Grand Seiko watches have a distinctive look that reflects Japanese artistic tastes. The design is notable for the purity, simplicity and subtlety of its lines. Grand Seiko calls it “functional beauty,” a style that does not interfere with the reading of the time, but enhances it with harmonious case lines and uncluttered, easy-to-read dials.
Key to the design are polished surfaces that reflect rays of light. Since ancient times, Japanese people have admired the subtle gradations between light and shadow in nature. With that inspiration, Grand Seiko uses a simple case design composed of a flat plane and curved line that respond to the movement of light. Grand Seiko creates this hard-edged, flat-surfaced case through a process called Zaratsu, or blade polishing. Hand-polishing gives the case a mirror-like smoothness where light and shadow play.
Grand Seiko makes watches with three different kinds of movements: mechanical, quartz, and Spring Drive. Spring Drive is a technical breakthrough invented by Seiko that combines the best of mechanical and quartz technologies. It’s an automatic watch that gives quartz accuracy without using a battery. No other watch company has this technology and is able to claim an accuracy of +/-10 seconds per month.
As for Grand Seiko mechanical watches, each one comes with a certificate indicating that it has passed the Grand Seiko Inspection Standard. Grand Seiko watches are tested in more positions, more temperatures, more days to stricter tolerances than Swiss chronometers are. They must be accurate to -3 to +5 seconds per day.
The watch designer who created the Grand Seiko style in the 1960s, Taro Tanaka, said he had three goals: “That users will feel that the watches are high performance; to meet the Japanese aesthetic sense; and to design watches that will be judged highly forever.”
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