Grand Seiko has unveiled a new version of its celebrated Spring Drive 8 Day Power Reserve, this time in rose gold with a gorgeous black dial inspired by the night sky above the town of Shiojiri in central Japan, the birthplace of this watch.

The brand first unveiled the Grand Seiko Spring Drive 8 Day Power Reserve during Baselworld 2016 with a Zaratsu-polished platinum case. It featured a manually-wound movement with three separate barrels that provided 192 hours of power when fully wound. This was the first Grand Seiko watch produced by the famed Micro Artist Studio in Seiko’s Shiojiri facility best known for working on monumental watches like the Credor Spring Drive Minute Repeater, Sonnerie and Eichi. You can read more about the Grand Seiko tradition here.

The rose gold case is Zaratsu polished to fine luster

The version launched today ( Ref. SBGD202) features a 43-mm wide 18k rose gold case and is fitted with a box-shaped sapphire crystal. As mentioned earlier, the black dial is inspired by the night sky in the mountains that surround the Micro Artist Studio in Shiojiri. The dial is first electroplated and then it receives a coat of paint before being finished with a top coat of transparent lacquer.

We checked with Seiko if the dial was specked with gold particles to create that shimmery stars-in-the-night-sky effect but we were informed that the sparkles are an effect of the dial. These sparkles do add an extra depth and richness to the dial.

This is the first Grand Seiko made at Micro Artists Studio

The dial features the new Grand Seiko branding at 12 o’ clock. It may be recalled that Seiko hived off Grand Seiko as a separate brand in March this year. The dial features the familiar five-faceted profile of the hands and hour markers. And in true Grand Seiko style, the hands and markers have razor edge polishing while the rose gold case features a sharp mirror finish achieved with the Zaratsu technique that was developed for the platinum version.

The outline of the bridge is inspired by Mt Fuji

The sapphire case back reveals the movement, Caliber 9R01, with the characteristic one-piece bridge that ensures the precise positioning of each wheel in the gear train and maximizes the efficiency of the transmission of power from the barrels. Its rigidity and enhanced depth also minimize its distortion in the event of impact or other shock. The outline of Mt. Fuji emerges from the shape of the bridge and the polished rubies and tempered blue screws are meant to evoke the lights of the city of Suwa below the Studio’s home.

This remarkable watch will be available in September and is priced at $52,870 (AED216,322).