Basel Review New Watches from Grand Seiko
Monday - 12 March 2012
The Seiko hi-beat movement allows more stable accuracy and a 55 hour power reserve. The new Special Edition Hi-Beat 36,000 is available in three shades of 18k gold (rose, yellow and white), with a gold lion emblem on the oscillating weight. Each has a 38 mm case, crocodile strap with 18k gold buckle, and see-through screw case back with sapphire crystal.
Caliber 9S85: 36,000vph, 55 hour power reserve, self-winding with manual winding capability.
The rose gold and yellow gold models have a retail price of approximately £19,300, while the white gold version will cost in the region of £20,700.
Grand Seiko GMT
Two new Limited Edition GMT models have been released to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the brand's signature timepiece.
The new designs feature a titanium oscillating weight, with high elasticity that resists distortion if the watch is dropped. Titanium gives extra durability due to its high resistance to corrosion, and it absorbs vibration ten times better than brass, reducing the risk of damage to the movement.
The dial and oscillating weights are in blue, with a gold coloured GMT hand. Both models feature a see-through screw case back with sapphire crystal, magnetic resistance of 10,000 A/m, and high definition dual-curved sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating.
Caliber 9S66: 28,800vph, GMT hand, 72 hour power reserve, self-winding with manual winding capability.
The SBGM031 is a limited edition of 1,000 pieces. The stainless steel case measures 39.5 mm. It features a blue crocodile strap and it is water resistant to 3 bar, with a retail price of approximately £5,290.