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Grand Seiko’s New Gold Statement Piece is Modeled After Samurai Armor

by Zach Kazan

It goes with out saying that we’re all fairly huge Grand Seiko followers round right here, and we love masking the extra shopper centered releases from the model, which we predict represents top-of-the-line worth propositions in watchmaking at this time. However each from time to time, Grand Seiko releases one thing on the larger finish of the spectrum that we simply can’t resist sharing with our readers, and the SBGC238 falls squarely into that class. 

Trustworthy readers will keep in mind our coverage of the SBGC229 in April of last year, a sporty tribute to the 20th anniversary of Spring Drive and a salute to the Nissan GT-R. The SBGC238 is constructed on the identical platform and shares the identical 9R96 Spring Drive caliber, however leaves a vastly totally different impression. If the Nissan collab was quick and sporty, the strong gold SBGC238 is sort of hysterically opulent, an announcement piece if there ever was one. 

As a refresher, what we’ve got right here when it comes to characteristic set is a Spring Drive GMT chronograph, which makes this watch among the many most complex within the Grand Seiko arsenal. The motion has a 72 hour energy reserve, and is correct to only half a second per day, or 10 seconds per 30 days, which is bananas (the technical time period) for a motion with a mechanical gear prepare.

The brand new watch is a part of the continued 60th anniversary celebration for the Grand Seiko model, and the design of the watch is claimed to take inspiration from armor worn by samurai warlords of the Sengoku interval. The deep blue seen on the textured dial is a nod to the normal “Katsu-iro” coloration that was favored by samurai in 15th – 17th century Japan, and the rose gold stuffed grooves of the crocodile strap signify the armor worn by these samurai. It’s all very whimsical, and tells an enchanting story that’s uniquely Japanese, which is a part of the rationale we love this model a lot. And as somebody who grew up on Seven Samurai and different movies by the good Akira Kurosawa, a samurai themed watch from Grand Seiko appears like one thing that was a very long time coming. 

The case, in rose gold, has the identical sporty and angular look that has been creeping into Grand Seiko’s rising sports activities watch lineup. It measures 44.5mm in diameter and is 16.8mm thick, which shouldn’t be a shock contemplating the extent of complexity of this motion (and Grand Seiko’s propensity of chunkiness of their sportier choices). That stated, I don’t suppose that is the kind of watch somebody wears once they’re in search of a little bit discretion. It’s a giant, loud, dialog starter.

Naturally, the SBGC238 just isn’t cheap or simple to acquire. It’s restricted to 100 examples worldwide, with a retail worth set at $44,300. Grand Seiko

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