Seiko turns 140 years old this year, and the brand’s luxury offshoot Grand Seiko is in a celebratory mood because of it. Grand Seiko has just launched their latest 140th Anniversary Limited Edition, and it’s one of the most impressive watches ever produced by the brand.
Modeled after the night sky of the quiet Japanese mountain village Achi, the ref. SBGZ007 showcases the type of handcrafted artistry of which only Grand Seiko is capable. The dial is deep blue in color and speckled with what appear to be tiny stars. It was created using a unique technique that combines stamping, plating, and painting to give it a different aspect at every angle. The 38.5mm case was crafted from solid platinum 950 and has been Zaratsu-polished and hand-engraved with a repeating pattern that also recalls the starry skies of Achi. The hour and minute hands, as well as the indices, are in 14K white gold, while the watch is powered by the smooth-sweeping Spring Drive Caliber 9R02 movement. The movement has been decorated and polished by hand by Grand Seiko’s “Micro Artists,” and there’s even an 18K yellow gold plaque on the movement labeling it as such (though you can change the label). The Grand Seiko SBGZ007 is limited to 50 pieces and will be available this August for $79,000.
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