Grand Seiko is giving visitors to WATCHPRO Salon a rare opportunity to see several of its Masterpiece watches in one place including the diamond and garnet-adorned Mishaka watch, the Kintaro Hattori and Annual Rings.
Masterpiece watches are the highest form of horological art and engineering from the Japanese watchmaker.
The Mishaka, for example, is a 15-piece limited edition watch, powered by the 9R01 Spring Drive, and decorated with green garnet, mother of pearl and diamonds in a platinum case.
Its design is inspired by the “Mishaka” pond in Japan, which reflects the changing nature of time and its seasons like a mirror.
The pond is a stone’s throw from the Micro Artist studio – Seiko Watch Corporation’s elite artisan studio in which each watch has been crafted by hand. It is priced at £176,120.
There are just fifty pieces of this limited-edition platinum watch being created to mark the 160th birthday of Kintaro Hattori, founder of the Seiko Watch Corporation back in 1881.
Its design, recreating the very first Grand Seiko, is inspired by Mr Hattori’s vision for the brand to remain ‘always one step ahead of the rest’ and his determination to create the most precise timepiece humanly possible.
Accuracy is dictated by its automatic 9R02 Spring Drive movement to -1/+1 seconds per day.
Grand Seiko is a master of perfection for seemingly simple-looking watches, and the Kintaro Hattori is a classic example with its classic circular style, impeccably decorated white dial and crisp 14ct white gold indices and hour and minute hands.
It is on sale for £95,740.
A third Masterpiece on show at WATCHPRO Salon is the Annual Rings, an 18ct rose gold 40mm watch with brown dial decorated with a pattern borrowed from the rings inside a tree that can be counted to know its age.
Only 140 pieces of the limited-edition Spring Drive are available globally, priced at £45,160.
Along with the Masterpieces, which will be the star attractions to Grand Seiko’s Zen Garden-styled space at Salon, the company is also presenting its core collection watches including the Omiwatari (£7,770), a 39mm steel watch powered by the 9R31 Spring Drive movement and decorated like the frozen surface of Japan’s Lake Suwa, and White Birch, a 40mm steel calibre 9SA5-powered piece with a dial modelled on the bark of a silver birch selling for £8,500.
Grand Seiko is one of the star brands at this year’s WATCHPRO Salon, a showcase of prestige watchmakers and a chance for brands, retailers and press to meet collectors and enthusiasts in 5-star luxury.
The two-day event takes place from November 12 to 13 at The Londoner, a brand new 5-star hotel on London’s Leicester Square.
Other confirmed exhibitors include:
ALLEMANO | BALL WATCH | BA1110D | BIANCHET | BONHAMS | BRITISH HOROLOGICAL INSTITUTE | CHARLES GIRARDIER | CHRISTOPHER WARD | CYRUS | CZAPEK | DELMA | DOXA | DUCKWORTH PRESTEX | ENCELADE | GRAHAM | GRAND SEIKO | IKEPOD | JUNGHANS | LAURENT FERRIER | MARATHON | MAURICE LACROIX | MECCHANICHE VELOCI | MICHEL HERBELIN | ORIS | PARMIGIANI FLEURIER | PEQUIGNET | PERRELET | QLOCKTWO | SCATOLA DEL TEMPO | SCHOFIELD | SIDEREUS | SINN | SPEAKE-MARIN | SWISS CAPSULE | SWISS KUBIK | THE SPLINED HUB | U-BOAT | VICTORINOX | VOUTILAINEN | WOLF | WILLIAM WOOD WATCHES | ZEITWINKEL