Grand Seiko is marking twenty years since its first GMT with a special edition, the SBGE275, added to its Sport Collection.
The seasonally-inspired dial theme appears once again, with the dial of this latest model again said to be influenced by the mountains of central Japan, where their Shinshu studio is located. How so? Well the colour aspect is self-evident, but the texture is meant to represent how, on the cusp between winter and spring, the mountain caps look as the snow starts to thaw.
A deep blue colour has been chosen for the bezel and as the ‘accent colour’ for various aspects of the dial, right down to the power reserve indicator at 8 o’clock. The GMT hand is used for the second time zone function, but the 24-hour bezel can also be set for a third one, should the need arise. Lumibrite is used for the bezel, indices, and hour, minute and GMT hands.
Behind the open case back can be seen the automatic Spring Drive GMT Caliber 9R16, which has a power reserve of 72 hours and an accuracy of ±0.5 second per day. Its oscillating weight is decorated with an 18k gold emblem of the Grand Seiko lion.
Coming on a bracelet with a three-fold clasp, this new stainless steel model is 44mm (thickness of 14.9mm) with a water resistance of 200m, so you don’t have to worry about it dropping into the snow.
The new Grand Seiko GMT 20th Anniversary is in a limited edition of 1,500 pieces with the limitation number xxxx/1,500 on the case back, the Australian RRP for the new SBGE275 is AUD 10,895 (EUR 7,400) and it can pre-ordered from Grand Seiko boutiques or online, with delivery in February/ March 2022.
[Photo credit: Grand Seiko]