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INTRODUCING: A limited-edition Singapore-exclusive Grand Seiko SBGW315

The limited-edition Grand Seiko SBGW315, exclusive to The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.

The hand-wound model celebrates the first anniversary of its first boutique in the region at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.

When it comes to business, sometimes it feels like any Japanese organisation either moves extremely conservatively or at a breakneck speed. In Southeast Asia, Grand Seiko Asia-Pacific (GSAP) has its gears permanently stuck in overdrive. It’s been under two years since the watchmaker established the APAC office, after the Americas and Europe. Since then, the team has pushed forward with new boutiques across Southeast Asia, added a second store at Changi, and introduced its first limited edition watch for the region last year.

The Grand Seiko SBGW315 in Brilliant Hard Titanium case.
The Grand Seiko SBGW315 in Brilliant Hard Titanium.

Now, as the MBS store turns one, GSAP has surprised all of us with another limited-edition watch exclusive to the boutique. Keeping things classy as always, the 38mm SBGW315 is styled in its Elegance collection, which pays tribute to the OG Grand Seiko watch from 1960. The simple, graceful lines of the watch are joyous to behold, with a three-hand dial that is both utilitarian and genteel.

A closer look at the dial of the Grand Seiko SBGW315 reveals its texture and wintry blue hue.
A closer look at the dial of the Grand Seiko SBGW315 reveals its texture and wintry blue hue.

As with all Grand Seiko limited editions, the SBGW315 also has a special dial: in a light wintry blue with a beautifully brushed texture that captures the season’s presence in Iwate, where the Manufacture stands. In winter, the air in Iwate is clear and cold, giving rise to clear, vivid blue skies that are reflected in the calm lake waters. The seconds hand is treated in a darker blue to enhance this identity.

The Calibre 9S64, a manual-winding movement, is visible through the exhibition caseback of the Grand Seiko SBGW315.
The Calibre 9S64, a manual-winding movement, is visible through the exhibition caseback of the Grand Seiko SBGW315.

Flip the Brilliant Hard Titanium case over, and you can admire the carefully assembled Calibre 9S64, which was first introduced in 2011 and further improved upon to provide a 72-hour power reserve, so you can wind it on a Friday, leave it till Monday, and it keeps running. While it’s not a high-frequency movement, it still has a COSC-beating accuracy of +5/-3 seconds a day and a normal usage accuracy ranging between +10 and -1 seconds.

The foil-stamped Kyoto Leather strap is the result of a partnership between traditional craftsmen and tanneries in Japan.
The foil-stamped Kyoto Leather strap is the result of a partnership between traditional craftsmen and tanneries in Japan.

This watch also has a special strap produced by Kyoto Leather, with foil stamping to create a beautiful metallic sheen. This is a part of the Cool Japan project that combines Japanese traditional crafts with leather making between Kyoto Yuzen or Nishijin textile artisans with tanners from the Himeji district, known for its fine leathers.

The Grand Seiko SBGW315 is priced at S$12,800 and is limited to an auspicious 88 pieces. We’re guessing the lucky ‘8’ numbered pieces have all been allocated, but it doesn’t hurt to head down to the MBS boutique and see what you might get.

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Darren has been writing about, and admiring the craft of watchmaking for over a dozen years. He considers himself lucky to live in a golden age of horology, and firmly believes that the most difficult watches to design are the simplest and the most intriguing to discover.


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