HANDS ON WITH THE GRAND SEIKO AUTOMATIC LIMITED EDITION BLUE GS DIAL SBGR097 – 42MM 9S61 NO DATE

Grand Seiko SBGR097

HANDS ON WITH THE GRAND SEIKO AUTOMATIC LIMITED EDITION BLUE GS DIAL SBGR097 – 42MM 9S61 NO DATE

2015 marked not only the 55th Anniversary for Grand Seiko, but also the 5 year anniversary of the introduction of the 9S65 caliber.  The advantage of the 9S65 as compared to the previous 9S5 series was the use of Spron 610 for the hairspring.  They also had a 72 hour power reserve (which was originally introduced in the 9S67 in 2006), due to their in-house manufactured mainspring, Spron 510.  Today we introduce you to a model that commemorates both anniversaries…  The SBGR097.

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Seiko Galante Blue Rose Limited Edition SBLA079 – Coming Soon

Seiko Galante Blue Rose Limited Edition SBLA079

AZ Fine Time became the 1st authorized dealer in the USA for Seiko’s luxury brand Galante late in 2013.  The 1st and only model we had received at that point was the FC Barcelona Limited Edition SBLL021 which you can see HERE.  The brand as a whole is intended to be bold, unique, fashionable, and still maintain the high quality movements and especially finish the premium line of Seiko is well known for.  Today, we introduce the new, extremely limited, Seiko Galante Blue Rose SBLA079.

Seiko Galante Blue Rose Limited Edition SBLA079

The Blue Rose is a limited version of the brands “rose” series.  With a white and black rose in the JDM line up for Galante, the new limited edition blue will have only 50 pieces produced for the entire world (near all of which will stay in Japan).  Only 2-3 pieces will be coming stateside, and will be exclusively available at AZ Fine Time.

Blue Rose Seiko Galante Spring Drive GMT SBLA079

The story behind the Blue Rose model starts with the fact that blue roses did not come into true existence until 2004.  Roses do not contain blue pigment, so through biotechnology, blue roses brought possibility to something that seemed impossible. Today, blue roses symbolize “a blessing of Heaven” and “dreams come true”.

Hannibal Barca "Aut Inveniam Viam Aut Faciam" Seiko Galalnte Blue Rose

The engraving on the bezel states “Aut inveniam viam aut faciam”, the popular quote by Hannibal Barca the Punic Carthaginian military commander, meaning “I shall either find a way or make one”.  There are also ten sapphire stones set into the 1st quarter of the bezel that are infused with the meaning “If you want to be a step ahead of the rest, there is no time”.

Seiko Galante Blue Rose Limited Edition SBLA079

This model will feature the 5R66 Spring Drive movement with GMT and power reserve indicator.  The dial is a blue mother of pearl with blue rose design implemented through the indexes.  The case is stainless steel at 45mm width, with “V” shaped grooves cut out of the sides.  The bracelet is incredibly impressive, with 9 piece link and tremendous amounts of Zaratsu polishing throughout the entire watch.

The US MSRP is set at $8,900. Stand by for our hands on review of this model when it arrives exclusively in the US at AZ Fine Time in late April.  Please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996 if you have any questions or wish to pre-order this ultra rare Seiko Galante!

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Seiko Astron GPS Solar Limited Edition SAST029

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Limited Edition SAST029

At the end of 2013, Seiko launched a new variation of their Astron GPS Solar in limited edition form.  With only 1,200 models produced for the world, the new SAST029 features a unique color combo for the series, with white ceramic center links, white ceramic jeweled crown, as well as a blue ceramic bezel.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Limited Edition SAST029The SAST029 also has some other traits never before seen in the Astron line up.  The orange accents for the seconds, mode, and the home time sub dials hour hand make for a great “pop” on the dial.  There are also blue metallic highlights on the mode indicators satellite connection section, and around the 6:00 sub dial.  The dial also has the newer, larger hands (which can be seen on the SAST100 LE), making for easier visibility at night than previous models.  In the image above, you can see the radial sunburst pattern on the translucent black dial that lays above the watches solar panel.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Limited Edition SAST029

This new LE has a titanium case and bracelet, with the collapsed case sides found on models SAST015.  Not quite as elaborate as the SAST100, but still have a greatly detailed aspect to them.  Seiko’s proprietary “Bright” titanium allows the 47mm wide, 16.5mm thick timepiece to weigh in at only 141g, which amazes most everyone when they put the piece on their wrist.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Limited Edition SAST029As I mentioned before, the orange accents really make the SAST029 stand out, but what really makes a difference is the home time’s orange hour hand.  This makes its small independent 24 hour hand really easy to read.  Another nice touch is the watches chapter ring with difference from UTC in white with blue numerals and its ceramic bezel in blue, with white text for the city codes.  I can easily say, this is the most legible Astron GPS to date.

SAST029-16

This, as well as every Astron GPS, features the 7X52 movement with over 10 years of development and over 100 patents.  The 7X52 is the only movement capable of connecting to multiple GPS satellites, pin point your location, and update the hands all by holding the upper right button for about 6 seconds.  This piece can also connect to 1 satellite to update its second hand accuracy by holding the upper right button for 3 seconds, or will automatically do so with exposure to bright sunlight.  The piece is also solar powered, with a maximum power reserve of 2 years in sleep mode.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Limited Edition SAST029Designed with a sporty look, inspired by sailing the sea, the SAST029 can recognize what timezone you are standing in (out of all 39), even if on a boat in the middle of the ocean.  The MSRP on the Seiko Astron GPS Solar Limited Edition SAST029 is $2,900 and can be purchased directly from our website here.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996 or submit an inquiry through AZFinetime.com.

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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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JeanRichard Terrascope Blue Dial 60500-11-401-11A

JeanRichard Terrascope Blue Dial 60500-11-401-11AIn celebration of receiving our newest brand, we continue on with our reviews of the JeanRichard brand.  Today we introduce the Terrascope, which obtains its inspiration from the Earth and our urge to explore its terrain.  The theme behind the Terrascope, as well as the rest of the “scope” series, is exploration, utilizing different elements to divide each category.

JeanRichard Terrascope Blue Dial 60500-11-401-11A

The JeanRichard Terrascope 60500-11-401-11A has a elaborately constructed 44mm stainless steel cushion shaped case.  The round bezel is finished in a vertical satin with a smooth high polish lateral surface.  The bezel sits atop a satin center case with two lateral inserts finished mostly in the satin, but also has great detail in high polish as well.  There are 14 different processes just to finish the case sides alone, making for the incredibly intricate case design.  Along with a screw down case back and sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, the design element has proven to be very well though out and executed involving over 70 steps to complete the case.

JeanRichard Terrascope Blue Dial 60500-11-401-11A

The bracelet for this model is also uniquely designed.  Also utilizing a vertical satin polish on the majority of the bracelet, the small amounts of high polish between the links give great detail.  The construction is solid, and obviously very well built.  The bracelet is topped off with a dual push button butterfly deployment clasp.

JeanRichard Terrascope Blue Dial 60500-11-401-11A

The dial on this piece is one of its most charismatic attributes.  Using a beautiful blue lacquer, the piece can easily draw attention across the room.  With such a unique and vibrant color, this piece has easily been one of the most popular styles here in our retail store.  The dials applied indexes and hands are rhodium coated and  “U” shaped (indexes), alternating a brushed and polished finish, adding to the legibility and also enhance the luminous material.

JeanRichard Terrascope Blue Dial 60500-11-401-11AThe luminous compound on the Terrascope is very bright and heavily applied.  It glows effortlessly and makes for incredible legibility at night.  With lume on the hour, minute and second hand, as well as each index, the time can easily be determined in the darkest setting.

JeanRichard Terrascope Blue Dial 60500-11-401-11A

The movement utilized is the JR60 self-winding caliber with 26 jewels, 28,800 bph and a minimal of 38 hour power reserve.  The movement starts as a Selitta base SW300-1, which is then modified and assembled at JR’s atelier in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.

JeanRichard Terrascope Blue Dial 60500-11-401-11A

The MSRP on this model is $3,500.  As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996.  Don’t forget to check out more of the JeanRichard brand HERE.

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Seiko Monster Limited Edition SRP455

Seiko Blue Monster Limited Edition SRP455

For the 100th Anniversary of watchmaking for Seiko, they have introduced a series of Limited Edition automatics, in one of their most iconic series, the “Monster”.  The first in our review is SRP455 which is the closest to the actual monster everyone knows and loves.  Recently, Seiko made some upgraded Monster’s using their 4R36 movement, and the SRP455 is no exception.

Seiko Blue Monster Limited Edition SRP455

The use of the upgraded 4R36 is beneficial in several ways.  First and foremost, this model will have a hack (stop seconds) and manual wind feature, which you did not have in the infamous “Orange Monster”.  The 4R36 has 24 jewels, 21,600 bph, and displays centralized time day and date.

Seiko Blue Monster Limited Edition SRP455The bezel on this piece is a dark metallic blue plating that looks truly impressive in person.  There is also yellow gold plating for the hands and 4:00 crown and a blue polyurethane strap.  These colors signify the theme of the 100th Anniversary of Watchmaking for Seiko.  The overall flow and color scheme mesh together perfectly.

Seiko Blue Monster Limited Edition SRP455The dial on the SRP455 is a metallic gradient blue in a sunburst pattern with dark blue (almost black) chapter ring.  The indexes on this piece are monstrous and heavily coated in lume.  The sharp, shark tooth style indexes compliment the large hour and minute hand very well, and bring tremendous luminous aspects to the watch in the dark.

Seiko Blue Monster Superior Limited Edition SRP455

The stainless steel case measures out just slightly over 43mm and as with all mosters, has a great case side design that is shaped to match the sides of the bezel.  The attention to detail on such an inexpensive watch is really impressive.

Seiko Blue Monster Superior Limited Edition SRP455

The new Seiko Monster SRP455 Superior Limited Edition is set to retail at $495.  I have to say that you cannot beat the price for such a unique and quality limited edition.

Seiko Blue Monster Superior Limited Edition SRP455

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