Concierge Price: $52,379
The world of high-end jewellery, in the USA and beyond, of limited edition gold rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces and cut diamond elegance has long traced a parallel path with that of the very best in watchmaking. The recently released limited-edition Grand Seiko Watch Japan hand-wound Grand Seiko Spring Drive SBGK004, with its 18K (karat) Rose Gold case and jet black ‘Urushi’ lacquered dial, a limited edition of just 150 pieces, offers a worthy contemporary complement to the gold rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces and cut diamond offerings of the high end jewellery world, and represents a perfect example of Seiko Watch elegance. No doubt, the Grand Seiko Watch Japan Grand Seiko SBGK004 is an ideal watch for Watchtime LA in the USA or the combined jewellery and watch expo that is now Baselworld Watch & Jewellery in Switzerland, as there can be little doubt about the impact that the aesthetics alone of the Spring Drive Grand Seiko SBGK004’s 18K Rose Gold case and jet black ‘Urushi’ lacquer dial can have on anyone handling the watch there, at Grand Seiko USA, or indeed elsewhere, not least among them long-standing Grand Seiko Watch collectors such as Stefan Molin.
Grand Seiko USA usually maintains a full collection of Grand Seiko limited edition and regular collection models for viewing, an opportunity that is not to be missed, even if a pre-owned watch is what is desired. Having a Grand Seiko Watches Japan piece such as the Grand Seiko Spring Drive SBGK004 actually in the palm of your hand or on your wrist can only confirm what Grand Seiko have been keen to stress in recent years, with particular reference to the renowned ‘Blue Snowflake’ Grand Seiko models and projects such as their ‘Flow of Time Installation’, the emotional and sensory connection from watchmaker to watch wearer, and the level of passion that goes into every single detail of every single Grand Seiko watch. A Blue dial Grand Seiko ‘Snowflake’ wearer in Alaska is just as likely to appreciate this as one in Japan, the gliding continuous movement of the second hand of a Grand Seiko Spring Drive watch reflecting the silent, inevitable passing of time so central to Japanese philosophy appreciated by a Grand Seiko wearer wherever they may be.
While a least a part of the luxury jewellery world contents itself with experiments into stones such as lazuli, malachite, marcasite, mother of pearl, onyx, opal, tourmaline, amber amethyst and the turquoise shades of Whitby Jet to adorn its gold rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces and cut diamond adorned pieces of elegance, Grand Seiko Japan, particularly with its Spring Drive Grand Seiko Elegance Collection, has chosen a more restrained, but equally stunning, approach. The Grand Seiko Watches Japan Grand Seiko ref. SBGK004 in 18K Rose Gold limited edition and the incredible depth of its ‘Urushi’ lacquered dial is no exception, and just as likely to tempt buyers of Grand Seiko in Japan, the USA, and elsewhere, from established sellers such as Tourneau USA and Watches of Switzerland in Hudson Yards New York.
The Grand Seiko Watches Japan Grand Seiko ref. SBGK004 Spring Drive limited edition in 18K Rose Gold, is a member of the Grand Seiko hand-wound ‘Elegance Collection’, a series of limited edition and permanent collection Grand Seiko SBGK models, with cases not only in 18K Rose Gold (two models, both with Urushi lacquer dials), but also Yellow Gold and Stainless Steel as the watch case material. With the 18k Rose Gold case of the SBGK004 limited edition measuring only 39mm in diameter and with a depth of a shade under 12mm, when combined with the Zaratsu polished case curves, the overall impression is certainly one of outstanding elegance. The impression of elegance is completely reinforced by the sheer beauty of the ‘Urushi’ lacquer finish to the dial, the Urushi sourced from the trees surrounding the town of Joboji, nestling under Mount (Mt.) Iwate, the mountain that towers above the Grand Seiko Shizukuishi Watch Studio, inlaid with a subtle profile of Mt. Iwate itself to bear witness to its importance to the Grand Seiko family on certain models in the Elegance Collection. The Grand Seiko Watches Japan “GS”, the logo loved by stores worldwide such as Watches of Switzerland at Hudson Yards New York, collectors everywhere such as Stefan Molin and the focus of a brand commented upon by Jim E. Murchison and many others, is here, on the dial face of the Grand Seiko Watches Japan Grand Seiko ref. SBGK004 Spring Drive limited edition in 18K Rose Gold, along with the hour markers, applied using the traditional Maki-e process of Urushi Master Isshu Tamura from his studio in Kanazawa, the multi-layer lacquer technique finished by the application of 24K gold or platinum, the gold – white contrast of some models from the Elegance Collection being stunning, but that of the rose gold and platinum – white gold used on the Seiko Watch Elegance Collection Urushi dial of the Elegance rose gold SBGK004, alongside rose gold hour, minute, small seconds and power reserve hands being especially impressive. Of course, that second hand, powered by the Grand Seiko Spring Drive SBGK004’s impressive Grand Seiko hand-wound Caliber (calibre to some) 9S63 movement, which just like the hand-wound Spring Drive Grand Seiko movement fitted to the blue dial Snowflake Grand Seiko and the ‘Flow of Time’ Art installation project mentioned previously, evokes the silent passing of time with its every circuit.
In a world of gold rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces and cut diamond luxuries, the sometimes overbearing use of the precious like lazuli, malachite, marcasite, mother of pearl, onyx, opal, tourmaline, amber amethyst and the turquoise shades of Whitby Jet, the Grand Seiko Spring Drive SBGK004, with its handcrafted artisan applied Urushi dial, Maki-e markers, subtle use of Rose Gold and its stunning Grand Seiko hand-wound Caliber (calibre to some) 9S63 movement offers the wearer much more than a bauble. This is no “buy it before the sale expires on bank holiday Monday” piece. Rather, the Grand Seiko SBGK004G offers the wearer, a reflection on time, a statement of elegance, through every detail, from its rose gold case to its Urushi dial and exquisitely engineered 9S63 caliber movement, that has been decades in the making. As a limited edition of only 150 watches, the only difficulty is finding one to buy, in which case, the only alternative maybe a piece of jewellery.
Driving system: manual-winding Vibrations: 28,880 vibrations per hour (8 beats per second)
Accuracy: +5 to -3 seconds per day (when static)
Power reserve: 72 hours
Number of jewels: 33
18k rose gold case
Jet blackUrushi lacquer dial
High definition dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Screw see-through case back,
Water resistance: 3 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Crocodile strap with 18k rose gold buckle
Limited edition of 150
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