Grand Seiko Unveils Limited Edition Women's Watch With Specially Designed Automatic Calibre 9S25
Japanese watch brand Grand Seiko has a strong reputation for quality, and in recent years, it has steadily built up a following for its functional and handsome timepieces. While the brand is better known for its watches for men, it also has a choice selection for women who want the best of both worlds when it comes to stylish and quality timepieces.
Just last year, Grand Seiko unveiled a limited edition women’s watch that housed the automatic calibre 9S25, which had been specially designed for it. This was a strong statement by the brand, emphasising the fact that it is out to make serious watches for women.
This year, a new automatic calibre 9S27 has been introduced within a series of five exquisite timepieces for women, all of which are permanent additions to the stable. The most prominent feature about the calibre 9S27 is how it packs high performance into its remarkable slimness. At just 19.4mm wide and 4.49mm thin, it fits beautifully into the elegant watches that flatter women’s wrists.
Performance-wise, it is just as outstanding. The calibre 9S27 boasts a power reserve of 50 hours and precision rate of +8/-3 seconds per day. Each movement is made, assembled and adjusted by hand at the brand’s Shizukuishi Watch Studio in Japan, where it is crafted with the same high level of craftsmanship applied to every other Grand Seiko mechanical watch. It is also put through a rigorous 17-day testing procedure.
The latest Spron 610 alloy, the watchmaker’s proprietary high-tech material, is used for the balance spring, pallet fork and escapement wheel. These components are made using microelectromechanical systems or MEMS engineering, which utilises microfabrication technologies to produce finely-made parts. This also makes crafting the escapement wheel in the shape of a five-petal flower possible.
In terms of aesthetics, this new series of women’s watches is designed for a variety of tastes. The 18K gold models with diamond-set bezels are for those who like a little sparkle on their wrists, while women who prefer a classic watch with everyday appeal will lean towards the stainless steel variations.
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Measuring 27.8mm wide, the cases of the steel versions are Zaratsu‑polished—an in-house technique that produces a mirrored finishing—to give them the understated shine that is the mark of a Grand Seiko timepiece. Choose between diamond-cut hour markers set against a weave-patterned champagne‑silver dial or baton hour markers on a mother-of-pearl dial. Either way, both are elegant examples of modern femininity that come equipped with a movement of superlative quality.
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