We could be at some extent the place each new Grand Seiko launch seems like a slight iteration on what got here earlier than, however that doesn’t change the truth that generally they stumble onto one thing that’s completely drool worthy. The model has taken some warmth in some components of the watch group this 12 months for releasing seemingly infinite variations on present watches with out really producing something “new.” Grand Seiko has a specific sample of slotting acquainted dial textures with new colours into case shapes which have been round for awhile utilizing both a subsequent gen motion for a 5 determine value level or a legacy caliber for one thing extra inexpensive. Whereas it makes really monitoring new releases considerably harder, the tip consequence is a gigantic array of selections for the patron, which is clearly a technique Grand Seiko believes they will differentiate themselves from opponents in a constructive manner (extra watches are a good factor). Additionally, generally, it ends in a watch just like the SLGH019, a wonderfully profitable mixture, and a right away standout in an extended 12 months of releases.
There’s nothing within the element components of the SLGH019 that we haven’t seen earlier than. The case is within the now effectively understood Evolution 9 kind issue (titanium, this time), the motion is the excessive frequency 9SA5 that includes Grand Seiko’s proprietary twin impulse escapement, and the dial brings again a a lot beloved dial texture in a basic Grand Seiko shade. Straightforward sufficient to dismiss in case you’re an armchair quarterback and on the extra cynical facet. However have you ever gotten a take a look at that dial?