Grand Seiko Roadshow 2012 at AZ Fine Time


The Grand Seiko Roadshow is back at AZ Fine Time!  For the 3rd year in a row, you will be able to see a Grand Seiko Master Watchmaker build an actual Grand Seiko movement here in our store in Scottsdale, AZ on Dec. 7th from 2-8pm.  If you are in the area, it is a very memorable event that you won’t want to miss.


For the 1st time, we will not have a Spring Drive watchmaker on site, but a master Hi-Beat watchmaker who will be building the Grand Seiko 9S85 movement here in our store!  Come down and meet Mr. Tsutomu Ito in person and see him build one of the most difficult calibers in the Grand Seiko line up.  Mr. Ito started with Morioka Seiko Instruments back in 1991, by 2003 was a 1st grade certified skilled worker, and in 2010 was awarded 2nd rank in a national skills competition in watchmaking.  Needless to say, he is more than qualified for the job.  Also, Mr. Ito will be providing autographs during the event for purchases made.  He will either autograph the watch box, or catalog for anyone who purchases a Grand Seiko, Ananta or Astron during the event.  If you cannot attend, please call us to order and have the autograph arranged.


Seiko also will be demonstrating the significance of their own proprietary and in-house developed Spron alloy.  Spron is utilized in the Grand Seiko series and is used for mainspring and hairspring.  This custom alloy is known for its durability, shock resistance and anti-magnetic properties but has also proven to be one of the leading alloys in the industry.  It is quite impressive how Seiko can manufacture near every aspect of Grand Seiko in house. Not only is Seiko one of the only true vertical manufactures in the industry, but they even manufacture the machines that manufacture watch parts, in house.  Now, Seiko even provides hairspring and other parts to some of the most renowned Swiss companies.


Mr. Ito works at Shizuku-Ishi Watch Studio in the Iwate Prefecture of Japan.  In previous years, our Spring Drive watchmakers have been from the Takumi workshop, in the Nagano prefecture.  The Shizuku-Ishi Watch Studio is a micro-artist studio, that is responsible for the high grade mechanical watches, such as the 9S85 Hi-Beat caliber.  Back in the late 1930’s, Seiko split into 2 separate divisions, Seikosha and Daini Seikosha, which are now today know as SII and Seiko Epson. There has always been somewhat of a competition between the 2 divisions and today, thanks to Mr. Shinji Hattori (President of Seiko Corporation), the 2 factories now work together and produce some of the most incredible products on the market.


For this incredible event, AZ Fine Time will have complimentary food and drinks, and complimentary cigars provided by the Cigar King portion of our business.  The cigar of the evening will be provided by Ashton cigars, which are  a renowned for their high quality Dominican made cigars.  Ashton has been the manufacture of choice for every Grand Seiko Roadshow we have hosted in the past.  It is only appropriate to have such luxurious cigar, with such a luxurious brand like Grand Seiko.

For those in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area, I have listed the details below.

Grand Seiko Roadshow

Friday, Dec. 7th from 2-8pm (MST)

AZ Fine Time

7830 E Gelding Dr Suite 100

Scottsdale AZ 85260


If you cannot attend, we will have live feed of the event which you can watch HERE or HERE during the event.  Be prepared for an amazing night and keep an eye out for a follow up with pictures, video, and a full report of how the event went.

Don’t forget, if you want to purchase a Grand Seiko, and want to have an autograph from one of few watchmakers talented enough to build a Hi-Beat movement, now’s the time!

Hope to see you there!

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