Nature is a recurring theme at Grand Seiko, beautifully interpreted on the textured dials (and cases) of many of its most popular watches. The latest model, reference SBGE295, is a sporty Spring Drive GMT with a green dial inspired by the Hotaka mountain range during the brief summer months. As a true GMT model (as opposed to an office GMT), the local hour hand can be adjusted independently via the crown in one-hour increments in both directions without affecting the other indications.
Like so many Grand Seiko watches produced in the Shinshu Watch Studio, the local scenery of the Nagano prefecture is a constant source of inspiration. Last year we saw the Grand Seiko GMT SBGE275 with a dial inspired by the snow-covered slopes of the Hotaka mountains. Still relying on the Hotaka mountain range as its muse, this time, Grand Seiko turns to the short summer season when the mountains are covered with vegetation.
The sporty 200m water-resistant stainless steel case features brushed and polished surfaces. With a 44mm diameter and thickness of 14.7mm, the robust case is large, but the downturned lugs and offset crown at 4 o’clock make it look smaller.
Green textured dial
Like the SBGE275, the new reference SBGE295 “Hotaka Peaks” has a rotating two-tone green and white sapphire crystal bezel with a 24-hour scale. The external scale is complemented by a two-tone green and silver sloped inner flange with day/night indications and a second 24h scale with odd numbers. The white areas of the resilient synthetic sapphire insert, all the numerals and the inverted triangle on the bezel are treated with LumiBrite and glow in the dark. The combination of a 24-hour bezel and a 24-hour day/night flange with the GMT hand means that you could technically track three different time zones.
The highlight of this GMT model SBGE295 is its attractive green dial with its irregular textured pattern. In keeping with its sporty nature, the hand and indices are extra large. Not only are they faceted, but the indices are also engraved with a ribbed texture and plots of lume on the 12, 3, 6 and 9 markers. The hour, minute and arrow-tipped GMT hands are brushed and have LumiBrite inserts, contrasting with the brightly polished central seconds hand. The inscriptions on the dial are printed in a silvery powder to match the daytime hours of the flange and part of the power reserve indicator located at 9 o’clock. The date window with a white background is positioned at 4 o’clock, in line with the screw-down crown.
Grand Seiko’s unique Spring Drive calibre, which fuses the precision of quartz regulation with a mechanical calibre, ensures the impeccable accuracy of ± 1 seconds per day or ± 15 seconds per month, and allows the seconds hand to glide silently and smoothly across the dial. Calibre 9R66, Grand Seiko’s first 9R Spring Drive movement with a GMT function, was released in 2006 and delivers a robust 3-day power reserve.
Availability & Price
The Grand Seiko SBGE295 “Hotaka Peaks” comes with a three-link stainless steel bracelet with a triple-folding clasp with push-button release. It will be available on the 1st of July from GS Mastershops, Salons and Boutiques worldwide for a suggested retail price of EUR 6,600. For more information, please consult grand-seiko.com.