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For all of the watchmaking prowess (each technical and aesthetic) Grand Seiko possesses, considered one of its strengths lies within the means to seize the fleeting great thing about seasonal Japanese landscapes and translate them into stunning creations. The lately introduced quintet of Grand Seikos on the Seiko 2021 Summit are good examples — Kintaro Hattori’s tribute piece has tree rings set on its dial whereas the four-piece Seasons GMT assortment options numerous sekki influences. We will certainly go to these items in later editions however the honour of the primary Grand Seiko we cowl for 2021 is reserved for one more watch, introduced simply earlier than the summit, the Grand Seiko SLGH005 “White Birch”.
Impressed by shirakaba or the white birch forests native to the northern area of Grand Seiko’s Shizukuishi studio, the craftsmen translate and transpose the forest’s arresting summer season and winter magnificence onto the SLGH005 dial. The dial includes a sequence of barkpatterns, which we suspect are hand-finished though it isn’t talked about (affirmation will are available later points). Whereas not obvious in footage, analyzing the watch in individual will reveal the nuances and subtleties of the dial because it displays mild.
The styling of the watch is called the Collection 9 Design signature. It is going to take centre stage in future Grand Seiko Heritage collections, evoking recollections of the beloved 1967 44GS version. Thick arms and distinct faceted indices present legibility whereas Grand Seiko’s inimitable Zaratsu mirror sprucing alternates with refined hairline ending for the case to radiate a quiet glow.
On the again of final yr’s debut, Grand Seiko’s much lauded mechanical calibre 9SA5 with a twin impulse escapement, freesprung stability, horizontal gear prepare and slender total profile makes an look within the SLGH005. Larger power effectivity within the motion permits the ability reserve to be bumped as much as 80 hours regardless of it being a high-beat calibre (5 Hz).