HODINKEE Radio: How ‘Grand’ Will have to Grand Seiko Truly Be?

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It used to be only two weeks in the past that Grand Seiko introduced its newest crop of watches, together with plenty of items that includes new calibers and a handful of top of the range restricted editions that push up in opposition to the limits of the brand’s standard wheelhouse. It were given us considering: Is the Grand Seiko of nowadays the similar Grand Seiko many people fell in love with years in the past when it used to be virtually unknown outdoor of die-hard fanatic circles? How is Grand Seiko balancing evolution and enlargement with staying true to the issues that make it so particular and unique within the first position? And, in the end, how “Grand” will have to Grand Seiko in reality be?

Fortuitously, I have were given the fitting colleagues for this dialog, and each Jack and Jon had been keen to enroll in me on-mic to hash all of this out. It is no secret that the 3 people are all large lovers of Grand Seiko (and all 3 0f us personal Grand Seiko watches, too), however now we have additionally all had head-scratching moments as we watched our favourite area of interest brand morph into a world luxurious powerhouse over the previous couple of years. Understanding how phrases like “worth,” “craftsmanship,” and “innovation” practice to Grand Seiko is necessary to us, and now we have all were given some pores and skin within the recreation.

The SLGH007 “Tree Rings” is Grand Seiko’s newest undertaking into upper value issues.

It is transparent that whilst the brand hasn’t purged its maximum accessibly priced watches from the catalog, the emphasis is no doubt on quite dearer core releases within the Spring Power and Hello-Beat collections and the superlative restricted editions popping out of the Micro Artists Studio. The 3 people speak about what makes those watches notable and engaging (along with their value tags), how they are compatible into the whole trajectory of Grand Seiko, and an important adjustments within the brand and its watches for creditors. We additionally proportion our non-public favourite Grand Seiko items and the place we predict the watchmaker is at its highest.

We are hoping you revel in Episode 127 of HODINKEE Radio. Make sure to take a look at the display notes, and tell us what you take into consideration Grand Seiko’s evolution within the feedback beneath.

5 Will have to-Learn Grand Seiko Articles

If you wish to have some further context to this week’s chat, those 5 tales from the archive must come up with a excellent get started. You’ll be able to additionally dig into the display notes for extra.

1) In-Depth: Understanding Seiko’s Big Move Upmarket In The U.S.

2) In-Depth: An Exquisite Grand Seiko With The World’s Most Beautiful Spring-Drive Movement

3) In-Depth: Grand Seiko’s Kiyotaka Sakai Breaks Down The New ‘Tree Rings’ LE – And The New Series 9 Design 

4) In-Depth: Why The Grand Seiko 60th Anniversary SLGH002 Is Some Of The Biggest Watch News Of 2020

5) Business News: Grand Seiko Corp Of America Becomes Its Own Company

Display Notes

(7:30) Grand Seiko Automatic GMT SBGM221

(9:30) The Grand Seiko U.S.-Market ‘Seasons’ Collection

(11:00) The Grand Seiko SLGH005 ‘White Birch’ With The New Hi-Beat Caliber 9SA5

(14:30) Grand Seiko’s Kiyotaka Sakai Breaks Down The New ‘Tree Rings’ LE – And The New Series 9 Design (Live Pics & Pricing)

(41:30) HODINKEE x Grand Seiko Limited Edition

(43:30) Four Seasons Spring U.S. Exclusive Spring Drive SBGA413

(45:40) The Seiko Credor Eichi II

(46:00) The Grand Seiko SLGH003 Hi-Beat 60th Anniversary LE, Featuring The New Dual Impulse Escapement

(47:00) The Grand Seiko Kintaro Hattori 160th Anniversary Limited Edition SBGZ005 And Seiko 140th Anniversary Limited Edition SBGW260

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