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Grand Seiko Celebrates 55 Years Of Its Unique Style With New Hi-Beat GMT

HighLifeChannel December 3, 2021

In their pursuit of perfection, Grand Seiko developed a style of its own, guided by nine principles. The first watch made accordingly was the iconic 44GS, which was launched in 1967. Today, this instantly recognizable style has fans all around the world and led Grand Seiko to become one of the most renowned names in high-end watchmaking. To mark the 55th anniversary of the “Grand Seiko Style,” the brand launched a Hi-Beat GMT model, limited to 1,200 pieces.

This timepiece looks precisely like what it is; a refined sports watch made with care, craftsmanship, and an eye for detail. For both the case and bracelet, Grand Seiko used high-intensity titanium. The advantage of this material is that it is not only about 30% lighter than steel but also that it is hypoallergenic. However, it is also more challenging to process, making it all the more exceptional that Grand Seiko’s artisans were able to apply the renowned Zaratsu polishing on this material. It results in perfect reflections of light, highlighting the powerful design of the watch.

Grand Seiko Hi Beat 36000 GMT SBGJ255 (7)

Grand Seiko fitted the watch with caliber 9S86. This is a so-called hi-beat movement, meaning that it runs at a rate of 36,000 vibrations per hour, or 10 beats per second. Precise calibration makes it possible to have an accuracy of +5 to -3 seconds per day, with a power reserve of 55 hours. The movement can be admired through the sapphire insert in the caseback, yet the oscillating weight demands all the attention. Thanks to an advanced anodic oxidation process, it has been given a unique gold tone, perfectly complementing the Grand Seiko lion emblem. On the front, it is the blue GMT hand and details that add a dash of sportiveness to an immaculate dial. Keen on details, Grand Seiko paid particular attention to the design and polishing of both the hour markers and the hands, ensuring lasting beauty and legibility simultaneously. This fitting tribute to the 44GS will be available in the Grand Seiko boutiques and at selected retail partners as of January next year.


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