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Baselworld 2019: First Look at the Grand Seiko Elegance SBGY003

Baselworld 2019: First Look at the Grand Seiko Elegance SBGY003


To praise 20 years of the Spring Drive development, Grand Seiko have divulged the SBGY003 as a component of the new Elegance Collection. Combining the force created by a customary origin, the exactness of a quartz oscillator and the visual perfection given by the electromagnetic coast wheel, Seiko’s Spring Drive innovation stays the solitary part in this game after two entire decades.

There are really four new watches to stamp that accomplishment: two in platinum, one in yellow gold, and the SBGY003 — a restricted version of 700 pieces in tempered steel.

Grand Seiko Elegance SBGY003

Case material: Stainless steel Dial: White starburst Dimensions: 38.5mm x 10.2mm Crystal: Double domed sapphire with inside AR Water resistance: 30m Crown: Push/pull Movement: Grand Seiko 9R31 Strap: Black crocodile cowhide Price: 8,200 EUR Expected release: July 2019

The staggering dial includes a starburst edge design suggestive of the acclaimed “Cocktail Time,” however significantly more refined. That sharp surface is significantly more inconspicuous towards the focal point of the dial prior to becoming very articulated at the external edges, where it’s interspersed by brief track. The profoundly cleaned hands and records are essential for Grand Seiko’s signature style, and the blue recycled adds simply a blaze of shading to a generally spotless and fresh watch.

The case, with a measurement of 38.5mm, is hand completed to Grand Seiko’s unendingly exclusive requirement, and highlights carries that bend and end a little unexpectedly. I would expect this would give a short haul to-drag length to save it wearable for more modest wrists, however it additionally gives the SBGY003 a particular adjusted, and practically hindered, look.

Thanks to the new 9R31 type inside, the watch is just 10.2mm thick. Though most of Grand Seiko’s Spring Drive watches in standard creation have been programmed winding, the 9R31 is a revamping of the 9R02. Notwithstanding underlying and tasteful changes, the PR pointer has additionally been changed out from the front of the watch to the back. The force save stays at 72 hours.

The SBGY003 is clearly suggestive of one of Seiko’s mid-level top picks – the “Cocktail Time,” however the Grand Seiko SBGY003 sits numerous levels above inside and out. The dial consistently risks being excessively fastidious or elaborate, yet I feel the incorporation of the moment ring and the refined case keep the entire bundle unbelievably exquisite and common. At €8,200 and with just 700 units being created, this watch sits out of my scope for more than one explanation, yet it’s difficult to envision a superior or more able vehicle to praise the 20th commemoration of this noteworthy arrangement of movements.  Grand Seiko