The Grand Seiko Spring Drive Snowflake Watch Review
Friday - 19 May 2017
Grand Seiko revisit a hugely successful model to the delight of watch connoisseurs worldwide. Given the name Snowflake due to the beautiful textured dial, the new release SBGA211G is extremely similar to its predecessor. In fact, the only change is the logo that now sits at 12 o’clock replacing the SEIKO branding. A design choice that adds clarity and simplicity to the dial. The popular Snowflake design is now accessible to watch fanatics; a highly sought after timepiece that was extremely difficult to get hold of.
The soft, textured dial reflects the snow that falls outside the Japanese design studio creating a stunning blank canvas. Situated in the hills of Japan, the view becomes a breathtaking, glistening site that inspired the unique watch face. The power reserve indicator appears as though it sweeps the snow creating a smooth surface behind. The sword shaped hands reflect the clean, sharp design ethos of Grand Seiko complimented by an ultra fine dark blue seconds hand adding a hint of colour against the pure, white canvas.
The Grand Seiko Snowflake SBGA211G still boasts the legendary 9R65 Spring Drive movement that is accurate to +/- 1 second and has a power reserve of 72 hours. The high intensity titanium case is extremely lightweight and durable providing comfort and robustness for the everyday.
Grand Seiko cleverly present a timeless instrument that champions the power of simplicity and precision. The popular saying ‘it if ain’t broke don’t fix it’ springs to mind as Grand Seiko stand strong on their original design only making a minor tweak to the new release. Not giving in to the pressure of constantly sourcing the new, the incredible brand create a strong identity that speaks for itself. Of course, Grand Seiko are constantly evolving yet have the confidence and understanding that if it’s right the first time don’t change it.