Grand Seiko Pairs Rock Texture Dial With The Ancient Color of Victory

Indigo Katsu-iro was once a favorite of samurai warriors.

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Grand Seiko has looked back into Japanese history for inspiration in creating yet another knockout textured dial.

The dial blends two different elements, bringing together Katsu-iro, a deep indigo dye used since the 15th Century and used on samurai armor to signify victory, and Grand Seiko’s Iwao, or rock texture.

Both elements are used to decorate the 41mm stainless steel Grand Seiko SBGA469 Spring Drive model, which uses the brand’s proprietary quartz/mechanical hybrid movement for enhanced timekeeping accuracy and the smoothest sweep seconds hand on the market.

While this combination is a first for Grand Seiko, the color has previously been used on the SBGC238 while the texture was most recently used on the SBGA413 Shunbun, one of four Japan Seasons editions, where it was given a light-pink tone to evoke cherry sakura blossoms.

The SBGA469 is a Grand Seiko Boutique online limited edition that will retail for $5,000 in the US when it drops on December 15 or £4,300 GBP in the UK from December 1.

In other watch news, Jacob & Co. adds worldtime and Carillon minute repeater to a $780,000 USD Astronomia.

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