Followers of Grand Seiko’s White Birch watch are in for a deal with with the discharge of this hand-engraved platinum version that takes the birch forest motif past the confines of the dial. Enthusiastically obtained when it appeared in 2020, the silvery textured White Birch or Shirakaba motif has graced the dials of Hello-Beat and Spring Drive fashions alike. At this time, Grand Seiko introduces a high-end platinum version with a totally hand-engraved case evoking the textures of the white birch forest throughout winter. Marking the third engraved Masterpiece powered by a manual-winding Spring Drive motion, the Majestic White Birch SBGZ009 is a restricted version of fifty items.
Nature is a cornerstone of Japanese tradition and a predominant theme at Grand Seiko. Even the settings of the Japanese model’s manufactures are deliberately studied to encourage the takumi (artisans). The Shinshu Watch Studio in Shiojiri, the place Spring Drive actions are made, is situated within the Nagano Prefecture, the place an expansive forest of white birch bushes lies on the foot of the Yatsugatake Mountains. Impressed by the snow-covered white birch forest throughout winter, Grand Seiko’s grasp engravers and artisans have recreated the natural texture of white bark on the dial and the case.
The Majestic White Birch
As a member of the Masterpiece household, the case materials is valuable platinum, and the finishings are executed on the Micro Artist Studio, a part of the Shinshu Watch Studio in Shiojiri. Established in 2002, this high-end watch studio goals to provide particular editions that excel in horological know-how and hand craftsmanship of the best order.
It’s fascinating to notice that though the 38.5mm platinum case is solely engraved by hand, it’s first polished utilizing the Zaratsu distortion-free mirror sharpening we affiliate with Grand Seiko’s most interesting watches. The compact case dimensions are complemented by a thickness of 9.8mm – together with the domed sapphire crystal – which is far thinner than many fashions produced by Grand Seiko, giving it a right away gown watch attraction. The elegant black crocodile strap additional underscores the gown watch character of this version.
Embellished with a white birch-inspired sample, the feel on the dial differs barely from earlier editions; the incisions appear much less emphatic than the Hello-Beat (SLGH005) dial however extra pronounced than the Spring Drive (SLGA009). The tone of the dial can be extra metallic and considerably duller than the abovementioned fashions, permitting the engraved case to shine.
To face out towards the background, the utilized diamond-cut hour markers and faceted and gleaming hour and minute palms are made from 14k white gold. Alighting completely on the minute observe, the minute and seconds palms are formed by hand to realize a delicate curve. The minute observe, the GS brand, the Grand Seiko and Spring Drive inscriptions, and the star at 6 o’clock should not stamped however carved into the dial. In step with its refined character, the seconds hand will not be blue however gray to match the dial.
Spring Drive calibre 9R02
The reverse reveals Grand Seiko’s finely executed manual-winding Spring Drive calibre. Developed particularly for Masterpiece fashions in 2019, calibre 9R02 is predicated on calibre 7R14 however flaunts technical enhancements that increase its energy reserve. Utilizing the model’s proprietary Spring Drive know-how, which merges the precision of quartz regulation with the sweetness and perpetuity of a mechanical calibre, the 9R02 has a twin mainspring construction and a Torque Return System, ensuing within the excellent 84-hour energy reserve. The hand-assembled Spring Drive motion can be superbly embellished with a bellflower (image of Shiojiri) over the barrel, hand-finished bridges with brightly polished bevels and advantageous hairline finishings. An 18k gold plaque on the decrease bridge is engraved with the phrases “Micro Artist”, alluding to the Micro Artist Studio in Shiojiri, the place unique Spring Drive watches are dropped at life.
Availability & Worth
The Grand Seiko Masterpiece Hand-Engraved Handbook-Winding Spring Drive SBGZ009 Majestic White Birch in platinum is a restricted version of fifty items and will likely be out there at Grand Seiko Boutiques in June 2023. The retail value in Europe is EUR 80,000. Extra info at Grand-seiko.com.
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