There are a number of characteristics that luxury watch brand Grand Seiko is known for. There’s the innovative Spring Drive movement, the unmatched case finishing, and the intricate dials inspired by Japan’s natural beauty. The brand’s latest effort combines all of these elements in a breathtaking package that just might be the ultimate expression of Grand Seiko’s Nature of Time design philosophy.
The Grand Seiko SBGY007 has a gorgeous textured ice blue dial that was inspired by the natural phenomenon known as “Omiwatari” Also known as “Gods Crossing,” it’s when massive striations form in the ice of frozen Lake Suwa in the winter, which legend states were caused by the gods walking on the ice. The watch is powered by the caliber 9R31, a rare hand-wound example of Grand Seiko’s ultra-accurate, smooth-sweeping Spring Drive movement. The dual-barreled movement has a 72-hour power reserve, but unlike most Spring Drive watches, there’s no power reserve indicator on the dial. Instead, it’s on the back of the watch, leaving the dial clutter-free so one can fully appreciate the work that went into it. When you combine that with the killer movement and the watch’s more conservative case size of 38.5mm x 10.2mm, you’re left with perhaps the most perfect Grand Seiko yet. The SGBY007 will go on sale this July for $8,300.
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