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Grand Seiko SLGH007 140th Anniversary Limited-Edition Watch In Platinum

When Grand Seiko released the new Caliber 9SA5 Hi-Beat movement last year, the brand debuted it in the sunburst dial yellow gold SLGH002 and followed up with a steel “birch” textured dial model a few weeks back. Now, we see a high-end iteration that shows off what Grand Seiko does best on both the dial and movement sides. The newly released Grand Seiko SLGH007 Seiko 140th Anniversary Limited Edition is a 140-piece platinum watch that shows off a new “tree ring” textured dial on the front and the Caliber 9SA5 Hi-Beat on the back.
The SLGH007 is done in a platinum case that measures 40mm-wide and 11.7mm-thick, what Grand Seiko has dubbed the “Series 9” case, which is a spin on the classic 44GS. Characterized by those large hands and prominent hour markers, the Series 9 is going to be a big part of what the future of Grand Seiko looks like in the coming years. I’ve somehow yet to wear a Series 9 piece, but I’ve heard fairly universally good things about how it wears. Of course, the SLGH0..

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Watch Review: IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Tribute To 3705”

The original IWC Fliegerchronograph Keramik Ref. 3705 performed like a true stealthy pilot’s watch: it flew right under the radar of watch enthusiasts the world over. After a few years of just a 1,000 examples navigating the IWC catalogues, the 3705 disappeared on the horizons, only to now re-appear in the form of the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Tribute To 3705.” And that’s the watch we have in for review for you today.
What Was The IWC Reference 3705? The IWC Reference 3705 was IWC’s first Pilot’s Watch in black zirconium oxide ceramic. That novel and early use of black ceramic, and the fact that it has gone under without anyone really recognizing it for what it was, render it quite a fascinating watch. Its stainless steel equivalent, the IWC Ref. 3706 (to which our Bilal Khan addressed a beautiful obituary here) and its subsequent iterations have carried on the compact pilot’s watch theme, but there had not been a true continuation of the black Fliegerchronograph until ju..

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Seiko Unveils Prospex SLA049 And SLA051 Dive Watches Commemorating Naomi Uemura

The 1970 Seiko 6105 is one of the most enduring and revered references in the brand’s long history. The wide, rounded cushion case and classic Seiko diver dial have become icons among enthusiasts, with Seiko releasing both faithful recreations and stylish modern reinterpretations in the past few years. As part of its 2021 novelties, Seiko aims to bridge the gap between these two approaches, bringing together the original proportions and design of the 1970 original with a dramatic new textured dial treatment and a thoroughly modern movement. While the 6105 line may be best remembered in the West on the wrist of Charlie Sheen’s Captain Willard in the seminal war film “Apocalypse Now,” Japanese enthusiasts associate the watch with famed Japanese adventurer Naomi Uemura, who used the 6105 on a solo dog sledding expedition from Greenland to Alaska between 1974 and 1976. Both the limited-edition Seiko Prospex SLA049 and Seiko Prospex SLA051 aim to commemorate the adventurer’s life on his 80t..

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Seiko Brings Back The Laurel With Four New Alpinist Watches

I’ll be honest. Given the importance of the original Seiko “Laurel” Alpinist from 1959 and its position as the brand’s first truly purpose-built sports watch (pre-dating even the Seiko’s now legendary collection of dive watches), you’d think that Seiko would have revisited it already. But aside from the long-running SARB017 Alpinist (which was more recently updated to the SPB121 with an upgraded movement and sapphire crystal) with its distinctive twin-crown design and inner rotating compass bezel, Seiko seemed content to rest on its *ahem* Laurels – that is until now. As the brand gets its 140th anniversary celebrations under way, 2021 is clearly shaping up to be quite an exciting year for Seiko fans – particularly with the announcement of the new Prospex Alpinist SJE085 limited edition – a faithful re-creation of Seiko’s very first sports watch, which is joined by a trio of Prospex-badged standard editions that expand the Alpinist collection accordingly.
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Seiko Presage Sharp-Edged GMT Watches

2021 is a big year for Japan’s Seiko given that it is the 140th anniversary of the major watchmaker. The color theme of the year is horizon blues, meant to mimic the tones of the sky as they meet the ocean or another large body of water. In one of the five versions of this new Seiko Presage Sharp-Edged GMT watch (the reference SPB223), you can see these color tones, which will be reflected on a number of other limited- and non-limited-edition Seiko products this year.
As one of many Seiko 2021 watches launched today, GMT fans will no doubt be excited by this “Grand Presage,” which takes inspiration both from some of the sportier Grand Seiko GMT watches and the older Seiko Ananta collection. The watches are known as the Seiko Presage Sharp-Edged GMT models, and at the outset of 2021, they are being debuted in five different color styles.
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Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph GMT 140th Anniversary SBGC240 Watch

The Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph GMT 140th Anniversary SBGC240 debuts as the latest rendition of Grand Seiko’s mighty impressive Spring Drive Chronograph GMT. Having owned the predecessor of this watch, I have written an extensive review, a long-term review, and a comprehensive look at the amazing history and functionality of Spring Drive. Together, they are longer than two dozen news articles, so I invite you to read those, as I shall refrain from lifting too many bits and pieces. Long story short, there are many ways one could argue that the Spring Drive Chronograph is the most accomplished, most impressive technological creation in (quasi-)mechanical watchmaking.
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Available at Grand Seiko boutiques and select Grand Seiko retailers worldwide from July 2021, the Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph GMT 140th Anniversary SBGC240 is, as its name implies, done in celebration of Kintaro Hattori’s 1881 founding of his company, which he led until his deat..

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Grand Seiko Announces GMT Seasons Watch Collection

The natural beauty of Japan has been at the heart of Grand Seiko’s design inspiration for the past several years, with models inspired by everything from snowdrifts to tree bark to the delicate tones and textures of cherry blossoms. One of the standout examples of this philosophy is the 2019 Seasons collection, a series of four North American exclusive designs aimed at highlighting the unique seasonal feel of Japan at different times of the year. Grand Seiko has returned to this concept for 2021 with the GMT Seasons collection, which breaks down the year further into the traditional Japanese concept of sekki. Sekki, or seasonal phases, are the 24 distinct phases of the Japanese natural year, with six each for spring, summer, fall, and winter. The new Grand Seiko GMT Seasons series includes the Grand Seiko SBGJ251 Shunbun, Grand Seiko SBGJ249 Shōsho, Grand Seiko SBGE271 Kanro, and Grand Seiko SBGE269 Tōji, showcasing the brand’s naturalistic design ethos with both Spring Drive and Hi-Be..

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Accomplished California Designer Jason Wilbur Launches New Watch Brand

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Jason Wilbur is a name known among the wristwatch collector intelligentsia, but until recently, he’s never had his name on a watch. 2020 saw the launch of WILBUR, the most important step in the watch design career of Mr. Wilbur, who is a graduate of the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where other contemporary watch designers have also studied. Like a number of wristwatch designers before him, Jason Wilbur intended to specialize in automotive design — which he did, and that resulted in a decade-long career leading Honda’s Advanced Design department, a “Skunkworks-style” arm of Honda’s Research & Development department.
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Breitling Debuts Limited-Edition Top Time Deus

Australian lifestyle brand Deus ex Machina has carved out a loyal global following since 2006, offering enthusiasts a laid-back hand-drawn aesthetic and a rose-tinted vintage attitude for everything from surfboards to motorcycles, fashion, classic Porsches, and even coffee. As its first major release of 2021, Breitling offers Deus ex Machina its first foray into the world of timepieces, translating the café racer-inspired Deus aesthetic into a playful and distinctive limited-edition model. The new limited-edition Breitling Top Time Deus shows off the versatility of the relatively new revived Top Time line, offering a relaxed and youthful feel rarely found in this market segment.
The 41mm stainless steel case of the Breitling Top Time Deus follows the same pattern as previous Top Time releases, with an elemental design that feels true to the line’s ‘60s roots. Narrow tapering lugs, an even narrower polished bezel, and a simple cylindrical mid-case are a classic midcentury sports watch ..

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Omega Unveils Seamaster Diver 300M America’s Cup Chronograph

March 6 to March 21, 2021 marks the 36th running of the prestigious America’s Cup yacht race, set to be hosted in the waters around Auckland, New Zealand. Since 1851, the race has stood as the pinnacle of the sport, with challengers from around the world fighting for years for a chance to qualify. While the event itself is one of the oldest continuously run international sporting events, Omega has a long America’s cup history of its own, with a legacy of limited edition Seamaster and Speedmaster models produced for both competing teams and the event itself since 1995. As the new event draws near, the brand has produced a special variant of its Seamaster Diver 300M Chronograph to celebrate (although this is the second model the brand has produced to commemorate the 36th America’s Cup). More than just celebrating the prestigious race, the special edition Omega Seamaster Diver 300M America’s Cup Chronograph introduces several unique features to the Seamaster line that may point the way fo..