Representing the future of Grand Seiko, the timekeeper’s new Evolution 9 Spring Drive Collection watches have branched out into sports. Here’s what we know.
From the beginnings of Grand Seiko’s Evolution 9 collection – one of the earliest timepieces being the Hi-Beat 26000 80 Hours, which watch enthusiasts may recognize as the winner of the men’s watch award at the Grand Prix of Geneva Watchmaking 2021 – the line has been seen as a symbol of the future of the timekeeper.
Marking a bold new step for Grand Seiko, the brand recently unveiled five new iterations of the Evolution 9 watches. Most exciting is the expansion into sports, as all five models come in the form of Spring Drive sports watches – two with a GMT caliber, two GMT chronographs and finally a 200m diver’s watch.
Design-wise, the new watches feature wider lugs and sturdy straps, a nod to the brands’ evolution towards the strong and the sporty. The cases and straps have been specially created with a low center of gravity, allowing each watch to rest comfortably and securely against the wrist. Keen eyes will notice that a new font has been developed just for the collection, resulting in numerals that read with startling clarity, while the watch hands have been given a bolder design that stands out from the rest of the dial. .
True to Grand Seiko, technology and innovation continue to play a key role in the design of every watch. High-intensity titanium is used on the cases and bracelets, making it 30% lighter, yet shinier than stainless steel. Lumibrite sits on the hands and indexes, glowing in the dark as night falls. As an added feature, the crown guard has also been specially created so that it does not get caught in the sleeves during sport – a detailed feature that avid athletes will no doubt appreciate.
Of course, many of Grand Seiko’s signature features are still present, including the quiet, non-ticking second hand movement on both Spring Drives. Inspired by nature, one of the two Spring Drive GMT watches features a light gray dial, on which an intricate texture has been placed, reminiscent of the winter morning mists of Shinshu.
The two chronographs, meanwhile, put performance first. One features a blue dial, while the other is black, and both have been specially tuned to achieve improved accuracy rates of 10 and 15 seconds per month respectively. In addition to a rotating bezel, the timepieces also offer the possibility of displaying a third time zone.
The latest iteration of this new range is a 200m diver’s watch, featuring a deep black dial and a richly textured surface that draws inspiration from the mighty Kuroshio Current, more commonly known as the Black Stream. Inside, the watch beats in Spring Drive caliber 9RA5 and features an accuracy rate of 10 seconds per month, as well as a 5-day power reserve.
To learn more about Grand Seiko’s Evolution 9 collection, visit grand-seiko.com.
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