In 2005, Seiko introduced the brand Galante with a unique twist behind the whole concept. The development of this line was to apply a sense of sport to the art of attraction. The brands name derives from the Italian term “galante” or in english, gallant, with the implementation of being brave, heroic, or chivalrous in the way of attracting the opposite sex through individuality. The bold and uncompromising design of Galante expresses this in many ways, but today we introduce you to a piece that takes the chivalry concept to a whole new level for Galante. We are proud to introduce you to the fifth model of Galante to appear in the US, and the third featuring their unique Spring Drive movement, the Galante “Fire” Limited Edition.
On December 5th, Arizona Fine Time hosted its 5th annual Grand Seiko Roadshow, which needless to say, was another tremendous success! This year was very special indeed as we welcomed Mr. Ikukiyo Komatsu who has been with Seiko for 32 years, worked on Spring Drive for over 10 years, and is one of few talented craftsmen who can assemble the complex 9R86 Spring Drive Chronograph GMT caliber and make it look easy!
In 1964, Seiko introduced the second generation of Grand Seiko, labeled the “Self-Dater” model which was the first Grand Seiko to feature not only a date display, but also an enhanced water resistance of 50 meters. From the first Grand Seiko introduced in 1960, Grand Seiko was made to be the best practical watch. The Self-Dater, otherwise known as the 57GS, was the second perfect example of this bearing a Chronometer label on its dial.
This year commemorates 10 years of the use of Seiko‘s in-house designed and developed Spring Drive movement found in Grand Seiko, known as the 9R caliber. To celebrate this, Arizona Fine Time is hosting our 5th annual Grand Seiko Roadshow, where Master Spring Drive Watchmaker Mr. Ikukiyo Komatsu is being flown in from Shiojiri, Japan, to build a Seiko Spring Drive 9R caliber right here in our retail store for all to see. If you are in the Phoenix area on December 5th from 3-7pm, please feel free to stop by and indulge in complimentary sushi, Asahi beer, and Yamakazi single malt whiskey, and to see an expert assemble the worlds most accurate movement powered by a mainspring. Also, we are proud to bring you a hands-on look at a limited edition model made to honor the 10 year 9R anniversary, the Grand Seiko Spring Drive SBGA109.
Arizona Fine Time is extremely proud to bring you a hands on review of a Grand Seiko that, while it has been out for a number of years, has never before been seen in the US market. One of the finest utilitarian movements in the Grand Seiko line up is their 9R86 Spring Drive Chronograph GMT, with 416 components, 50 jewels and a power reserve of 72 hours, including standard use of the chronograph feature and using only one barrel. Take this incredible caliber, and house it inside an immaculately mirror finished, 43.5mm 18k pink gold case. We now introduce you to the incredibly rare and luxurious, SBGC004.