INTRODUCING: The Grand Seiko SBGJ269 ‘Pink Flannel’Fergus Nash
In the interest of journalistic integrity I have to admit my biases, and I am obsessed with pink. My hair has been pink for the best part of five years, I own vast amounts of pink clothes, and yet I don’t own a pink watch. I was incredibly close to buying a Grand Seiko SPGJ249, the elegance GMT with the light blue wave dial and my recent grail, but I just couldn’t get the funds together. So, when I learned that Grand Seiko had announced an Elegance GMT with a pink dial as an Australian limited edition, it’s fair to say I lost my mind.
The SBGJ269 is the first-ever Australian limited edition from Grand Seiko, which is a welcome addition to the Seiko Eucalyptus and Noosa that came out recently. The “Cherry Blossom” SBGA413 was Grand Seiko’s first popular pink watch, but that hue was very subtle and easily lost in some lighting conditions. Inspired by the pink flannel flower, this dial is a perfect and saturated pastel pink that reminds us of all the softest and sweetest things in life. The texture on the dial is a wonderfully complex grain — one that almost looks like an undisturbed salt lake or some other kind of imperfect mineral.
The case of the Grand Seiko SBGJ269 is their modern-classic Elegance GMT case, with a delightful round head and petite, angular lugs. The all-polished surface really elevates the feeling of quality, especially with Grand Seiko’s legendary zaratsu technique that promises distortion-free reflections and incredible lighting dynamics. A diameter of 39.5mm and a lug-to-lug of just under 47mm keeps it wrist-friendly for any body type, even if it is a little bit taller than some would like at 14.1mm thick.
That extra chunk comes from the calibre 9S86 — a high-beat movement with automatic winding and, of course, the traveller’s GMT complication. Those 36,000 vibrations per hour give the SBGJ269 a wonderfully smooth sweep of the seconds hand, and the 55-hour power reserve is healthily above average. Grand Seiko quote an accuracy range of between +5/-3 seconds for this movement, which is well within expectations for a watch of this luxury status. You can view the calibre 9S86 and its phenomenal decoration through the sapphire caseback, which features the limited-edition numbering.
The Grand Seiko SBGJ269 pricing and availability:
Exclusive to Australian Grand Seiko boutiques and a few special authorised dealers, the SBGJ269 is strictly limited to just 50 pieces. Price: $10,600 AUD
|39.5mmm x 47mm x 14.1mm
|Limited to 50 pieces in Australian boutiques