Grand Seiko Spring Drive

The new Grand Seiko Spring Drive movement is also the thinnest automatic Spring Drive movement-thanks to its temperature-compensated quartz oscillator, its accuracy is higher. Its designer Eiichi Hiraya (who has been engaged in the development of Spring Drive since 1999) said: “The advantage of Spring Drive is that its accuracy, gravity and temperature changes have almost no effect. Therefore, I think it has a high Affinity, so I don’t compromise in terms of functionality.” The new 9SA5 Hi-Beat movement is the latest model in its family that dates back to the 1960s, but with changes, it replaces almost all modern watches. The standard lever escapement is used, but a new escapement is used, which is by far the most efficient Hi-Beat movement. Sports designer Hisashi Fujimoto said: “Since the development of the 9S85 mechanical movement in 2009, I have always hoped to use this as a basis for further development or innovation. When I look back at the drawings of the high-power movement 4520, I gained momentum for development. . Released in 1968.” He also believes that the design of the movement is an integral part of the whole.

“In Japan, soft light and shadow have been favored by people since ancient times,” Fujieda said. “For a movement equipped with advanced technology that symbolizes the new era, I think it is appropriate to make the movement have a texture that expresses the natural beauty of i-stone. Stone is a place where precision mechanical watches are made and has unique uses in Japan. . Soft light and deep shadows.”

A design language in which sharp geometric shapes and organic forms coexist.

Since the first Grand Seiko replica watch came out in 1960, the case design of Grand Seiko, like the movement design and dial work, has been constantly evolving. Regardless of the material, the basic principle of the Grand Seiko case used to be, and should be so, whether it is polished or other case finishes, the geometry of the design itself, any other aspects of the design, and the final execution method should be treated the same.

The first Seiko model in 1960 has a classic design, but at the same time, seeds have also appeared in subsequent cases. The first case is round, the bezel is relatively narrow, but the lugs have clear polished small facets, and the entire watch has a very organic but very clear geometric shape. The Grand Seiko Self-Dater in 1964, the first Grand Seiko with date complication, further expanded the wide rectangular lugs on the diameter of the case. The 44GS in 1967 further clarified and codified this design language. Edge geometry and organic form coexist.

Today, these two parallel basic designs
The round case and geometric lugs of the first Grand Seiko, and the more obvious linear form of the 44GS case-still form the basis of the design language of the Grand Seiko case.

Junata Kamata of Grand Seiko said: “We have a grammar called’Grand Seiko Design Style’. In other words, it can be said that this style was created by our pioneers who discovered the processing characteristics of metals. A century ago, and It has continued to spread to this day, and to this day, this style has not failed nor lost its freshness.”

Never consider the case in isolation, but consider Seiko’s case design as an integral part of the overall best quality replica watches design.

Kamata said: “In addition, it is necessary not only to pursue the harmony of the case itself, but also to maintain coordination with the dial and strap. We will carefully consider the presence of the dial on the case. We are always discussing how to achieve this goal. In the team The proportions are good, and there is no shortage of exploration. We focus on how watches convey the value of time.”

In order to pursue the highest degree of practical perfection, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

In the past 60 years, Grand Seiko (Grand Seiko) has developed a wide variety of designs, and the movements used in its watches are also constantly evolving. However, this evolution has always been driven by the perception of fine watchmaking, which has very typical Japanese characteristics and is also present in many other crafts in Japan.

The driving idea behind the first Grand Seiko watch was simple-to make the most accurate, beautiful and reliable watch possible. Although the idea is simple, the realization is not the case. Since then, the pursuit of this ideal has driven the design of Grand Seiko watches.

Important aspects of Japanese culture
Pursue the highest level of practicality-spare no effort. A typical example is the traditional Japanese sword, the katana. The swordsmith’s art does not focus too much on creating beauty, but single-mindedly pursues the highest degree of functional perfection. However, this takes it to the extreme and produces an aesthetic that cannot be achieved if aesthetics is the only consideration, or even the main consideration.

Therefore, for each function of Seiko cheap Watch in the past 60 years, it has been evaluated according to its level of service to the basic purpose of the watch: to accurately tell the time, perhaps it is equally important to make the experience of time a reality. Not only the watch itself, but also the larger world it lives in.

Nature has conveyed Seiko’s design so widely, it is not just a matter of design inspiration. It represents a deeper view that watchmaking is not just a question of technology or even craftsmanship, but an expression of the philosophy of time and our connection with the rhythm of the surrounding universe.