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A new Grand Seiko watch inspired by the subtle nuances of light and shadow characteristic of Japanese architecture
Founded in 1960 in Japan, Grand Seiko is an expert watch brand that is recognizable by its discretion and simplicity and whose perfection is found in the smallest details. Grand Seiko watches are assembled and adjusted by hand by a hand-picked team of master watchmakers. They are inspired by the beauty of the natural environment in which their workshops are located.
Each Grand Seiko watch embodies nature in its own way, with which the Japanese have a great affinity. From the precision of their movements to the natural beauty of their design, they reflect aspects of a unique Japanese art and culture.
This newcomer, reserved for the European market, is inspired by the play of light and shadow, an essential feature of traditional Japanese architecture.
Grand Seiko Elegance Collection – Exclusive to Europe
Japanese architecture, a true inspiration
The use of shadows has long been a staple of Japanese architecture, where the beauty of nuance is enhanced by open spaces and nooks and crannies. This is a direct result of the influence of Japan’s climate and geography on the construction of its buildings.
Japanese buildings are often made of wood, and due to the high humidity and frequent rainfall that the country enjoys, their load-bearing pillars would quickly deteriorate if exposed directly to the elements. Therefore, the roofs were built to cover them completely, creating overhangs of up to two or three meters.
Only light passing horizontally under these ledges could illuminate the interior and many parts of these buildings were in darkness. The talent of architects lies in their ability to seize the opportunity to transform a functional aspect into an artistic expression. Over the centuries, a unique architectural style has developed in Japan, where the play of light and shadow has played a central role.
The talent of architects lies in their ability to seize the opportunity to transform a functional aspect into an artistic expression. Over the centuries, a unique architectural style has developed in Japan, where the play of light and shadow has played a central role.
The shōji, an essential element of Japanese architecture for capturing natural light
The shōji is a central element of this aesthetic. This sliding paper wall is placed where it can diffuse light with the most beautiful visual effect. The shōji is made from a wooden frame covered in washi, a traditional Japanese paper used for windows, doors and even exterior walls. The shōji catches the natural light passing under the cornices and creates a beautiful light that spreads softly, illuminating each room and brightening the interior while allowing the shadow areas to retain their charm and mystery.
Asakage and Yukage – Embodiments of Light and Shadow
The SBGW269, it is designed in the image of Yukage, the fading orange light of dusk, which the shōji absorbs to fill the room with a warm atmosphere.
Traditional inspiration and state-of-the-art watchmaking
Simplicity, elegance, and functionality combined in one remarkable timepiece.
A domed dial decorated with a unique washi pattern, mimicking the elegant texture of paper.
The light reflects off the dial, creating a delicate gradation of colors, in perfect harmony with the classic shape of the meticulously polished case and its box-shaped sapphire crystal.
To achieve the delicate nuances of the calf leather straps of these watches, a second layer of color is applied over the first and then gradually faded, creating a soft texture and hue that blends perfectly with the overall design.
The hour and minute hands are delicately curved to perfectly follow the contours of the dial and
the contours of the dial and offer the best possible readability.
The sapphire crystal case back reveals the beauty of the movement
Calibre 9S64, a stable, high-precision hand-wound mechanical movement movement, offering a power reserve of approximately three days when the watches are fully wound.
Grand Seiko Elegance Collection
Caliber 9S64 Manual winding
Power reserve: 72 hours
Accuracy (daily average): +5 to -3 seconds per day
Features Stainless steel case
Box-shaped sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Transparent case back
Water resistance: 3 bar
Diameter: 37.3 mm;
Thickness: 11.6 mm
Calf leather strap
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