SNOWFLAKE - GRAND SEIKO'S MOST WANTED WATCH
A Spring Drive model with a high-intensity titanium case that achieves a true lightweight feel
SNEEUWVLOK - GRAND SEIKO'S MEEST GEWILDE HORLOGE
Een Spring Drive model met een hoge intensiteit titanium behuizing die een echt lichtgewicht gevoel geeft.
Grand Seiko is a perfectionist and wants to try to surpass itself and others in endless ways. With SBGA11, also known as 'Snowflake', as the ultimate example - this model is without a doubt the most wanted watch from the entire Grand Seiko collection!
In the first place, the model owes its popularity (and also its name) to the intriguing dial. Snow-white and with its uneven texture of atomised snow, this dial, known as 'Snowflake', is a direct reference to the wintry aesthetics of the Japanese Shinshu highlands. Even the power reserve indicator, which is often seen as a thorn in the eye, looks very nice on the snowy dial of this Grand Seiko model. Furthermore, the weight - or rather the lack of weight - of the watch also refers to the name. With a titanium case and strap, the SBGA11 is almost as light as a snowflake.
The watch has a 41mm case and hands that are finished to perfection. In this process, the Grand Seiko watchmakers used the so-called Zaratsu polishing technique. This labour-intensive method is technically very complex, but the result is there: a sparkling and reflective finish that goes with an intriguing interplay of light and shadow. This makes the Snowflake a reflection of traditional Japanese craftsmanship and beauty.
This craft and beauty also applies to the Spring Drive Caliber, a movement that symbolizes the natural flow of time. The development of this mechanism took up to 28 years, and is all about precision and the smooth sliding movement of the hand. Instead of traditional mechanics, Spring Drive uses a standard main spring in combination with a Try-synchro regulator. This goes along with exceptional accuracy and an incomparable accuracy of only 1 second per day. The watch has a power reserve of 72 hours, with an indicator of the number of hours the watch still runs at 8 o'clock.
"Automatic spring drive 3-day"
Our company unveiled Spring Drive in 1999, but the lack of a sufficiently effective automatic winding mechanism and a power reserve of 72 hours prevents its acceptance in the Grand Seiko line. After another four years of development, the first Grand Seiko 9R Spring Drive was made.
The winding system and driving time were improved from the existing 48-hour manual winding system to an automatic 72-hour power reserve. The automatic winding mechanism uses Seiko's original Magic Lever mechanism, developed in 1959, but with improved productivity, maintainability and durability to improve winding efficiency.