FEATURING: GRAND SEIKO – Two Anniversaries. Two Special Editions.

Fondly known as the “King of watches in the East”, Kintaro Hattori, the founder of Seiko was born in central Tokyo in 1860 at a time in Japanese history characterized by rapid modernization and westernization. In 1881, at the age of just 21, this young entrepreneur set up his own company, “K. Hattori”, to wholesale and retail imported timepieces and, just twelve years later, he established a factory which he called Seikosha, “The house of precision”, to produce his own clocks and, later, watches. His aim was for Seikosha to be able to manufacture and assemble all the components for its timepieces in-house by mastering every aspect of the horological art. And well the success of the Grand Seiko today is a testament to his remarkable vision & innovations and continues to inspire it to this day. 

The Kintaro Hattori 160th Anniversary Limited Edition

2021 will mark the 140th anniversary of the founding of Seikosha and the 160th anniversary of his birth. The house of Grand Seiko proudly celebrates the life and achievements of Kintaro Hattori with two Spring Drive masterpiece. Both watches exemplify Kintaro’s dedication to complete mastery of every aspect of the watchmaker’s art. 

A Spring Drive masterpiece

To commemorate the 160th anniversary of Kintaro Hattori’s birth, the elite team of watchmakers at the Micro Artist Studio have introduced a spring drive with a softly rounded Zaratsu polished case made of Platinum 950. To ensure perfect legibility, the sapphire crystal glass is dual-curved with each surface being shaped.

The intricate pattern on the dial here is made possible by processing techniques that create a delicate dial surface with varying depths. The interplay of light and shadow on the dial that is an essential part of the signature of every Grand Seiko is accentuated by the application of seconds markers that enhance the legibility of the time. As has been the tradition since the 1960’s, a star mark located at six o’clock denotes that the indexes are of solid gold. The indexes and the hour and minute hands are in 14K white gold and are specially cut to create a sharpness that amplifies the enduring beauty of the gold. 

The “S” trademark is visible through the sapphire crystal set into the 18k rose gold case back

Assembled, adjusted and finished by hand by the craftsmen and women of the Micro Artist Studio, the watch is powered by Caliber 9R02 that delivers a power reserve of 84 hours. 84 hours? Well, thanks to the Dual Spring Barrel in which two independent thin, long mainsprings are set in parallel in a single barrel – the Torque Return System*. Since it is a celebratory watch, this spring drive can also be customised. The Caliber 9R02 that incorporates an 18k yellow gold plaque which carries the engraved words “Micro Artist” can be replaced with words of your choice. This slim and exquisite timepiece has a depth of just 9.6mm and will be available as a limited edition of 50 pieces in the Grand Seiko Boutiques worldwide early 2021.

*Torque Return System: When the mainspring has been fully wound and the torque output is at its highest, approximately 30% of the available power is not needed to maintain the precision of the watch, and is in effect wasted in a normal movement. The Torque Return System uses this energy to rewind the mainspring, resulting in an increase in the power reserve. In Caliber 9R02, this system is activated for 48 hours after the mainspring has been fully wound. 

Presenting first Grand Seiko in 18k rose gold 

Celebrating the birth of the Grand Seiko in 1960, the brand will introduce the first Grand Seiko in 18k rose gold early next year. This limited edition of 350 pieces will offer a remarkable blend of slimness, efficiency and precision with a case depth of 10.9 mm, a 72 hour power reserve and the accuracy rate is +5 to –3 seconds per day, all made possible by the hand-wound Caliber 9S64 that powers the watch. 

The case and indexes are in 18k gold and the anniversary is marked by the trademark “S” engraved on a gold plate set into the movement’s bridge. Kintaro Hattori registered this mark in 1900 as the symbol of the Seikosha factory.

“Every merchant needs to be one step ahead of the rest, but only one step. If you go too many steps ahead, you will become distant from the public and closer to a prophet. A merchant should never become a prophet”.
Kintaro Hattori 

Technical Specification:

Grand Seiko Masterpiece Collection | Kintaro Hattori 160th Anniversary Limited Edition 

Spring Drive Caliber 9R02
Driving system: manual winding
Power reserve: 84 hours
Accuracy: ± 1 second per day (± 15 seconds per month) Dual-Spring Barrel and Torque Return System
Power reserve indicator
Number of jewels: 39 

Specifications
Platinum 950 case and clasp
Dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating See-through screw case back
Water resistance: 3 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 37.5mm, Thickness: 9.6mm
Crocodile strap with three-fold clasp with push button release Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: €106,000 Limited edition of 50 available exclusively at the Grand Seiko Boutiques 

Re-creation of the first Grand Seiko in rose gold Seiko 140th Anniversary Limited Edition 

Caliber 9S64
Driving system: manual winding
Vibrations: 28,800 vibrations per hour (8 beats per second) Accuracy: +5 to –3 seconds per day (when static)
Power reserve: 72 hours
Number of jewels: 24 

Specifications
18k rose gold case and clasp
Crocodile strap with three-fold clasp with push button release Dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating See-through case back
Water resistance: 3 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 38.0mm, Thickness: 10.9mm
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: €28,000 Limited edition of 350 available exclusively at the Grand Seiko Boutiques 

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