reference 715, open-face pocket watch retailed by Tiffany & Co., 18K yellow gold, circa 1967. Donated by Collectability.

Lot 8 TAG Heuer, Hodinkee TAG Heuer Carrera ‘Dato’ Limited Edition, stainless steel, circa 2020. Brand New. Donated by Hodinkee. .

Lot 9 Zenith, Collective x Zenith Chronomaster El Primero C.01, stainless steel, circa 2019. Pre Owned. Donated by Collective Horology.

“The watches donated for HSNY’s 2022 auction are amusing, exciting, historical and most of all – meaningful,” said HSNY Executive Director Nicholas Manousos. “The proceeds from the generosity of the donors and bidders will go a long way towards ensuring the success of watchmaking students, and I encourage everyone to bid with that in mind.”

“We are honored and delighted to once again support HSNY’s efforts that continue to advance watchmaking science and culture in the United States,” adds Paul Boutros, Phillips’ Head of Watches, Americas. “One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of each watch, including Phillips’ buyers’ premium, will benefit HSNY’s educational programs, scholarships, and watchmaking school awards.”

Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo (at 432 Park Avenue in New York) will be hosting viewings of Timepieces for HSNY: 2022 Charity Auction by appointment only from July 6-13. To schedule an appointment contact watchesny@phillips.com.