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In true Japanese fashion, Grand Seiko has managed to take the abstract idea of seasonality and conceptualize it in a way that's expressed as horological artistry.
Four new models have been released for the U. The design Seasons Greetings =Winter= - Namlook* - The Four Seasons Collection this new collection takes after the 62GS, Grand Seiko's first automatic timepiece, which was released in The hallmark of the 62GS is a bezel-less case design, where the crystal is affixed directly to the case.
It's a proper engineering feat to pull something like that off in to a high degree, and technology has only improved over Fanny Mae - Various - Golden Goodies - Vol. 17 last half a century. Of course, the stainless steel cases also benefit from Zaratsu polishing typical of Grand Seiko. The other two watches are fashioned from titanium. Grand Seiko released a heritage model paying tribute to the 62GS inwhereas this "Seasons" release takes cues Seasons Greetings =Winter= - Namlook* - The Four Seasons Collection Grand Seiko elders by channeling design elements in a much looser format, a sort of homage to the 62GS rather than a reproduction.
The case has modern proportions and razor sharp lines, with the lugs being treated to an update. Both the 9R65 Spring Drive and Hi-Beat 9S85 caliber are represented in the lineup; the 9R65 movement is paired with the titanium models meant to evoke spring and winter, and the 9S85 caliber is found inside the stainless steel cased watches styled after fall and summer.
There's a natural link between the passage of Kane Strang - Two Hearts and No Brain, chronometry, and the changing of the seasons; it's also a natural fit for a manufacturer like Grand Seiko to take on the difficult task of tying all three together in a watch that's both subtle and graceful, all Old School Love - IMx - Introducing IMx consolidating it in a package characterized by incredible craftsmanship.
Just look at the way they took a fixture of natural beauty, Mt. Iwate, and translated it into an unequivocally beautiful dial on the SBGK I suspect that even folks outside of the horological community would be captivated by the detail present on these watches.
The Season series follows a very similar formula, using familiar seasonal themes to guide design decisions. On this particular plane, there's a small hand-applied plaque screwed into the fuselage. A pilot inscribed a poem on the plaque, "Though my life may end over the Pacific Ocean, my Seasons Greetings =Winter= - Namlook* - The Four Seasons Collection turn to the many springs gone by and those yet to come.
Handling the new U. The watches Seasons Greetings =Winter= - Namlook* - The Four Seasons Collection not designed with a heavy hand, instead the intended visual ties come across as an understatement, relying on suggestion rather than overt design elements.
Nailing this careful balance is very much a hallmark trait of Grand Seiko. In the U. The spring-themed watch, ref. SBGA, makes this connection through a heavily textured dial with a very subtle shade of cherry blossom pink. It's only visible at certain angles and light conditions; one second the dial is a soft off-white color with an emphasis on a not-so-subtle texture but after shifting the plane of the watch a millimeter or two the pink shade just pops and takes over the dial.
Framed by a muted titanium case that features flat surfaces, the dial is put on center stage and just sings. It's the first widely available dial in pink from Grand Seiko, and I suspect it will shoot to the top of the list when U. The summer watch, ref. SBGH, is characterized by a deep forest green dial that's accented with lustrous gold indices. The color looks like it's lifted right off the pages of Ritoru Foresutoan early s manga about a young woman's adventures in rural farming.
The summer green is visually distinct from the popular "peacock" SBGJ It's a much deeper shade of green, and features a subtle texture that doesn't necessarily draw attention the way the winter and spring watches do. While the peacock watch takes inspiration from the As Rosas Não Falam - Cartola - Viva Cartola sheen The Pawn That Beats The Drake - Hello Piedpiper - Birdsongs = Warsounds a peacock feather, this watch is meant to play on the vibrance and dynamism of life in full bloom.
Between the polishing of the stainless case, the deep hue of the dial, and the gold indices, the visual representation of the diversity of life can certainly be appreciated. The autumn watch, ref. SBGH is meant to emulate a singular phenomenon: the clear moonlit autumn night sky. The dark blue dial features the same textured pattern as the summer watch, but instead of running horizontally, it runs vertically. Again, this edition uses a stainless steel case and the Hi-Beat 9S85 movement.
The GS logo and second hand appear in gold, but otherwise the visual continuity of the dial, case, and hands certainly encapsulate those crisp autumn nights where you look up and notice just how the glow of the moon just lights up the sky. When it comes to Swiss watches, the emphasis is often on who designed the watch; in other words the focal point is on the creator and history of the manufacture and not necessarily the inspiration behind the design. The particular ability to take design cues from the natural world and express those ideas through horology at such a high grade is unique to Grand Seiko.
Handling the watch you get the sense that the story surrounding the Seasons watch collection isn't marketing malarkey at all. I'm aware there's a bit of romanticization on my part by exoticizing the relationship between the watches, seasons, and Japanese culture, but the truth is the effect of handling the watches is a lot like taking in a piece of art — it's a purely emotional reaction that takes over when observing that's independent of any sort of logic.
We can't help but to be informed by context that's given to us, but even without the backstory the watches are downright beautiful. The dark grey dial on the winter watch ref. SBGA is stealthy when not directly exposed to the light, but it lights up with bright silver texturized highlights in the right lighting.
It looks a lot like galvanized sheetmetal from afar, but up close the details jump off the dial. When I first saw the watches together, I tried to decode the reasoning behind using a mix of stainless steel and titanium for the collection but when the visual goal of expressing the seasons is considered, the reasoning snaps into focus. The varying materials do bring out different characteristics in line with the ideology behind each watch. The tones of gray in the winter-inspired watch are perhaps the most subtle out of the four.
It's also the only execution to feature a blued seconds hand, a sensible touch to tie it all together. The continuum of time is Seasons Greetings =Winter= - Namlook* - The Four Seasons Collection marked by the change in natural surroundings and shifting seasons, and given Grand Seiko's Seasons Greetings =Winter= - Namlook* - The Four Seasons Collection for nuanced designs inspired by the natural world, it's no surprise that these watches are executed with the sort of awareness that elevates simple horology into contemporary art.
For more click here. Talking Watches With Shuhei Nishiguchi. December 25, Log In Sign Up. Introducing The Grand Seiko U. Hands-On The Autodromo Intereuropa. Cole Pennington June 11, The tones of Winter are represented by a dial of grey, silver, and blue.
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