Casio Metal Twisted G-Shock MT-G MTGS1000D-1A

Casio Metal Twisted G-Shock MT-G MTGS1000D-1A

With 2013 coming to an end, we are bringing you our final watch review of the year, and probably one of the most anticipated releases collectors have anxiously been awaiting…  The new, hand made, radio controlled and tough solar, Metal Twisted G-Shock MT-G MTGS1000D-1A!

Casio Metal Twisted G-Shock MT-G MTGS1000D-1AThe Metal Twisted G is something that is not necessarily a 1st for Casio, having had the premium range of G-Shock’s (Mr. G) available in Japan for sometime now.  The new MT-G series is similar in traits of quality of construction with a larger, bolder, and with even more advanced technology.  This new, luxury, Metal Twisted G-Shock is crafted at Casio’s Yamagata factory (which also produces the Mr. G, Protrek Manaslu, and Oceanus line), and is manufactured completely in house, which is something shocking (no pun intended) to consumers, but also something Casio should be tremendously proud of.

Casio Metal Twisted G-Shock MT-G MTGS1000D-1A

To start, the MT-G lives up to the durability of the classic G’s, having all the major characteristics that make them so indestructible.  The construction is built to withstand shock, centrifugal gravity, and vibration thanks to its elaborate Core Guard Structure composed of stainless steel on both case front and back with resin sandwiched between.  The case is secured with tension screws and Casio’s proprietary Alpha Gel (an insulator gel composed of silicone and other materials) which ad substantially to the shock and vibration resistance.  The Alpha Gel can be found surrounding the movement, but also near the lugs and bezel.  Another note on durability is that the hands are meticulously calculated to be balanced and stay secure under the harsh conditions G’s are built for.  The MT-G also uses sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, something rarely seen in most G’s.

Casio Metal Twisted G-Shock MT-G MTGS1000D-1A

Casio Metal Twisted G-Shock MT-G MTGS1000D-1AThe bracelet is made to be extremely durable, but is also very well finished.  The combination of brushed and high polish finish give great detail, while the back side of the bracelet is lined with a fine resin, not only giving it a classic G-Shock feel and added shock resistance, but is also soft and cool, due to its low-thermal conductivity.  The connection from the case to bracelet are cylinder shaped lugs rotating the bracelet, which looks impressive from a design stand point but also hug the wrist making for good shape and keeping it comfortable.

Casio Metal Twisted G-Shock MT-G MTGS1000D-1A

The dynamic design of the case is complimented by a deeply recessed, dual layered dial in dark grey with a diamond like texture.  The dial displays centralized 3 hand time, day of the week while in time keeping mode and other mode functions when adjusted to the specific mode.  There is also a 24 hour counter synced with the main clock displayed between 10:00-11:00, and a secondary time zone displayed at 3:00 (word time) with an AM/PM indicator on the lower left side, date below 4:00, and indicators for successful radio control reception around 11:00.  The indexes run very steep from the top of chapter ring to the lower portion of the dial, and give a 3 dimensional look.  The indexes have a vertical brushed finish with Neo-Brite that glows in green at the top, while the hands glow a cool blue adding a nice contrast for night time legibility.

Casio Metal Twisted G-Shock MT-G MTGS1000D-1A

Now we get into the awesome functionality of this timepiece.  Casio’s proprietary Smart Access technology comes into play in the 5369 module, utilizing an electronic crown to control the setting of timezones.  The centralized time or “home time” is set by unlocking the crown, pulling it out two clicks and then turning until the second hand points to the desired timezone’s city code located on the inner portion of the bezel.  There are 29 timezones to choose from.  The secondary timezone (sub dial at 3:00) or your “world time” is adjusted by pulling out the crown one click as opposed to two, and doing the same.  Both of these adjustments will need to be done in timekeeping mode, which can be recognized by the when the mode hand at 7:00-8:00 is pointing at the day of the week.  The home time and world time can easily be swapped between the 2 displays by pushing and holding the upper right button for about 3 seconds.

Casio Metal Twisted G-Shock MT-G MTGS1000D-1A

The lower left hand button is used to change modes.  Pushing it once from standard timekeeping mode will engage the 1/20th of a second chronograph.  The chrono is displayed with the 1/20th of a sec at the “mode” sub dial at 7:00-8:00, and the seconds and minutes at the 3:00 “world time” sub dial.  The upper and lower right button are used to start, stop, and reset as with any other chrono.  Pushing the lower left button again will engage the countdown timer.  The timer can be set anywhere from 1 minute to 120 minutes and an alarm will sound once complete.  The timer is displayed at the 3:00 sub dial, and can be set using the electronic crown out at the 1st click.  The pushing the lower left button again will be for your alarm.  The alarm is also displayed at 3:00, and can also be set via the electronic crown out one click, and can be turned on or off by pushing the upper right button with the crown closed.  The audible alarm will sound ten times once it hits the set time.

Casio Metal Twisted G-Shock MT-G MTGS1000D-1AThe build is quite large at a 53.5mm diameter, but really probably wears more like a 48mm due to the protruding parts on the case sides.  The watch is not incredibly heavy at 188g, but has far more heft than a typical resin G-Shock.  The MT-G is both Tough Solar and Multi-band 6 (atomic) meaning it is powered by light (going up to 5 months in the dark before needing to be recharged) and will connect to radio control towers automatically at night or manually, in order to correct accuracy.  This particular model retails for $900.  There is also a black ion-plated version (MTGS1000BD-1A) available now at $1,000 and a Limited Edition model (MTGS1030DB-1A) slated for delivery sometime in Jan. 2014 at $1,100.

Casio Metal Twisted G-Shock MT-G MTGS1000D-1A

This new series of MT-G is going to be extremely limited to retailers and without a doubt has already been a tremendous success here at AZFineTime.com.  Since G-Shock’s launch in 1983, the brand has maintained its reputation as one of the most durable timepieces in the industry.  It’s amazing to see that 30 years later, they have introduced a piece under the same strict guidelines, that has new a new refinement to appeal to watch collectors of all sorts, and even to the generations who grew up wearing G-Shocks, that are now looking for something more professional.

This MT-G MTGS1000D-1A can be purchased directly on the AZ Fine Time site HERE.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996.

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Grand Seiko Roadshow at AZ Fine Time – Highlights

Mountains in Suwa near Shinshu Watch Studio in 9R65

Ahhh, the wonders of the Grand Seiko Spring Drive.  We have here the 9R65 caliber, produced at Shinshu watch studio in Japan.  This movement, and its variants, are truly special in many ways.  Not only the worlds most accurate movement driven by a mainspring, but completely in-house manufactured and assembled by hand at Shinshu in Suwa, a part of the Nagano prefecture.  The Japanese alps surrounding the studio are expressed in the top plate of the movement, which is one of many subtle attributes to Grand Seiko that collectors admire.  Last Friday, Dec 13th 2013, Arizona Fine Time was fortunate enough to share the tremendous skill it takes to build a Grand Seiko Spring Drive movement during our 4th annual Grand Seiko Roadshow featuring Master Watchmaker Junya Kamijo!

Grand Seiko Watchmaker Junya Kamijo

Mr. Kamijo assembled the 9R86 Spring Drive Chronograph movement here in our retail store, which consists of 416 parts and 50 jewels.  Customers watched in amazement as Mr. Kamijo built the 9R86 right in front of their eyes, making it appear easy.  As one of only 3 watchmakers actually assembling the chronograph GMT movement, you could imagine his qualifications are far above standard.

9R86 Spring Drive Chronograph GMT movement assembly watchmaking

9R86 Spring Drive Chronograph GMT movement assembly watchmaking

9R86 Spring Drive Chronograph GMT movement assembly watchmaking

Grand Seiko Watchmaker Junya Kamijo

Grand Seiko Watchmaker Junya Kamijo

Grand Seiko movement assembly

Grand Seiko Watchmaker Junya Kamijo

Grand Seiko Watchmaker Junya Kamijo

9R86 Spring Drive Chronograph GMT movement assembly watchmaking

Grand Seiko Watchmaker Junya Kamijo

Grand Seiko Watchmaker Junya Kamijo

Grand Seiko Watchmaker Junya Kamijo

Grand Seiko Watchmaker Junya Kamijo

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph GMT SBGC001 Dial

9R86 Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph GMT movement

9R86 Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph GMT movement column wheel

9R86 Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph GMT movement

The party was a tremendous success with customers visiting from all over the country just to see the “behind the scenes” magic that is Grand Seiko.  We couldn’t have asked for a better turn out and sincerely appreciate everyone who attended the event.

Grand Seiko Roadshow 2013 at AZ Fine Time

Grand Seiko Roadshow 2013 at AZ Fine Time

Grand Seiko Roadshow 2013 at AZ Fine Time

Grand Seiko Roadshow 2013 at AZ Fine Time

Grand Seiko Roadshow 2013 at AZ Fine Time

Grand Seiko Roadshow 2013 at AZ Fine Time

Grand Seiko Roadshow 2013 at AZ Fine Time

Customers who made purchases during the event received autographs from Mr. Kamijo.  I have to say… He gave out a lot of autographs that evening!

Grand Seiko Watchmaker Junya Kamijo

Grand Seiko Watchmaker Junya Kamijo

Grand Seiko Watchmaker Junya Kamijo autograph for customer

Another great aspect of the night was the presentation table, where you get to see Grand Seiko’s parts, literally under a microscope.  Here’s a shot of the integrated circuit that is used to translate the frequency of the quartz oscillator to the electro-magnetic brake, which regulates the glide wheel, providing the supreme accuracy and smooth gliding motion of Spring Drive.  A lot of technology in a tiny little piece.

Integrated Circuit  for Grand Seiko

And a slightly less close up of the IC.

Integrated Circuit  for Grand Seiko Spring Drive The quartz oscillator itself.

Grand Seiko OscillatorBelow is theglassy metal core of the coil which is 18 layers of 25 micron thick amorphous.  The coil wound around the core is perfectly aligned wound around the coil block an amazing 25,00o times.  This along with the difficult to manufacture amorphous core is what makes Spring Drive so efficient when it comes to electrical energy.

25 micron thick amorphous core and coil block

The 9R65’s mainspring is made of an in-house developed alloy called Spring 510, giving it an impressive 72 hour power reserve off of only one barrel.

Spron 510 mainspring for 9R65 movment

Barrel for Spron 510 mainspring for 9R65 movment

Spron 510 mainspring for 9R65 movment

The shots below are of the 9R65 caliber, from many different angles, giving you a slightly better idea on placement of parts as well as quality of finish.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive 9R65 Movement

Grand Seiko Spring Drive 9R65 Movement

Grand Seiko Spring Drive 9R65 Movement Glide Wheel

Grand Seiko Spring Drive 9R65 Movement

Grand Seiko Spring Drive 9R65 Movement

Grand Seiko Spring Drive 9R65 Movement

Grand Seiko Spring Drive 9R65 Movement

A close up shot of the 9F62 high accuracy quartz movement.  This rarely seen movement boasts a +/- 10 second a year accuracy rating due to thermo-compensation of the quartz crystal (which it checks and corrects 540 times a day), 50 year service life internally due to its “super sealed cabin”, increased toque to drive heavy metal hands and still maintain a 3 year battery life due to its twin pulse motor, has a backlash auto-adjust to ensure the hand stops exactly on the marker with no vibration, and even a “pacing switch” to manually adjust accuracy.  This movement is also made at Shinshu.

Grand Seiko 9F62 HAQ Quartz Movement

Next we get into the insides of the 9S mechanical movements made at Shizuku-Ishi Watch Studio in Morioka Japan. First is the 9S65 Mechanical Automatic with a rate of 28,800 bph.

9S85 Grand Seiko Mechanical Hi-Beat Automatic movement

The mainspring utilized is the same Spring 510 alloy used in Spring Drive.  This ultra resilient alloy also allows for a 72 hour power reserve on the 9S65.

Spron 510 mainspring for 9S65 mechanical movment

The hairspring used is also labeled as Spron, but the 610 instead of 510.  The alloy is so durable, we actually saw it stretched to its limits at last years Roadshow and it recoiled perfectly flat, where as other hairsprings become completely uncoiled and deformed.

Spron 610 Hairspring Balance Wheel

Here is the 9S85 Hi-Beat caliber.  This 36,000 bph movement brings the highest accuracy in a purely mechanical watch, while still maintaing its durability.

9S65 Grand Seiko Mechanical Automatic

The hairspring on this model is the same Spring 610 utilized in the 9S65, but swings much faster.

Spron 610 Hairspring Balance Wheel - MEMS Pallet Fork Escapement Gear

The escapement system all by its lonesome.  Truly incredible technology has allowed for the immaculate construction of the pallet fork and escapement wheel.  The use of MEMS (Micro Electrical Mechanical Systems) allows the manufacturing of parts that are 10 times the durability of traditionally machined parts.
Spron 610 Hairspring Balance Wheel - MEMS Pallet Fork Escapement Gear

The mainspring used is the Spron 530 alloy.  This material provides a 55 hour power reserve on the higher torque, higher frequency movement.

Spron 530 mainspring for 9S85 mechanical Hi-Beat movmentBelow you will see the case assembly for the SBGH001 9S85 Hi-Beat.  The mirror finished polish is thanks to the very few craftsmen who spend an abundance of time polishing by hand.

Case for SBGH001

The bezel is also finished in the katana blade hand polishing technique called “Zaratsu”.

Bezel of SBGH001

Seiko also manufactures the sapphire crystal in-house.  A good majority of this ultra clear, distortion free crystal is thanks to Seiko’s optics division Seiko Optical Products Co. LTD.

Seiko in-house Sapphire Crystal

Seiko in-house Sapphire Crystal

Seiko in-house Sapphire Crystal

Seiko in-house Sapphire Crystal

The case back of the SBGH001 (as well as many others) use sapphire crystal with a very subtle hologram of the Grand Seiko lion logo.

SBGH001 Case Back with Grand Seiko Hologram

The hands of Grand Seiko’s are also polished by hand and brought to the mirror Zaratsu finish.  The 5 facet diamond cut hands provide greater legibility at night, catching the slightest bit of light, and making it glimmer like a diamond.

Diamond Cut hands for Grand Seiko

a close up of the dial of the SBGH0o1, which uses the same multi-faceted, Zaratsu finish technique to add to legibility on the indexes.  The dial process itself is incredibly elaborate, with 12 steps to complete its unique silvery radial sunburst finish.

Dial for SBGH001

Towards the end of the night, Seiko gathered a group of people in the room and Regional Vice President Rick Rowlands started to make a speech.  Much to my surprise, the boys from Seiko awarded me with the new Seiko Astron GPS Kintaro Hattori Limited Edition for “outstanding support”.   The watch was presented to me by Mr. Shunji Tanaka, who from what I understand is in charge of global sale of Astron.  All I can say is that I am still surprised, incredibly honored, and truly grateful!  From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU SEIKO for this wonderful gift!

Seiko Astron GPS Kintaro Hattori at AZ Fine Time

Seiko Astron GPS Kintaro Hattori at AZ Fine Time

The picture below is with Mr. Tanaka, Mr. Yosh Kawada (President of Seiko USA), myself, and Mitchel Hirsh (owner of AZ Fine Time).  If you can’t tell, I’m incredibly excited with that huge goofy grin on my face!

Seiko Astron GPS Kintaro Hattori at AZ Fine TimeWe’d sincerely like to thank all of Seiko for putting on such an amazing event.  A very special thank you to all the great guys from Seiko who attended the event (from left to right) Mr. Keith “Don Kiki” Oda, Mr. Rick Rowlands, Mr. Yosh Kawada, Mr. Junya Kamijo, Mr. Shunji Tanaka, Mr. Shu Yoshino, and Mr. Kinya Iwami.  All of your hard work is truly appreciated!

Staff from Seiko USA and Seiko Japan

We’d also like to thank our friends Jessica from TimeZone.com and Paul Hubbard from ABlogtoWatch.com for attending the event.  Always a pleasure!

Most importantly… I would sincerely like to thank all of our customers who attended the event, participated in the event online, and who have supported us over the years… Your support and friendship means the world to us!!!

Staying “ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE REST”!!

Staff from Seiko USA, Seiko Japan, and AZ Fine Time

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed!

Please check out our video below of Junya Kamijo working on the 9R86 movement…

Grand Seiko Roadshow Live From AZ FineTime

See Grand Seiko Spring Drive master watchmaker Junya Kamijo assemble the 416 part 9R86 movement live on our website right now!  The feed is also recorded, so you can play the video at any time throughout this weekend.  Go to the link below to see Mr. Kamijo in action…

WWW.AZFINETIME.COM – GRAND SEIK ROADSHOW 2013

 

Grand Seiko Roadshow and Astron GPS Test Drive at AZ Fine Time Dec. 13th 2013

 

 

We’ll have a ton of pictures and video of the event coming next week.

 

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Grand Seiko Spring Drive Limited Edition Brown Dial SBGA095

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Limited Edition SBGA095As a new Limited Edition for the 2013 Grand Seiko line up, the SBGA095 is a part of continuing series adapting part of Japan’s elements of nature to theme the timepieces.  Today we review the SBGA095 which is limited to only 300 pieces for the world.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Limited Edition SBGA095We 1st found out that the SBGA011 “Snowflake” was a tribute to the snowfall during the Suwa regions winters.  We then saw the Spring Drive GMT SBGE021, with beautiful green dial, symbolizing the luscious plant life found in the area.  Last year, the blue dialed SBGA071 was released with the inspiration of the sea.  This years model features a rich earthy brown dial to symbolize the land of Japan.  With a tremendous amount of detail in a subtle brown dial, you can catch glimpses of the near spider web type guilloche embossed into the dial.  The amount of light exposed to the dial determines the amount of brown and texture seen, almost looking black in low light settings.  Sunlight will bring out the true beauty of the dial, but as with all Grand Seiko’s, subtlety is key.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Limited Edition SBGA095The stainless steel case on the SBGA095 is the new smaller 39mm wide, by 12.3mm thick design found on both SBGA083 and SBGA085.  The bracelet is also an oyster type, with only a brushed finish, giving a slightly sportier appearance than the 5 piece with polished attributes.  The case, hands and indexes use the incredible zaratsu katana blade polishing technique, giving it the beautiful mirror like finish.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Limited Edition SBGA095

The movement utilized is the 9R65 Spring Drive movement, manufactured in-house, and assembled at Shinshu Watch Studio in Suwa Japan.  As many of you know, Spring Drive is an amazing technology, that took 28 years of development to achieve perfection.  The solely mainspring powered, self-winding winding movement has a 72 hour power reserve (which is displayed on the dial) due to Seiko’s in-house developed alloy, the Spron 510 mainspring.   Replacing the traditional escapement system is Seiko’s Tri-Synchro Regulator, which uses a quartz crystal, integrated circuit and electro-magnetic brake to control the uni-direction glide wheel, which replaces the traditional hairspring and balance wheel.  The smooth gliding motion of the Spring Drive second hand is due to this glide wheels rotation in one direction and The frequency from the quartz crystal allows for incredible accuracy.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Limited Edition SBGA095The new series of 39mm Grand Seiko Spring Drives all have closed case backs with the Grand Seiko Lion logo on the caseback.  The SBGA095 is no exception, but will be engraved with “LIMITED EDITION” and the individual serial number “XXX/300”.  With such a small supply of this model, not to mention at an incredible price point, these will surely be gone quick.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Limited Edition SBGA095The MSRP on the Grand Seiko Limited Edition SBGA095 with Earthy Brown dial is only $4,000, which is one of the lowest prices found for any Spring Drive.  As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996 or submit an inquiry through AZFineTime.com.

Grand Seiko Roadshow 2013 at AZ Fine TimeDon’t forget!!  This Friday, Dec. 13th is the 4th annual Grand Seiko Roadshow at Arizona Fine Time!  Master watchmaker from Shinshu Watch Studio, Junya Kamijo, will be here assembling a 9R Grand Seiko Spring Drive movement.  He will be autographing watch boxes for customers who make purchases for the event, and we will also have a special promotion with the Astron GPS, where President of Seiko USA, Yosh Kawada, will autograph boxes for purchases of Astron during the event.  If you cannot attend the event, you can call in orders to get the autograph and watch it live on AZFineTime.com‘s homepage from 3-7pm MST.  The live feed will also be able to play back the recorded version, and will be on our site all weekend.  Don’t miss out!

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See our video review of the SBGA095 below…

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Seiko Astron GPS SAST017 – SAST019 – SAST021 – SAST023

Seiko Astron GPS Solar SAST017 SAST019 SAST021 SAST023The Seiko Astron GPS Solar has been a tremendous success.  With a ton of great models to choose from, we were lucky enough to get a little more variety for our line up this holiday season.  Four new models have landed here at AZ Fine Time.  Three of which are typically only sold on the Japanese domestic market, one which is not even sold in Japan.  All of these models are in incredibly small supply and will only be available this one time.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar SAST017 SAST019The 1st two models are in titanium with ceramic center links, SAST017 and SAST019.  Both are identical to the SAST015, with different color schemes, and have the same partially engraved case sides.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar SAST017The SAST017 is a variation with black ceramic bezel, balck ceramic center links and rose gold accents on the dial.  The home time sub dial at the 6:00 has a rose gold accented ring around it, the inner bezel with difference from UTC is in a rose gold type color and the mode indication highlighted in the same tone.  The hands are also rose gold plated, which is hard to see in the picture above.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar SAST019The SAST019 is identical with blue accents in place around the home time sub dial.  This model does have a blue ceramic bezel with blue center links, but also has blue plating on the crown and pushers.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar SAST021 SAST023The next two in our special allotment are in stainless steel cases, with stainless steel bracelets.  This is the 1st time we are seeing any Astron models in steel, with the matching bracelet.  Currently, the US line up is only stainless steel with the silicone strap, so it is nice to see something with a little more heft to it.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar SAST021The SAST021 is very similar to the SAST003 (which has a titanium case and bracelet), but has the city code engraved black ceramic bezel which we started to see in other models this year.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar SAST023The final piece in the line up is the SAST023.  This model, is not normally available in the US market, but also not a part of the Japanese market line up.  Not sure which market it is made for, but am guessing it is for the UK or other parts of the Asian market.  This model has the blue engraved bezel, with beautiful electric yellow second hand.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar SAST017All models have the same functionality as the rest of the Astron GPS series and utilize the 7X52 movement.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar SAST019

The 7×52 is the worlds 1st truly global movement, which recognizes all 39 timezones.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar SAST021

The use of an in house developed low powered GPS receiver, ring shaped antenna (found under the ceramic bezel) and a smart sensor all contribute to making the Astron so special.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar SAST023The Astron can connect to one single satellite for a quick accuracy update or to multiple satellites to pinpoint your location and update the hands accordingly, all at the push of a button.

The MSRP on the SAST017 and SAST019 is $2,650.  The steel SAST021 and SAST023 both retail at $2,350.  As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-486-3996 or submit an inquiry through AZFineTime.com.

Grand Seiko Roadshow 2013 at AZ Fine Time

Also, don’t forget… The Grand Seiko Roadshow is this coming Friday from 3-7pm!  If you cannot attend, you will be able to view the event live or recorded on the homepage if AZFineTime.com starting at the same time as the event through the weekend!  Get your watch box autographed by master watchmaker Junya Kamijo for orders placed during the event.  We’ll also be hosting an event for Seiko Astron at the same time.  Purchases made during the event will get autographed boxes by the President of Seiko USA, Mr. Yosh Kawada!

See our video review below…

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Seiko Ananta 100th Anniversary Blue Lacquer Chronograph SRQ017

Seiko Ananta 100th Anniversary Blue Lacquer Chronograph SRQ017100 years of Seiko making wristwatches has been expressed throughout every series through Grand Seiko, Astron, and even the core Seiko lineup.  Today, we review their top of the line mechanical chronograph, the Ananta Blue Lacquer Chronograph SRQ017, also made to celebrate their 100th year of watchmaking.

Seiko Ananta 100th Anniversary Blue Lacquer Chronograph SRQ017For this special limited edition of only 300 pieces for the world, Seiko decided to continue with their successful hand lacquered dials, all done by renowned Makie lacquer artist Isshu Tamura.  For this model however, they decided to venture into new territory, deviating away from the previously used black lacquer, and going for a dark and elegant blue.  This blue lacquer dial was apparently very difficult to achieve, but the final product was well worth it.

Seiko Ananta 100th Anniversary Blue Lacquer Chronograph SRQ017The crescent moon found from about 11:00 to 5:00 replicates the symbol found on the helmet of Japanese Daimyo (or a powerful regional lord), Massamune Date.   Date began at an early age of 14 leading his first campaign in the modern Yamagata Prefecture.  By 1584, at the age of 17, he succeeded his father who decided to retire from his position of Daimyo, and Date grew his reputation tremendously.  Leading an army armored in all black with gold headgear, Massamune Date was a greatly feared leader who went through constant power struggles over land, with other Daimyo’s and even his own family.  With many incredible stories in his history, too many to go over today, one of his most recognizable achievements is the founding of the city of Sendai, one of the largest populated cities in Japan.  The golden crescent moon resting along the dark blue sky symbolizes the cultural history of Japan,  and brings back the age of the Samurai.

Seiko Ananta 100th Anniversary Blue Lacquer Chronograph SRQ017The roughly 43mm wide by 14mm thick stainless steel case of this Ananta is inspired by the Samuari sword, or katana blade, and also finished in the same technique applied to the swords.  The Zaratsu finish is found across the case sides, where each end of the lug is shaped like the tip of the blade.  The tachymeter bezel is plated in blue, which at certain angles, matches the dial.  It is quite impressive how the play of light can make the bezel match the dial in certain areas, while some portions seem brighter.  The color does not effect the flow of the watch, and actually gives it more character.

Seiko Ananta 100th Anniversary Blue Lacquer Chronograph SRQ017

The movement utilized is Seiko’s in-house manufactured 8R28, which is hand assembled at Shizuku-Ishi Watch Studio in Morioka Japan.  The chronograph uses a vertical clutch and column wheel system, has 34 jewels, 28,800 bph and a power reserve of 45 hours.  The use of the vertical clutch is to deliver a precision operation, without the jumping start found on other systems.  The column wheel is used to allow for the utmost precision when operating the pusher.  There is also a triple pointed hammer used in order to ensure when the chronograph is reset, that all of the chronographs hands realign perfectly and instantaneously.

Seiko Ananta 100th Anniversary Blue Lacquer Chronograph SRQ017

The Seiko Ananta 100th Anniversary Blue Lacquer Chronograph SRQ017 has an MSRP of $5,000.  As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996 or submit an inquiry through AZFineTime.com.

Also, don’t forget…  The Grand Seiko Roadshow is back at AZFT this coming Friday from 3-7pm!  If you can’t attend, you can see live feed on the homepage of our site.

Grand Seiko Roadshow 2013 at AZ Fine Time

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Seiko Galante FC Barcelona Limited Edition SBLL021

Seiko Galante FC Barcelona Limited Edition SBLL021

Today, we review a timepiece that is special in many ways.  First, Arizona Fine Time would like to proudly announce that we are officially the first authorized dealer in the United States for Seiko’s luxury brand that has never been sold on US soil before, Galante!  Galante was created in 2005, with incredibly unique and powerful designs that are fashion forward, as well as beautifully constructed and finished.  The brands name derives from the Italian term galante (or gallant in English) in reference to “a man who pays special attention to women”.  The brand is intended to essentially be a flirtatious conversation piece; sporty, elegant and strong.

Seiko Galante FC Barcelona Limited Edition SBLL021The sport concept of Galante is more so in reference to the sport of attracting the opposite sex.  For this Galante, however, the sport is futbol (aka soccer).  Seiko has now been a sponsor of FC Barcelona for about 2 years.  With this partnership, many have seen watches in the Sportura collection celebrating the fame of FCB.  As a very special limited edition, Seiko has made only 150 of this incredibly unique Galante as tribute to their partnership, only 3 of which came to the US market.  All 3 pieces are exclusively sold here at AZ Fine Time,  except for one, which found a new home with the owner of our store.

Seiko Galante FC Barcelona Limited Edition SBLL021The bold engraving of “FC BARCELONA” on the bezel symbolizes the power of the team as a whole.  FCB is one of the top 3 most valuable teams in soccer, has one of the largest followings of any sports team in the world, and has had some of the best players in the world, just to name a few things.  The dial replicates the FCB crest with the St. George cross on the upper left, which is cut out to expose the open heart beat of the watch, the Catalan flag on the upper right, FCB in the center, along with the steel soccer ball in the lower half.  The dial is done in a variety of metallic tones as opposed to colors in order to unify the steel look.  This represents the strength and pride of the team, essentially calling them “strong as steel”.  The dial is protected by sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, and the Seiko logo actually attached to the inside of the sapphire, casting its shadow on the dial.

Seiko Galante FC Barcelona Limited Edition SBLL021The 45mm wide by 14.4mm thick case design is impressive to say the least.   The case back is slightly curved in order to hug the wrist properly and makes up for its large size with comfort.  One of the most obvious attributes are its four cylinder shaped pillars at each lug.  While this characteristic applies tremendously to the design, it also serves purposes as these four pillars are what support the frame of the case.  You will also notice its faceted case sides.  The 23 square, zaratsu finished sides show a perfect mirror finish, that reflects light like a disco ball.  The significance of the 23 cuts is to symbolize the 23 wards that make up the Tokyo Metropolis, adding another special attribute.

Seiko Galante FC Barcelona Limited Edition SBLL021The strap is a black crocodile leather with dual push button 3 fold deployment clasp that has the special Galante crest visible when worn.  On the back of the strap is the quote “més que un club”, which means “more than a club”, describing the commitment of FCB and its fans.

Seiko Galante FC Barcelona Limited Edition SBLL021While the case back only exposes the small window of the watches heartbeat, just like on the dial, the case back is incredibly finished and bares the FCB crest.  The movement utilized is Seiko’s in-house manufactured 8L38 with a rate of 28,800 bph, 26 jewels and a power reserve of 50 hours.  The 8L38 is manufactured and hand assembled at the Shizuku-Ishi watch studio in Morioka, Japan.

Seiko Galante FC Barcelona Limited Edition SBLL021

Even the packaging that comes with this rare Galante is special.  The wood inner box is black with the FCB crest on top.  The inside colors are of the wood box are the home colors of FC Barcelona, while the outer box has their away colors in effect.

Seiko Galante FC Barcelona Limited Edition SBLL021The term “more than egoist” is used to describe the Galante brand.  With its bold, unique and intricate design, the sport of attraction is a part of Galante, but ultimately, the choice of watch is for yourself.  The MSRP Seiko Galante FC Barcelona Limited Edition is $5,800.  As always, if you have any questions please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996.  Check us out on AZFineTime.com to see more great and unique products from Seiko.

Grand Seiko Roadshow 2013 at AZ Fine Time

Don’t forget… The Grand Seiko Roadshow is coming back to AZ Fine Time!  See live feed on the homepage of AZFineTime.com the night of the event.  Master Spring Drive watchmaker Junya Kamijo will be back to build a Grand Seiko movement here in our retail store!  Free food, drinks, cigars, and even raffles for free watches that night.  Come on down to the store if in the area or check it out online while it happens!

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