Grand Seiko. Ten stories embracing the future. Vol.10 The 8 Day Power Reserve

8 days A new masterpiece from the Micro Artist Studio

High up in the hills of Nagano Prefecture is the facility where all Grand Seiko’s quartz and Spring Drive watches are designed, manufactured and assembled. Deep within this large facility is a small studio where, since 2004, an elite team of the company’s most skilled and talented watchmakers have been creating masterpiece watches based on the unique Spring Drive technology. Their creations include a Minute Repeater, a Spring Drive Sonnerie as well as the much lauded Eichi series. In English as well as Japanese, a sign on the wall quietly announces the Studio’s aim, namely “to create watches that are reliable to wear until grandchildren” and the “pride of Japanese”. The language may be awkward but the sincerity, strength and humanity of the ten-strong Micro Artist Studio team shine through it.

In 2016, twelve years after its establishment, the Micro Artist Studio made its first ever watch for Grand Seiko. It was worth the wait. It was a Spring Drive watch with a new caliber that offered a longer power reserve than any other Grand Seiko watch. This remarkable caliber is accurate to ten seconds a month and has a power reserve of 8 days.

8 days A new masterpiece from the Micro Artist Studio

High up in the hills of Nagano Prefecture is the facility where all Grand Seiko’s quartz and Spring Drive watches are designed, manufactured and assembled. Deep within this large facility is a small studio where, since 2004, an elite team of the company’s most skilled and talented watchmakers have been creating masterpiece watches based on the unique Spring Drive technology.

Their creations include a Minute Repeater, a Spring Drive Sonnerie as well as the much lauded Eichi series. In English as well as Japanese, a sign on the wall quietly announces the Studio’s aim, namely “to create watches that are reliable to wear until grandchildren” and the “pride of Japanese”. The language may be awkward but the sincerity, strength and humanity of the ten-strong Micro Artist Studio team shine through it.

In 2016, twelve years after its establishment, the Micro Artist Studio made its first ever watch for Grand Seiko. It was worth the wait. It was a Spring Drive watch with a new caliber that offered a longer power reserve than any other Grand Seiko watch. This remarkable caliber is accurate to ten seconds a month and has a power reserve of 8 days.

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The Spring Drive 8 Day Power Reserve. Caliber 9R01. SBDG201.

The power reserve indicator is visible through the sapphire case back.

Caliber 9R01 has three barrels, linked in sequence, which together deliver a power reserve of 192 hours.

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The bridge has a one–piece construction that enhances durability. It is shaped to depict the distinctive profile of Mt Fuji.


Photo: Aflo