When, in 2020, Grand Seiko introduced a jewellery watch into the Masterpiece Collection for the first time, its design evoked the landscape of the region where it was created. Today sees the introduction of another Spring Drive jewellery timepiece whose craftsmanship is of the same high standard but whose inspiration is very different. Since 1960, the lion has symbolised the strength of Grand Seiko but now it finds a new expression. The white lion has arrived.
SLGA009 captures the quiet mood of the white birch tree forests near the studio in Shinshu, where all Grand Seiko Spring Drive watches are crafted. To look closely at the dial is to experience the exact same feeling that the visitor to these forests receives and to be brought closer than ever to the true and eternal nature of time.
The overall look of the watch is known as the Series 9 Design and it will be an important part of the Grand Seiko’s signature in the years to come. Its powerful hands and grooved, prominent markers ensure perfect legibility, its Zaratsu polished, distortion-free mirror finish and delicate hairline finish alternate give the case a quiet and harmonious glow. The case has wide lugs and a low centre of gravity that ensures that the watch sits easily and securely on the wrist.
The Spring Drive watch carries the latest Calibre 9RA2 which offers a 120 hour power reserve and an enhanced precision rate of ±0.5 seconds per day.
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|Case Material:||Stainless Steel|
Distance Between Lugs: mm
|Band/Bracelet:||Bracelet - Stainless Steel|
|Hand Indicators:||Hour, Minute, Seconds|
|Calibre no.:||9RA2 Instructions|
|Movement Type:||Spring Drive - Powered By The Movement of the Wearer|
|Accuracy:||±0.5 second per day (±10 seconds per month)|
|Battery Life:||120 Hours Power Reserve|
|Water Resistance:||100 Metres|
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In 2020, Grand Seiko introduced a new design philosophy called the Evolution 9 Style. It was based, of course, on the Grand Seiko Style, which has always defined the design of all Grand Seiko watches and continues to do so. The Evolution 9 Style preserves the fundamentals of the Grand Seiko Style but adapts them for a new generation by setting new standards of legibility, ease of use and beauty.
The calmness of the white birch forest in response to the quiet and smooth movement of the seconds hand created by the Spring Drive movement is expressed by the carefully made dial of the mold.
SLGA009 is powered by the Grand Seiko Spring Drive 5 Days Calibre 9RA2. The movement is equipped with an "Offset Magic Lever" to reduce its thickness and incorporates two barrels to provide up to 120 hours of power reserve. The beauty of the movement reveals the uniquely Japanese aesthetic for which Grand Seiko is renowned. The delicate texture of the movement's finish reflects the frost that winter brings to the forests in Shinshu where all Spring Drive watches are made. The bridge line and the edges of the screw holes are diamond cut to reflect the light from any angle and give the movement a quiet glow when seen through the sapphire case back.
One of the world's foremost mechanical movements, the culmination of high-precision micro-engineering and the attention to detail of Seiko's expert watchmakers.
Spring Drive is a unique movement that delivers one-second-a-day precision, using just the power of a mainspring.