Grand Seiko has unveiled a limited edition version of its award-winning Hi-beat 3600 GMT model. The new timepiece, Ref. SBGJ227, features a dark green dial with a stamped pattern that’s inspired by a peacock’s plumage.
Based on the watch that won the “Petite Aiguille” award prize at the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) in 2014, this timepiece is assembled in the Shizuku-ishi Watch Studio in Morioka where all Grand Seiko mechanical watches are manufactured and assembled by hand.
The 40 mm stainless steel case is a modern take on the acclaimed 44GS design from 1967 that set the template for this premium brand. This being Grand Seiko, the case is highly polished using the Zaratsu-polishing technique that results in distortion-free surfaces. The case is 14.4 mm thick, uses a see-through caseback and is water resistant to 10 bar and has a magnetic resistance up to 4,800 A/m.
What’s with the peacock theme? According to the PR spiel, the bird has inspired many ideas and myths throughout history. The ancients believed that peacocks symbolized immortality, while other cultures have seen renewal and even the ability to be all-seeing in this beautiful bird.
It is true that Buddhism carried the peacock symbolism east to Japan where it is seen as a symbol of compassion and kind-heartedness, and it is believed to have the power to counteract poison, invoke rain and ensure good health.
The stamped dark green dial is a reference to the plumage of this bird. Visually striking, the dial uses the characteristic razor edged hands for high legibility and an additional yellow GMT hand for the 24 hour function. The 24 hour markers are located on the inner flange of the dial.
The watch is powered by the high-beat GMT Caliber 9S86. A 37-jewel movement, the escapement vibrates at 10 beats per second (5 Hz) ensuring an accuracy of -3 to +5 seconds per day. The movement has a power reserve of 55 hours and has all the haute horology flourishes that we’ve come to expect from Grand Seiko. The SBGJ227 is a limited edition of 700 pieces and is priced at $9,062 (AED33,280).