Reverence for nature is a cornerstone of Japanese tradition, and to seize the delicate modifications caused by the altering seasons, these are divided into 24 small seasons or sekki. The 2 Grand Seiko Soko editions (SBGA471 Spring Drive and SBGH295 Hello-Beat) seize the fragile great thing about soko, the season that asserts the arrival of autumn’s first frost. Two time-and-date watches from the Grand Seiko Heritage assortment, these particular editions made completely for the USA market, seize the fleeting great thing about soko with icy mild blue dials.
Nature, Sekki and Soko
The colors and textures of nature are a recurrent theme at Grand Seiko, starting from dials impressed by autumn woods to the colors of a daybreak sky over Mount Iwate and from the delicate ripples shaped by heat summer time winds on the hundreds of lakes and ponds dotted round Japan to the pale pink bloom of cherry blossoms. One among our favorite dials of the yr at MONOCHROME was the attractive Hello-Beat SLGH005 imitating the mottled floor of the bark of a white birch tree.
Grand Seiko Hello-Beat SBGH295 Soko Frost
The Grand Seiko Soko Version options a phenomenal ice blue dial impressed by the clear blue skies over the Sea of Japan in early winter. The marginally marbled white and lightweight blue crisscrossed sample on the dial evokes the brilliant white mild of frost mixed with the tender blue color of the sky.
Measuring 40mm throughout with a top of 12.9mm, the stainless-steel case is a modernised model of the 62GS case of 1967. Developed seven years after the start of Grand Seiko in 1960, the 62GS was the primary automated GS. The mix of brushed areas and distortion-free Zaratzu polished surfaces are distinctive options of Grand Seiko watches. Waterproof to 100 metres, the dial is protected by a box-shaped sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on the internal floor.
The bezel, which is virtually non-existent, provides strategy to the spectacular icy blue dial. Utilized, faceted and polished hour markers and gleaming, needle-sharp fingers with polished bevels attest to the superior ending expertise of Grand Seiko’s artisans. A date window at 3 o’clock and a skinny blued central seconds hand reaching the minutes/seconds monitor on the flange full the bundle.
Seiko was the primary to hit the market (1967) with a 5Hz calibre, and since then, it has at all times been in its collections. Powered by Grand Seiko Hello-Beat 36000 calibre 9S85, the high-frequency calibre (10 beats per second) delivers an influence reserve of 55 hours. Accuracy is rated at +5/-3 seconds per day, though we all know that these watches at all times carry out higher than introduced.
Offered on a metal bracelet with a triple folding clasp, the watch additionally comes with a black crocodile leather-based strap with mild blue stitching.
Fast info: 40mm diameter x 12.9mm top x 47mm lug-to-lug distance – stainless-steel, brushed and Zaratsu polished – textured ice blue dial – Grand Seiko Hello-Beat 36000 automated calibre 9S85 – 36,000vph – 55h energy reserve – ref. SBGH295 – USD 6,900
Grand Seiko Spring Drive SBGA471 Soko Frost
The second US-exclusive watch is the Spring Drive model of Soko Frost. Just like the Hello-Beat Soko Frost, the dial is mild blue however encompasses a extra delicate ornament of skinny vertical strains designed to evoke the frozen trunks of bamboo bushes within the Arashiyama forest.
The case references Grand Seiko’s 44GS mannequin of 1967 that laid down the 9 enduring components of Grand Seiko fashion that endure to today. Sharing the identical 40mm diameter because the Hello-Beat, the case is barely thinner at 12.5mm, and the lug-to-lug distance is 46.2mm. The dynamic contours of the case are highlighted with contrasting brushed and Zaratsu-polished surfaces. And in true Grand Seiko fashion, the hour markers are faceted and polished just like the sharp hour and minute fingers. Along with the date window at 3 o’clock, the Spring Drive mannequin encompasses a fan-shaped aperture at 8 o’clock for the ability reserve indicator.
Outfitted with Seiko’s modern Spring Drive know-how, a mix of a standard mainspring with an digital regulator with out batteries (in case you’re within the technicalities of Seiko’s Spring Drive, you’ll be able to learn Brice’s in-depth protection ). Upgraded with an extended energy reserve for Grand Seiko, Spring Drive know-how was launched to GS in 2004 with calibre 9R65. Designed, adjusted and assembled by hand at Grand Seiko’s Shinshu Watch Studio in Japan, calibre 9R65 gives spectacular accuracy of ±1 second per day and a 3-day/72-hour energy reserve.
Offered on a metal bracelet with a triple folding clasp, the Spring Drive Soko Frost additionally comes with a black crocodile leather-based strap with mild blue stitching.
Fast info: 40mm diameter x 12.5mm top x 46.2mm lug-to-lug distance- stainless-steel, Zaratsu polished and brushed – mild blue dial – energy reserve indicator at 8 and date aperture at 3 o’clock – Spring Drive calibre 9R65 – ± 1 second a day – 72h energy reserve – ref. SBGA471 – USD 6,000
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