This year marks the 60th anniversary of esteemed Japanese luxury watchmaker Grand Seiko, and in celebration of such a monumental achievement, the company is releasing a limited edition piece equipped with an all-new in-house hi-beat movement.
Maintaining the brand’s design philosophy, the upcoming timepiece is a perfect representation of luxurious minimalism, with a solid 18k yellow gold 40mm case, clasp, and indices. The pristine white dial sits comfortably beneath a sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating, featuring a date window at 3 o’clock. Most impressive is the heart of the watch: a new Caliber 9SA5 Hi-Beat which ticks 36,000 times per hour, equating to 10 beats a second, with a power reserve of 80 hours. Finishing the timepiece off is a brown crocodile strap to complement the golden tones.
“2020 is a very special year for Grand Seiko as it is the 60th anniversary of its creation. Of course, the number 60 has great resonance in our industry as one of the fundamental numbers in horology but, for us in Japan, it has another and even more important significance,” says Grand Seiko CEO Shinji Hattori. “When a person reaches 60, he or she has gone full circle through the traditional zodiac calendar cycle and has arrived back at the beginning. It is a moment of new energy and re-birth and, for Grand Seiko, a golden opportunity that we are embracing wholeheartedly.”
For those interested, the Grand Seiko 60th Anniversary Limited Edition will be available soon, retailing for roughly $43,000 USD, and limited to only 100 made.
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