Slim dress watch from GS? Boys, they heard our requests!

Feb 04, 2019,20:47 PM

Grand Seiko is pleased to announce a new slim design in the Elegance Collection. The combination of a new case, a new manual-winding caliber with a small seconds hand and Urushi lacquer has made possible the creation of a watch that offers a new graceful refinement as well as Grand Seiko’s uniquely Japanese aesthetic.

Caliber 9S63. A movement that opens up a new design direction

Caliber 9S63 is a significant addition to the ever growing Grand Seiko family of movements. It has been eight years since the last manual-winding mechanical caliber in Grand Seiko and it has been worth the wait. Caliber 9S63 offers a small seconds hand at the nine o’clock position and a power reserve indicator at three o’clock. While these sub-dials are easy to read, they are also discreetly unobtrusive and allow the eye to enjoy the beauty of the Urushi lacquer of which the dial is made. Caliber 9S63 has a power reserve of 72 hours and delivers an accuracy rate of +5 to -3 seconds a day.

The perfect fusion of two traditions of craftsmanship

In this new Urushi dialed creation, which is available in two versions, two traditions of Japanese craftsmanship come together. The pure, understated and subtle design aesthetic of Grand Seiko is evident in every detail, as is the skill and care taken by the watchmakers at the Shizukuishi Watch Studio where the watch is made. The cases are polished by a special Zaratsu method created to accentuate the beauty of the curved surfaces. The dials and the sapphire crystals are also curved to give the watches a classic look. The minute and power reserve indicator hands are bent so that they follow exactly the domed contour of the dials.

The dials also showcase a second form of Japanese craftsmanship, Urushi lacquer. The amber color dial is made from a transparent and long lasting Urushi that comes from trees grown in and around the town of Joboji that lies under Mt. Iwate, the mountain that dominates the skyline above the Shizukuishi Watch Studio. Through the amber colored “Suki-urushi” lacquer can be seen the subtle Mt. Iwate pattern that reveals the watchmakers’ pride in the natural beauty that surrounds their home. The black dial uses the same lacquer mixed with iron to give it its distinctive deep jet black color.

On both creations, the hour markers and the “GS” letters are decorated with the traditional Maki-e technique by Urushi master Isshu Tamura in his studio in Kanazawa on the west coast of Japan’s main island. Through the application of layer after layer of lacquer, these markers are given a three dimensional profile and a delicate yet strong presence on the dial. Tamura then applies the powder, either 24k gold or platinum, and polishes them by hand using his own special tools to give Maki-e its delicately shimmering appearance. These processes require great dexterity as it is very challenging to give every marker the same depth, especially on a curved surface.

Initially, this new design series consists of three limited editions. The two Urushi dial executions are in 18k rose gold cases and are editions of just 150 while the third, with its blue Mt. Iwate pattern dial, is in stainless steel and is an edition of 1,500. All three are available from March, 2019. In addition, a fourth creation, with an 18k yellow gold case, will be added to the permanent Grand Seiko collection in July. This series will be available at Grand Seiko and Seiko Boutiques and selected retail partners worldwide.

Mechanical thin dress series
Caliber 9S63
Driving system: manual-winding
Vibrations: 28,880 vibrations per hour (8 beats per second)
Accuracy: +5 to -3 seconds per day (when static)
Power reserve: 72 hours Number of jewels: 33
18k rose gold case (SBGK002, 004)
18k yellow gold case (SBGK006)
Stainless steel case (SBGK005)
Urushi lacquer dial (SBGK002, 004)

High definition dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Screw see-through case back, Screw-down crown
Water resistance: 3 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 39.0mm,
Thickness: 11.6mm
Crocodile strap with 18k rose gold buckle (SBGK002, 004)
Crocodile strap with 18k yellow gold buckle (SBGK006)
Three-fold clasp with push button release (SBGK005)

Approximate recommended retail prices in Europe:
€31,400 (SBGK002, 004) Limited edition of 150
€7,400 (SBGK005) Limited edition of 1500
€20,700 (SBGK006) unlimited

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Thanks for the heads up!

 By: KMII : February 4th, 2019-20:54
Just saw the first pictures of the Iwate dial model in steel and was quite impressed. Any idea on the case dimensions, especially thickness?

11.6mm thick, 39mm across

 By: cazalea : February 4th, 2019-21:00
No message body

Not ultra slim, but slim compared to every other GS model

 By: cazalea : February 4th, 2019-21:21
Remember GS these are serious business watches; if you want dressy ultra-thin you go to Credor

Good point indeed, thx [nt]

 By: dedestexhes : February 4th, 2019-22:14

Slim Grand Seiko

 By: quattro98 : February 5th, 2019-06:55
The quartz models are much slimmer than the mechanical and Spring Drive models.

Thanks Mike!

 By: KMII : February 4th, 2019-21:27
Didn’t see the spec sheet when I read your post 👍🏻

Took me awhile to get it right from my iPad, sorry

 By: cazalea : February 4th, 2019-21:33
“It was the software/ISP/internet/sunspots/astral motion/volcano/etc. fault”


 By: KMII : February 4th, 2019-21:47
Sometimes these things happen 🤷🏻‍♂️

Thanks for posting Mike!

 By: sham1 : February 4th, 2019-22:29
I might even go for the SBGK005 which has a lovely dial and attractive pricing.

These look pretty interesting, looking forward to seeing them in the metal to see how they wear.

 By: Jay (Eire) : February 5th, 2019-03:54
I also wonder given the size of the new movement will we see its base form in an even smaller sized watch? It seems from the pictures there are some mm to spare and so perhaps this shows up in a 37mm manual wind also. I think this release makes me more ex... 

My thoughts precisely. Although it it will be hard . . .

 By: Dr No : February 5th, 2019-09:30
. . . to top that spectacular blue dial. Art

I'll try the limited steel version on if the local boutique gets one in . . .

 By: Dr No : February 5th, 2019-17:20
. . . but not optimistic about my reaction. Smaller vintage models are much more my speed these days. The same movement in a 37 mm case would be a different story, methinks. Especially with a black dial. Art

Finally, small seconds.

 By: jomni1 : February 6th, 2019-15:58
Someone was looking for this before.

Right, & GS said it wasn’t their thing to have a tiny subdial

 By: cazalea : February 6th, 2019-21:42
I’d say this one is big enough to read easily. Cazalea

I'm slightly disappointed

 By: nikidasi : February 9th, 2019-06:41
I suspect this "new" movement is just a simplified 6S37 auto chrono movement (or 6S74 manual winding chrono) which is an almost 20 years old movement. I owned the 6S chrono and I can tell you it is a high quality and very accurate mechanical movement. But...  

Interesting insight ... let’s take a look

 By: cazalea : February 9th, 2019-07:40
I can see many similarities in the basic architecture - perhaps this truly is a derivation / simplification of the old chrono movement. I have had one since new as well. Here’s the imaginary brief handed to a team: Take away time measuring Take away autom...