Grand Seiko has made a new addition to its Elegance Collection featuring a slim new case and an all-new caliber. The slimmer case houses their brand-new, manually-wound Caliber 9S63, which is the first new manually-wound movement in a Grand Seiko in eight years and has a power reserve of 72 hours. Sitting atop the movement is a stunning dial that is crafted at the Shizukuishi Watch Studio using Zaratsu methods and Urushi lacquer that is sourced from trees in Joboji, Japan. Another detail is the Maki-e technique used to create the "GS" logo and hour markers, which uses layers of lacquer and is then covered in 24k gold or platinum powder and is hand-polished to achieve a glimmering finish.
Three limited editions will be available with two 18k rose gold cases in a limited run of 150 pieces each and a stainless steel model with a blue Mt. Iwate dial pattern that will be limited to 1500 pieces. A fourth edition in 18k yellow gold will be added to the permanent line in July.