Grand Seiko is hosting two exclusive events in October in conjunction with Hodinkee, the world’s largest online watch magazine that welcomes almost 2 million unique visitors to its site every month.
The events take place on October 14 in the Huth Gallery of the London Design Museum in Kensington and October 16 at The Lighthouse Gallery in Glasgow.
They build on growing momentum for the Grand Seiko brand within the UK following the opening of a flagship store in London in 2017 and pop-up installations with Watches of Switzerland this year (pictured top).
Hodinkee’s editor-in-chief Jack Forster will co-host the event, and share his encyclopedic knowledge of the brand’s watches, technology and history with watch enthusiasts and trade professionals.
Joining Mr Forster at the London event will be Akio Naito, Seiko Watch Corporation regional chairman and David Edwards, MD Seiko UK.
Mr Forster will be chairing an interview with Mr Nobuhiro Kosugi, designer of the first 9S Grand Seiko in 1998 and the first watch designer to receive the Contemporary Master Craftsman Award from Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in 2014.
Created for Grand Seiko stockists and their customers, Hodinkee devotees and watch fans in general, these exclusive events will showcase the latest Grand Seiko timepieces from the Sports, Elegance and Heritage collections alongside historical models from the Tokyo vaults.
Vintage timepieces on show will include the very first Grand Seiko, the 44GS and the 61GS VFA. There will also be an opportunity to see examples of Credor timepieces, the ultra-luxury brand within the Seiko group portfolio, which makes highly decorative and complicated pieces such as the Sonnerie, Minute repeater and the Eichi II.