Being impressed by its nation of origin is a recurring theme at Grand Seiko. Happy with being Japanese, the model depends on basic artistry and tradition to create dials that replicate Nippon surroundings or native craftsmanship, such because the Snowflake mannequin or the Class assortment with Urushi dials. A part of the Grand Seiko Heritage Assortment, a brand new restricted version mannequin has simply been introduced with a dial reflecting autumn in Japan. Meet the brand new Restricted Version SBGH269 Hello-Beat.
This new autumn-inspired watch relies on a basic mannequin within the Heritage assortment, the 36000 Hello-Beat watch, which might be discovered as common fashions below the references SBGH201 (white dial) and SBGH205 (black dial). On this occasion, the Autumn SBGH269 depends on most visible and mechanical specs, with the addition of a brand new (and actually particular) dial, in addition to a particular ornament for the motion.
Let’s first take a look at what’s widespread to this restricted version and the remainder of the 36000 Hello-Beat fashions. This new reference SBGH269 is available in a well-proportioned 39.5mm case manufactured from stainless-steel. It options the signature case of the model, with sharp angles, faceted inner a part of the lugs, straight case bands and a flat polished bezel. The surfaces are completed in Grand Seiko’s conventional means, that means an outstanding lustre due to the Zaratsu (distortion-free) sprucing method, mixed with brushed areas.
The Grand Seiko Heritage “Autumn” Restricted Version SBGH269 is worn on a Three-link stainless-steel bracelet, outfitted with a three-fold clasp with push-button launch. The watch has a sporty model and gives a stable 100m water-resistance. Different specs embrace a 13mm top and an general weight of 154 grams, bracelet included.
Powering this SBGH269 is the well-known calibre 9S85, a exact automated motion with a central rotor and, essential specificity, a hi-beat frequency of 5Hz – or 36,000 vibrations per hour. This motion shows the hours, minutes and seconds, in addition to a date at Three o’clock. The ability reserve is of 55 hours and the accuracy is reported at +5 to -Three seconds per day (which, realizing Grand Seiko, is greater than cautious).
What differs on this Autumn Restricted Version SBGH269 then? Primarily, the dial. The dial is claimed to replicate “the surroundings seen within the mountainous areas of Japan wherein the leaves regularly flip to a deep purple because the season adjustments from summer time to autumn“. The dial options an intense darkish purple color with a gradient impact over a vertical sample, as “mirrored within the lacquered picket flooring of conventional Japanese structure“. This dial is punctuated by gold-coloured accents on the seconds hand, the minute markers and the utilized GS brand. Signature faceted arms and utilized indexes are discovered too.
Additionally new to this mannequin is the particularly embellished motion, with a titanium rotor that has been anodised to a blue-green color, depicting “the shade of inexperienced leaves that haven’t but been dyed in purple, permitting the seasonal shifts to be felt“.
Value and availability
The Grand Seiko Heritage Autumn Restricted Version SBGH269 is a restricted version of 900 items, which might be accessible later this Autumn 2019. It will likely be priced at USD 6,400 or EUR 6,800 (vs. USD 5,800 for the SBGH201 and SBGH205). Extra particulars at grand-seiko.com.