Since its inception in 1960, Grand Seiko’s crown blue lion has taken the production of “ideal” watches as its brand concept, and is committed to making the precision, durability and design of the watch world-leading. The same is true for the 2020 Chinese limited Ukiyo-e watch launched this time, which perfectly reflects the craftsmanship of Grand Seiko in the field of watchmaking. Next, we will appreciate this watch together and experience the unique spirit of nature. (Watch model: SBGA433G/SBGA435G)
The design of this watch is inspired by the “Three Views of Japan” Amanohashidate, Matsushima, and Itsukushima. The biggest feature is the pattern of the plate called “Iwamaki”. After more than 10 kinds of trial production, this plate design was determined. Incorporating the elements of nature into the watch, creating the effect of harmony between man and nature, the brand has always pursued the “natural beauty” to the fullest.
The case is made of stainless steel, which will be lighter to handle and reduce the burden on the wrist. The brushed case has smooth lines and a polished bezel for a more refined look. The case has a diameter of 41 mm, a moderate size and a high degree of adaptation.
The case naturally extends to the lugs of the same material. The width of the lugs is 20 mm, and the curved arc conforms to the curve of the human body, which improves wearing comfort.
The crown is placed on the right side of the watch, with the Grand Seiko brand abbreviation “GS” logo engraved on the top, which is highly recognizable. Not only that, but also made a non-slip texture design on the crown for easy adjustment of the watch.
This watch has two colors, dark blue and light blue, dark blue is deep and mysterious, and light blue is fresh and elegant, showing different styles. Except for the different dial colors, the other designs of the two watches are the same. Through the sapphire crystal glass treated with non-reflective coating, we can see the dial with Iwamaki pattern. It is made by stamping the dial texture mold made by skilled craftsmen through delicate handwork. The craftsmanship is superb. There is a date display window at 3 o’clock on the dial, and a fan-shaped power reserve display window at 8 o’clock. The shape is unique and catches the eye.
The bracelet is also made of stainless steel, showing a delicate luster, and the selection of the entire watch is harmonious. The folding clasp is easy to wear, and there is also the brand’s iconic pattern on the top.
The watch is equipped with a see-through spiral back cover. Through the back of the watch, you can see the 9R65 self-winding movement of the watch, which can provide about 72 hours of power reserve when fully wound. The movement of the movement is clearly visible, fully demonstrating the rigorous watchmaking spirit of Grand Seiko. The back of the watch has the words “Limited Edition” and the serial number of the limited edition, ensuring the uniqueness of the watch.
This new Grand Seiko Ukiyo-e watch is a masterpiece of industrial watchmaking returning to the original. It perfectly combines natural scenery and industrial technology to present a unique work. This watch is a 2020 limited edition.