After the succes in 2016 of the limited edition of four Spring Drive watches executed in high-intensity titanium and zirconia ceramic with crocodile straps, Grand Seiko further enriches the variation in the sports arena with three new creations, all with the same sports design and a new hybrid titanium-ceramic bracelet construction. The new series also features a more powerful dial design with the Grand Seiko logo under the eleven o’clock position.
The Spring Drive Chronograph may well be the most accurate luxury chronograph in the world, offering a precision of one second a day or, in the case of the limited edition model, ten seconds a month. The dial is supremely easy to read, thanks to the diamond-cut hands and markers, extended GMT and minute hands and the Lumibrite inserts on the hands as well as the markers. The watch is also delight to wear, primarily because of the light-weight hybrid titanium-ceramic case measuring 46.4mm in diameter and bracelet. As the zirconia ceramic parts (which is stronger and tougher than any other fine ceramic) are raised slightly above the level of the titanium, the bracelet is virtually impervious to scratches and will retain its pristine appearance just as long as the watch case itself. Remarkably, given the technical difficulty of polishing ceramics, the ceramic parts in the center of the bracelet are polished to a mirror finish and the signature Grand Seiko sharpness of the angles on each component has been achieved.
Chronographe Spring Drive GMT Ref. SBGC221
The collection comprises three versions, of which the undoubted star is the limited edition, created to mark the tenth anniversary of the Spring Drive Chronograph GMT caliber. It is different in both function and design. The bezel has a tachymeter and, as noted above, the caliber, 9R96, is specially adjusted for enhanced accuracy. The Grand Seiko blue is matched for the first time with the rose gold tone of the hands and markers and the oscillating weight carries an 18k rose gold Grand Seiko lion to mark the enhanced precision. The 18k rose gold Grand Seiko logo also graces the buckle.
Spring Drive Chronograph GMT and Limited Edition
This new collection will be available worldwide from June 2017. Approximate recommended retail prices in Europe: 19,800 Euro (Limited Edition SBGC219) and 18,700 Euro (SBGC221, 223).