Since the first Grand Seiko watch was released in 1960, the premium Japanese brand has continued to delight with their exceptionally sharp lines and clean designs. Today there are more Grand Seiko fans than ever before thanks to concerted efforts to make it a truly global brand.

VIDEO: The timelessly elegant Grand Seiko SBGY002

SBGY002

Created to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Grand Seiko's prolific Spring Drive movement, SBGY002 is a limited edition dress watch for discerning fans of the Japanese watchmaker's signature snowflake dial. Hewn from solid 18k yellow gold, the case of the rarified timepiece is signature SBGY and, as a result, measures in at just 38.5mm and 10.2mm, ensuring that it will more than comfortably fit under even the tightest of cuffs. The dial is nothing short of mesmerising, with the famed textured snowflake aesthetic doing what it does best — leaving the wearer in complete awe regarding the level of intricacy and detail. The dial is complemented by a solid 18k yellow gold implementation of Grand Seiko's classic dauphine hour and minute hands, while, perhaps strangely, the seconds hand is blued steel. And while I admit there was a hint of trepidation about the almost jarring contrast between yellow and blue when I first saw images of the SBGY002, the dichotomy of colours works wonders in the flesh. Powering the dress watch is the Japanese firm's Calibre 9R31, which is skilfully crafted by hand in the watchmaker's Shinshu watch studio, which, incidentally, is where the first-ever spring drive movement was created…. Read More

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HANDS-ON: The Grand Seiko SBGA407 Snowflake blue

Grand Seiko SBGA407 Snowflake blue

USP – the acronym for "unique selling point". A watchmaker's USP is paramount to their success, and if you look at the general consensus of what's considered the best brands out there, they've all got it — they each excel at something that puts them a cut above the rest. Whether it's Rolex and their storied robustness, A. Lange & Söhne and their prolific levels of movement finishing, or Patek Philippe and their ability to make a steel sports watch so damned hard to purchase. What these USPs translate to, most importantly, is sales – if a brand is considered to be the pinnacle in a discipline of watchmaking, they will always be desirable. Grand Seiko's USP is their dials – in the eyes of many, including my own, they represent the zenith of the horological industry in both design and finishing. No word of a lie, you need to look at their dials through a loupe to properly appreciate the aesthetic, craftsmanship and attention to detail on offer with these timepieces. Made to mimic the snow that falls around Grand Seiko's Shinshu watch studio –the birthplace of the marque's fabled Spring Drive movement – the Grand Seiko SBGA407 Snowflake Blue… Read More

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3 watches you can buy right now at the new Grand Seiko Sydney Boutique

It was only three short years ago when the first-ever Australian Seiko Boutique opened in Sydney, but the Japanese powerhouse has kept very busy, announcing the exciting news of the opening of the first-ever Australian Grand Seiko Boutique. This is a strong statement from the brand as they continue to drive the distinction of Grand Seiko being the premium offering compared to Seiko, which is reinforced by Melbourne luxury retailer Monards recently starting to carry Grand Seiko. While it is exciting news for fans of Grand Seiko to know there is a dedicated space for their favourite brand, it is also exciting that Australia will now have access to exclusive boutique-only pieces. These are three very cool pieces now available at the Grand Seiko Sydney Boutique. SBGA364 – The rose gold Spring Drive If you like the idea of one of the most innovative movements released in the last half-century cased in 40mm of pink gold with a matching bracelet, you'll like the SBGA364. While most of the offerings from Grand Seiko fly somewhat under the radar, this is a more vocal expression of the brand that is known for their incredible level of finishing. Price: $55,300, boutique exclusive SBGZ001… Read More

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VIDEO: The timelessly elegant Grand Seiko SBGY002

SBGY002

Created to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Grand Seiko's prolific Spring Drive movement, SBGY002 is a limited edition dress watch for discerning fans of the Japanese watchmaker's signature snowflake dial. Hewn from solid 18k yellow gold, the case of the rarified timepiece is signature SBGY and, as a result, measures in at just 38.5mm and 10.2mm, ensuring that it will more than comfortably fit under even the tightest of cuffs. The dial is nothing short of mesmerising, with the famed textured snowflake aesthetic doing what it does best — leaving the wearer in complete awe regarding the level of intricacy and detail. The dial is complemented by a solid 18k yellow gold implementation of Grand Seiko's classic dauphine hour and minute hands, while, perhaps strangely, the seconds hand is blued steel. And while I admit there was a hint of trepidation about the almost jarring contrast between yellow and blue when I first saw images of the SBGY002, the dichotomy of colours works wonders in the flesh. Powering the dress watch is the Japanese firm's Calibre 9R31, which is skilfully crafted by hand in the watchmaker's Shinshu watch studio, which, incidentally, is where the first-ever spring drive movement was created…. Read More

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Big and blue: the Grand Seiko Blue Ceramic Hi-Beat GMT "Special"

Grand Seiko Blue Ceramic Hi-Beat GMT "Special"

Editor's note: If you're after a sports watch with a GMT complication, the world is your oyster … err, well, you get what I mean. Almost every serious watchmaker on the planet makes a hardy, go-anywhere timepiece with a dual time zone function, and because of this, the subgenre has become somewhat homogenous – there just aren't that many timepieces out there that look markedly different. One watch that does break the mould, however, is the limited edition Grand Seiko Blue Ceramic Hi-Beat GMT "Special". Thanks to its inimitable dial, case construction and size – 46.4mm – this is a wristwatch like no other. And, chances are, you'll never see more than one being worn in the same place, because just 350 examples exist.  In the wonderful world of Grand Seiko, if it's not using a quartz crystal – and, yes, that includes the Spring Drive – then inside is a Caliber 9S movement. Introduced in 1998, the Caliber 9S is the staple of all mechanical Grand Seikos and forms the base for everything from humble three-handers to hi-beats and GMTs. This year, Grand Seiko are celebrating the 20th birthday of the 9S with – in addition to quite a… Read More

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The watches James Bond should have worn

If you've ever been on the internet you will have noticed one million and one articles about the watches James Bond has worn throughout his long and many-faced career. If this is your first time on the World Wide Web, welcome and, trust me, 90 per cent of what you've been missing out on comprises James Bond watch articles and funny cat videos. But here at Time+Tide, we want to take you on a journey to an alternate dimension. Here, we pick nine of the best James Bond outings and outfit the famous British spy with a timepiece more suited to either the plot, setting, or our incorrigible whimsy. Without further ado, allow us to present the watches James Bond should have worn but never did. From Russia With Love – Konstantin Chaykin Russian Time Russia is massive. So massive it has seven time zones. The Konstantin Chaykin not only allows the wearer to access all seven time zones with ease, but the graphical display is also a thing of beauty. It might also help charm the KGB agents into going easy on him if he's caught wearing an example of Russian craftsmanship rather than a Rolex, which, let's face… Read More

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RECOMMENDED WATCHING: Joe Rogan talks watches

Recommended watching: Joe Rogan talks watches

Unless you've been in hibernation for the last five years, or you've had a complete moratorium on any type of connection to the Internet, chances are you've heard about Joe Rogan and his podcast. In fact, the comedian and former host of Fear Factor has such a large reach on the interwebs that his podcast has been listened to by hundreds of millions of people across the globe – it is unquestionably one of the most successful podcasts of all time. And Rogan will talk about literally anything, and host guests from all walks of life, whether they be other comedians, celebrities, authors, journalists, professors, doctors … you name it, chances are he's had them on the show. Which brings me to why I'm writing this; you see, Rogan loves to talk about cars, and he's had a fair few car journalists on his show in the past, one of whom is Matt Farah. And in addition to being a car journo, Farah is also a complete watch fanatic, and he even hosted his own podcast about watches called Watch and Listen. So, of course, when Farah appeared on Rogan's podcast, the topic of watches inevitably came up, and the… Read More

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