A new manual-winding calibre and four more pieces in the most sought-after Elegance collection, Grand Seiko seems to have clinched their pre-Baselworld release. The first manually winding movement for the brand in eight years, the new Calibre 9S63, specced to an accuracy rating of +5 and -3 seconds per day, beats at 28,880 vph and features a 72-hour power reserve. The slimmed down 39mm case – available in a variety of rose gold, yellow gold and stainless steel options – features the small seconds at the 9 o'clock position and the power reserve indicator at the 3 o'clock position.
The dials are covered in sapphire crystal domed-like structures and feature an elongated minute hand. Two of the models feature the urushi laquer, and one of the models also features an amber tint inspired by Mt. Iwate. The black dial model also features the same lacquer technique albeit mixed with iron to give it a unique, blacked-out appearance. The numerals, hour indexes and the logo of the brand are designed using countless layers of lacquer finishing it with wither 24k gold or platinum on top in a process known as maki-e.
Two of the models will be available in a special series edition limited to 150 total pieces and will be priced at $29,000 or Rs. 20.06 lakh (approx.). These would be the two 18k rose gold cases. The stainless-steel with a blue dial inspired by Mt. Iwate is limited to 1500 pieces and will be price at $7400 or Rs. 5.2 lakh (approx.). The fourth and final piece in 18k yellow gold will be launched as an unlimited release in July and will be priced at $19000 or Rs. 13.5 lakhs (approx.).