Grand Seiko is determined to make the world aware of two things this year.
First, it is celebrating its 60th anniversary as a luxury brand; born out of Seiko Corporation, but now an independent business.
Secondly, that its watches are inspired by the nature and culture of its native Japan, particularly the area around its two watchmaking studios in Shizukuishi and Shinshu.
The latest anniversary limited edition from Grand Seiko is inspired by the brilliant blue sky over Mount Iwate near its Shizukuishi studio.
To the watchmakers that work at the studio, the sky’s blue hue is ideal for the sunray dial of its SBGR321, and also for the oscillating weight of its Caliber 9S65, which can be seen through a sapphire caseback that has a red inner ring, a connection to Japan’s rising sun.
It comes in a 40mm steel case on a steel bracelet, and will retail for $5,200.