Final yr’s Hello-Beat “White Birch” SLGH005 was a smash hit for Grand Seiko and was absolutely one of many hottest watches launched all yr. And regardless that it wasn’t as white within the literal sense of the phrase, it was one very interesting watch altogether. For 2022, Grand Seiko continues on the central theme set out by the SLGH005. A couple of month in the past it launched the White Birch Spring Drive SLGA009, and now presents a lavish inexperienced iteration with the Grand Seiko Hello-Beat Inexperienced Birch SLGH011.
We’ve checked out the variations between the SLGH005 and the SLGA009 intimately earlier than, so we gained’t go into too many particulars once more. This new model comes with slight modifications in comparison with the SLGH005, which it’s the closest to due to its totally mechanical motion (extra on that later). We count on to have the ability to comply with up with a hands-on story quickly after, so we’ll keep on with the fundamentals for now.
The case is similar as within the SLGH005, so 40mm in diameter with a peak of 11.7mm and a lug to lug of 47mm. It has a mixture of brushed and Zaratsu polished surfaces and contains a bezel with a Zaratsu polished bevel and vertical brushing on high. The lugs are faceted on the outward and inward angles, and sapphire crystals cowl each the dial and the motion.
The largest change could be discovered on the dial, which is now completed in a luscious deep inexperienced color. Texture-wise it’s nonetheless impressed by the birch tree forests surrounding the Shizukuishi studio the place it’s made, however now in summertime. The palms and markers are modified too, with brushed high surfaces as an alternative of polished. The blued central seconds hand has been changed by a sophisticated metal one. At 3 o’clock, a framed window reveals the date.
The Inexperienced Birch SLGH011 makes use of Grand Seiko’s Hello-Beat Calibre 9SA5, much like the SLGH005. This ticks at a excessive tempo of 36,000vph and has a Direct Impulse Escapement with a free-sprung steadiness. It’s regulated to run inside a deviation of +5/-3 seconds per day and offers 80 hours of autonomy.
Worn on a chrome steel brushed and polished three-link bracelet, the watch is introduced as a Grand Seiko On-line Boutique Unique. It retails for Eur 9,200 and is obtainable from September 1st, however is open for pre-orders as of now.
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