This year, Seiko Corporation is celebrating 140 years since Kintaro Hattori founded his company in 1881. We have already seen many commemorative editions from both the parent brand and its luxury offshoot, Grand Seiko. This week, Grand Seiko has revealed a 140th anniversary limited edition powered by the new Spring Drive 5 Days Caliber 9RA2. In line with the intricately crafted and incredibly detailed dials of recent models such as the White Birch, the new watch also features a dial that depicts the serene waters of Lake Suwa close to which the brand’s Shinshu Watch Studio is located.
The intricately patterned dial evokes the gentle ripples on the surface of Lake Suwa, even portraying shimmers as the dial catches the light in various angles. The smooth sweeping seconds hand and Grand Seiko letters are in gold hue representing the morning sun rays sparkling on the lake’s surface.
Behind the sapphire case back is the new Grand Seiko Spring Drive 5 Days Caliber 9RA2, featuring a spectacular Shinshu Frost finish, apparently reflecting the frost that covers the forests in Shinsu. The diamond-cut bridge lines and hole edges reflect light from all angles with the jewels and the tempered blue power reserve indicator adding some extra sparkle.
The Caliber 9RA2, with its Magic Lever positioned away from the centre of the movement to reduce its thickness, allows the new model to be slimmer than any other current automatic Spring Drive watch.
This commemorative limited edition stays true to the Grand Seiko design aesthetic and features a mix of Zaratsu polished, distortion-free mirror finish and delicate hairline finish. The bracelet clasp carries the Grand Seiko initials in 18k gold.
The watch will be available as a limited edition of 2,021 at the Grand Seiko Boutiques and selected retail stores worldwide in December 2021.