Grand Seiko launches Sōkō Frost Edition watches inspired by winter snowfall – Robb Report


In Japan, the four cardinal seasons are experienced in six phases. Each of them pays increased attention to specific moments of changing weather and environment. All in all, the phases are known as 24 sekki and you are a fan of the colder months – the latest offerings from Grand Seiko will channel the first days of winter on your wrists.

Dubbed Sōkō Frost, the two special edition watches are designed to celebrate late fall and the “first frost” of the winter season. The 40mm timepieces are made exclusively for American collectors and feature icy blue dials inspired by natural landscapes such as frozen bamboo trunks and clear blue skies. Both copies join Grand Seiko’s Heritage collection, as an extension of the brand’s US Special Edition Sōkō 2020 collection.

The first of the Sōkō Frost models, SBGA471, is presented in a high-intensity titanium case and features Grand Seiko’s 9R65 Spring Drive movement. This allows for an accuracy of +/- 15 seconds per month inside the iconic manufacturer 44GS case which was created 55 years ago. Inspired by the frozen bamboo trunks of the Japanese forest of Arashiyama, the piece features a vertically textured dial and a transparent case back. It’ll even give you a long 72-hour power reserve and mirror-polished surfaces shaped by watchmaker Zaratsu’s signature polishing technique.

The SBGA471 watch (left) with a titanium case and the model SBGH295 (right) with a 62GS case.

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The second reference, SBGH295, differs greatly with a stainless steel case and a 36,000 high-pulsation mechanical movement. Its higher oscillation rate of 10 beats per second also allows it to achieve greater precision than its all-around counterpart. while maintaining a 55-hour power reserve. The timepiece features a redesigned 62GS case, which debuted in 1967 as the watchmaker’s first automatic timepiece, and its dial is inspired by the clear blue sky over the early Sea of ​​Japan. winter months. Some collectors may even remember the Kirazuri blue dial on the model from the brand’s first limited-edition American collection, released in 2018. Click here for a detailed look at how Grand Seiko has evolved.

Sōkō Frost watches are priced at $ 6,000 and $ 6,900, respectively. You’ll find them both on Grand Seiko’s website and in-store at its stores across the United States.

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