Two faces of Grand Seiko replica best watches craftsmanship: the Masterpiece Collection hand-engraved hand-wound Spring Drive Limited Edition Ref. SBGZ009 and the Evolution 9 Series Tentagraph Ref. SLGC001
Grand Seiko is relatively unknown to the public. Apart from a relatively small number of collectors and enthusiasts, this magnificent Japanese brand is primarily associated with affordable Seiko watches rather than superior craftsmanship. The brand from the Land of the Rising Sun is known for its straight lines, simple dials and outstanding movements. But Japanese manufacturers have wise souls, skilled craftsmen, and gorgeous products. I’m not talking about the beautiful quality of all watches, but the artistry of some. I'm comparing a highly handcrafted watch, the Masterpiece Collection Hand-Engraved Hand-wound Spring Drive Limited Edition Ref. SBGZ009 and the high-tech Evolution 9 Series Tentagraph Ref. SLGC001.
Grand Seiko Masterpiece Collection Hand Engraved Manual Winding Spring Drive Limited Edition Ref. SBGZ009
Most of us, when we hear Grand Seiko watches replica high quality, we think of rough lines, Zaratsu polish, and mostly simple dials. Although Ref. The SBGZ009 is not the first handmade watch from the Nippon company, and it was a pleasant surprise to see this novelty at Watches & Wonders 2023.
The Grand Seiko Reference SBGZ009 stands out at first glance thanks to its fully engraved case from Shinshu Watch Studio. Inspiration comes from the vast white birch forest at the foot of Mount Kitayatsugatake in eastern Shinshu. The soft lines of the 38.5 mm platinum case are reminiscent of a snow-covered forest, and are even more subtle on the wrist.
The front and sides are decorated with hand engravings by Shinshu Watch Studiolong craftsmen. Previously, the watch was polished by the Zaratsu method to create a mirror surface that does not deform, but most of the decoration has been replaced by engraving, which still creates a wonderful contrast. Note the mirror-polished crown with the GS logo engraved on its curved surface.
The dial of the Ref. SBGZ009 is a tonal silver dial with a Shinshu birch pattern. The name and logo are engraved on the top of the dial. Spring Drive is engraved on the underside of the dial. Replica Richard Mille Watches
The time is displayed by diamond-cut dauphine hands and temperature-tempered seconds hand. The second hand is no longer bright blue, but has turned to a gray tone. As hour markers, the dial features 14k white gold hour markers crafted with a diamond cut process (note the reflection of the dial surface on either side of the hour markers). Minutes/seconds indexes are engraved on the dial.
This masterpiece is powered by the exquisite 9R02 movement, manufactured by the Micro Artist Studio luxury watch studio in Shiojiri.
Spring driven movement 9R02 If many watches made by Grand Seiko can be considered very restrained and low-key, then the movement is a feast of high-end watches. Without exception, all of the brand's movements strive for perfection. When Micro Artist Studio is involved, we can expect a great finish.
It can be seen that a power reserve indicator is reserved on the top of the movement, and the bellflower-decorated barrel can provide an 84-hour power reserve. This impressive figure is achieved through a dual-spring system, in which two mainsprings are set in parallel within a single barrel. The torque return system also ensures that normally wasted energy is recovered throughout the barrel. replica watches for men
An 18K gold customizable plaque on the lower bridge engraved with "Micro Artist" is a testament to superior craftsmanship. Careful observers will notice that the two bridge plates have beautifully polished edges and excellent sharp angles, providing a simple pleasure for collectors. Note the round polished sink, double para-shock system and blue screws.
Grand Seiko Evolution 9 Series Tentagraph Ref. SLGC001 The second piece today is the sporty, ultra-technical Tentagraph Ref. SLGC001. Launched in the same salon as Ref. SBGZ009, the new watch is the most sporty interpretation of this Japanese brand at the moment. The name of this watch, Tentagraph, comes from the 10 beats per second – three days and automatic chronograph GRAPH. Please note that some color inconsistencies may occur due to difficult lighting conditions and image processing to highlight details. Unfortunately, this watch is just a prototype so I can test the performance of the double pulse escapement caliber 9SC5.
The 43.2 mm diameter titanium case is covered by a black ceramic bezel and is paired with a box-shaped sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. We should all be familiar with the hardness of titanium, which makes it less susceptible to scratches. At the same time, mirror-polishing the case to decorate it is an arduous process.
The new Evolution 9 Collection features a matte case and bracelet with mirror-polished chamfered edges. The three-link bracelet is perfectly integrated with the case design and looks very unified.
The downside is the crown protection - a little too sharp for me. While testing the watch, I repeatedly scratched my nails and stung my fingertips. Nothing dangerous or dramatic, but inconvenient. I totally appreciate the skill it takes to achieve the perfect finish and angles, but I prefer a softer approach.
Dials inspired by nature Evolution 9 Series Tentagraph Ref. SLGC001 best fake watches continues the dial lines and is inspired by the natural scenery surrounding Grand Seiko’s studio. In this case, the pattern of the ridged outlines of the nearby mountains is visible through the windows of Shizukuishi's studio. The pattern, called the Mt. Iwate pattern, was first introduced in 2006 and is associated with GS mechanical watchmaking.
The blue dial strikes a perfect balance between the Y-shaped subdials (30-minute counter on the right, 12-hour counter at 6 o'clock, and small seconds on the left) and large applied applied hour-markers. The sharp-edged hour markers also feature complex shapes, including large canals filled with luminous material.
Legibility is very good. The white transferred numerals and hour markers as well as the large luminous hands are clearly visible. The inner bezel allows precise reading of the chronograph’s central seconds hand. The ceramic bezel has a 400km tachymeter scale and detailed indicators below the 200km mark. The date window at 4.5 o'clock positions the date with white letters on a blue background visible through the frame.
Japan Haute Horlogerie Company The Grand Seiko Evolution 9 Series Tentagraph Ref. SLGC001 is powered by the technically and visually superb 9SC5 movement. The technical specs talk about a 5Hz double-pulse escapement with a free-spring balance (DIE transfers energy from the escape wheel to the free-spring balance indirectly via the pallet fork), a vertical clutch, and a three-pointed hammer ( When the reset button is pressed, the hands immediately return to zero and are perfectly synchronized) timing system. The movement provides a power reserve of 72 hours (two barrels) even when the chronograph complication is running. After discussions with the master watchmaker, I learned that the chronograph function is affected at the end of the power reserve (the final running time may not be as accurate).
Artistically, the Caliber 9SC5 is beautiful: a beautiful rotor with the brand name and replica watches uk name engraved on it, and the GS lion logo engraved on the frosted surface. The rotor also features integral chamfered edges. Polished gemstone sinks interrupt the delicate striping of the bridge panels. Gold-plated engraving adds an elegant touch to an already refined movement.
Spring Drive Limited Edition Ref. SBGZ009 shows the gentle and romantic side of Grand Seiko craftsmen. The touch of nature in these novel works expresses their inner respect and wonder for the surrounding environment. The SBGZ009 is a gentleman’s dream: perfect size, a subtle yet firm presence on the wrist, and artistic yet precise legibility.
On the other hand, Tentagraph Ref. SLGC001 demonstrates the technical capabilities of the famous Japanese brand. The reference SLG001 is firmly rooted in the idea of a tool watch, durable yet lightweight. Unfortunately I wasn't able to test the Caliber 9SC5's technical capabilities. Regardless, the view when you open the back cover is amazing.
Two completely different watches, but at the same time so closely integrated through the touch of nature. GS Studios’ passion for wild environments can be seen and experienced in both pieces (and can even be touched with the Ref.SBGZ009). These movements are both technically and visually outstanding. These two pieces can quickly form a complete collection spanning black tie and sportswear. They did every one of them brilliantly. Replica Patek Philippe Watches
Grand Seiko Masterpiece Collection Hand Engraved Manual Winding Spring Drive Limited Edition Ref. SBGZ009 Movement 9R02 Drive system: manual winding Power reserve: 84 hours Accuracy: ±1 second per day (±15 seconds per month) Dual barrels and torque return system power reserve indicator Number of gems: 39
Specification Platinum 950 case Double curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating Transparent screw bottom cover Water resistance: 3 bar Antimagnetic performance: 4,800 A/m Diameter: 38.5mm, Thickness: 9.8mm Alligator leather strap with three-fold push button release