"One of the strongest themes in Grand Seiko’s Basel 2019 showing was the pivot to dressy, slightly thinner pieces. We saw two new movements (both mechanical and Spring Drive) cased in a range of (typically gorgeous) new models. And while Grand Seiko’s design hallmarks are there — namely in the exceptional dials and the quality of finish — there were a few elements that set a significant new tone for the brand, particularly the thinner, more ergonomic case profiles, and manually wound movements. It’s a strong start, and it’s also just that — a start. We’re going to see lots more of these watches in the future … Grand Seiko SBGK002 Gold case, red urushi lacquer dial with a stunning Mt. Iwate finish. What’s not to like? Grand Seiko SBGK005 Well, if gold is a little rich for your blood, keep things more sedate with steel. Still stunning with a blue Mt. Iwate dial. Grand Seiko SBGY002 The snowflake has never looked so stunning, thanks to the thinner, smaller case in yellow gold. Grand Seiko SBGY003 Steel case, radial guilloché dial and slender profile. Only possible complaint — limited issue."
For the most part I have not been able to make sense of higher-end watch pricing...it has no basis beyond what appears to be 'Veblen' principles around perception of luxury. Seiko/GS had been the exception to this, but no longer apparently.
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