Every Grand Seiko watch has its roots deep in the environment and culture of Japan. Some embody the Japanese love of nature and others reflect aspects of art and design that are unique to Japan but all, without exception, are expressions of the heritage and traditions that created them. These two watches, for example, are inspired by the interplay of light and shadow that is an essential characteristic of traditional Japanese architecture.
Central to this aesthetic is the shōji, a moveable paper screen which is placed where it can diffuse light to maximum artistic effect. The shōji is made by covering a wooden lattice with a traditional Japanese paper called washi and is used for windows, doors and even exterior walls. Natural light coming in from under the eaves is captured by the shōji to create a stable and beautiful surface light which diffuses gently and widely into each room, brightening all of it and yet allowing the shaded areas to retain a special mystery and charm.
Both versions of this Grand Seiko watch from the Elegance Collection, SBGW267 and SBGW269, take their inspiration from these elements of Japanese architecture. SBGW267 evokes the image of Asakage, the dazzling morning sunlight that is absorbed by the shōji and softly illuminates the entire room. SBGW269 is designed in the image of Yukage, the faint orange light of dusk that the shōji absorbs, filling the room with warmth.
Both watches feature a curved dial bestowed with a special washi pattern with its uniquely graceful, fiber-rich texture. The delicate reflected light creates a pale gradation, achieving a gentle harmony with the classical form of the highly polished case with its box-shaped sapphire crystal. The hour and minute hands are gently curved to follow the contours of the dial, ensuring high legibility.
Both versions are powered by Caliber 9S64, a manual winding mechanical movement that offers a stable and high level of precision and a power reserve of three days when fully wound. It has a beautiful appearance with a sense of unity unique to manual winding movements.
These watches are also sold outside the following European countries.
(Israel, Turkey, and South Africa)