Grand Seiko Celebrates the Seasons in Japan With "Soko" Watch Collection

Inspired by the Arashiyama bamboo forest of Kyoto.

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Grand Seiko has just released a pair of watches celebrating the ever-changing months of the year. Named the Soko models under the Heritage collection, the watches are inspired by Japan’s 24 sekki – each season is divided into six parts for a total of 24 periods of the solar year.

Exclusive to the United States, the Soko (the end of Autumn) collection embraces the forest just before Winter approaches. The satin lines and green hands represent the unwavering stocks of the Arashiyama bamboo forest of Kyoto while the choice of “shadow” (SBGA429) or “light” (SBGA427) dial versions represents the slashes of light that shine through the densely-packed grove.

Powering the Soko watches is the Spring Drive 9R65 Caliber – a handmade movement crafted in the Shinshu Watch Studio in Japan. The 39mm watch packs 72 hours of power reserve, has a power reserve indicator, is water-resistant up to 100m, and is accurate up to ±1 second per day. Those interested can find the watches dropping stateside for a price of $5,000 USD. Head over to Grand Seiko to learn more.

In other watch news, Grand Seiko’s latest dive watches feature detail-rich bezels.

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