The Replica New Noble Grand Seiko Collection
There's one thing in common of Grand Seiko, which all skew slightly dressy, without a GS Dive watch nor even with a steel bracelet, the Elegance Collection is a group of them. The eight watches in the existing Elegance Collection include both hand-wound and automatic movements, of which at around 11.6mm thick for the hand-wound versions, while a more-typical-for-Grand-Seiko thirteen and change for the automatic styles(13.10mm for SBGR261, which is a date-and-time-only model, and slightly thicker for GMT and Spring Drive GMT models). Grand Seiko has just released additional four new timepieces to the Elegance Collection, all of them are also announce vehicles for the first hand-wound Grand Seiko movement in eight years, which of two top replica watches feature Japanese urushi lacquer dials, decorated with the technique known as maki-e. This is the caliber 9S63, which takes the basic plate architecture of the existing 9S64 and adds a running small second at 9:00, while at 3:00 indicated a power reserve as well.
As everyone knows, urushi lacquerware is a highly old and traditional decorative art, even by Japanese standards. The technique involves harvesting the sap of the Japanese lacquer tree (a species of poison oak; lacquer workers tend to develop some immunity to the irritating oils in the sap from prolonged exposure) which is aged and then applied in very thin layers to create a different kind of forms. Lacquer dries to a very hard, waterproof, and highly lustrous surface and it can be used to decorate a diversity of objects via using a very complex vocabulary of techniques. The specific technique used for the new Elegance urushi timepieces is called maki-e, a method in which gold or silver powder is used as an extra decorative element (fountain pens decorated with maki-e lacquer are highly demanded among writing instrument collectors).
There are two available models of the watches for introduction, one is the rose gold maki-e dial models, and the other is the "Mount Iwate" pattern-dial model in steel. Yet there will also be a gold model with a simple white dial, it's the only model among the four which is not a limited edition. All four watches have the same dimensions at 39mm and 11.6mm thick.
More and more limited edition best replica watches are used both mechanical and Spring Drive movements, which is part of a larger move on the part of Grand Seiko to clearly distinguish itself as a truly luxurious product, from other versions of watchmaking at Seiko. Grand Seiko announced that it would function as a separate entity from Seiko in 2017, and from then on, several new models including special and limited editions for specific markets, have offered a great deal of chance for Grand Seiko enthusiasts to pick up, in comparison to a few years ago there are comparatively few selections available.
Gold and steel models, with applied markers. The yellow gold model will become part of the permanent collection and is not a limited edition.
What the Grand Seiko fan only concern about is that, as the choices increase and the firm moves its image more and more upmarket, at some point Grand Seiko will lose its appeal as a company that offers an incomparable price-value proposition to some degree. Luckily, it seems not to be the case so far, and the fact that quartz Grand Seiko models are still available starting at $2,200 (and under $4,000 for mechanical automatics and Spring Drive watches) is a reassuring thing for Grand Seiko enthusiasts and prospective owners, that the core identity of Grand Seiko keeps the same.
While the gold rush and plain dial models are exploring the higher end of the Grand Seiko price bracket, the steel model is less than $8,000, the quality current for the latter is still something of a bargain too, such as the finish and quality of the case and hands, the hand-made make-e dial, and quality of the movement.