Fifty-five years ago, the 44GS watch debuted, and it was a turning point for Grand Seiko. The 44GS was the first watch to fully incorporate the brand’s nine core design elements, which control everything from the angle of the case to the size of the hands to the layout of the 12 o’clock marker on the dial. Grand Seiko is in the middle of an ongoing celebration of that critical clock, and its latest release shows that carefully calibrated design principles—as well as rigorous standards for accuracy—are alive and well. The new watch is the limited-edition Grand Seiko SBGP017, and it has a beautiful dial design Coupled with an ultra-precise quartz movement inspired by clouds.
The first thing you will notice about this beautiful watch is its light blue, subtly textured dial. According to the brand, the Grand Seiko SBGP017 has a dial design inspired by the rolling layer of clouds that form in the morning under the mountains of Shinshu, the region of Japan where all Grand Seiko quartz watches are made (this includes ).
brand calls dial pattern ivao, and its slight changes in color and wavy texture reveal the fluffy surfaces of clouds; They also look like a close-up view of the brush strokes in the painting. No matter what you see when you look at it, it has a unique dial design. Paired with the sleek stainless steel of the rest of the watch, it really stands out on the wrist.
The dial is embedded in a 40mm stainless steel case that is finished with Grand Seiko’s hallmark Zaratsu polishing for a sharp, distortion-free finish. Fans of the brand will also notice several other core design elements on this watch, including a semi-recessed crown, multidimensional rectangular indices (with a double bar at 12 o’clock), and razor-sharp, multifunctional hands. The dial is topped with a durable, anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The stainless steel bracelet provides a clean, no-nonsense look that works great for more flashy occasions.
Aesthetics isn’t the only draw with the Grand Seiko SBGP017. Flip the watch over, and the see-through case back glimpses a very impressive movement: a modified version of the company’s caliber 9F85. By carefully selecting high quality quartz crystals, the watchmakers at Grand Seiko were able to increase the accuracy of this movement to within +5 to -5 seconds. one year (Standard movement is accurate to under +10 or -10 seconds).
The watch also has other accuracy-focused features, including a time difference adjustment function that allows you to change the hour hand without having to stop the watch and a mechanism to eliminate “shivering” in the seconds hand. On top of all that, the SBGP017 is also water resistant to 100 meters, so it’s tough enough to handle the rigors of daily wear.
Want to add one to your collection? You have to hunt it down. Only 2,000 will be made, and they are already sold out online.
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