It was at the Couture show in Las Vegas last year that Grand Seiko announced their trio of US exclusives inspired by the greens and blues of the Genbi valley, housed in their perfect 37.3mm case. While the brand has had no shortage of releases so far this year, for those who were waiting, or hoping, for another round of US exclusives, you’re in luck. For this year’s Couture, Grand Seiko is bringing out a total of four models – two 9S63 manually-wound pieces from their Elegance collection, and two hi-beat GMTs in 44GS cases from the Heritage line.
It’s been a minute since we’ve seen Grand Seiko return to their particularly stylish 39mm case / 9S63 combo, so it’s great to see its return with not one, but two exciting dial options. For a refresher, this case features rounded Zaratsu polished surfaces, which takes this already special expertise and pushes its difficulty even further. The 9S63 is then easily identifiable by its seconds sub-dial at nine, and power at three. A bit of an odd layout, it gives these watches an inherently whimsical charm that sets them apart from other Grand Seikos.
The SBGK015 “Ryūsendō” is nothing short of breathtaking. Drawing from nature, as Grand Seiko is known to do, this vivid aqua dial is inspired by the underground lakes of the Ryūsendō. A limestone cavern located in the Iwate Prefecture, its swirling waters are translated into a complicated geometric pattern that is reminiscent of the “whirlpool” dials from 2018 that replaces the logos/symbols for additional line work.