Grand Seiko has just announced the Soko Special Edition Heritage Collection, a pair of watches that are based on the slanting light of autumn. Pretty deep, huh?
The watches run a Spring Drive movement and come in a 39mm stainless case. They’re riced at $5,000, however, so you’d better really love autumn or love the design. That said, Seiko is really selling it in their marketing material:
The new timepieces celebrate s?k?, the end of Autumn, when the first frost embraces the forest. The green accent colors featured on the seconds hand and power reserve indicator epitomize the life of the Arashiyama2 bamboo forest in Kyoto in its peak season at the end of Autumn. The vertical texture of the dials reflects the majestic stalks of the bamboo. Together, the 39.0mm timepieces pay tribute to this moment in nature, when its green hues are dramatically enlivened in the contrasting expression of “light” – silver dial of SBGA427 and “shadow” gray dial of SBGA429. These remarkable timepieces display the deeply satisfying beauty created by the highest level of Japanese craftsmanship unique to Grand Seiko.
Personally I love the green and orange on the darker SBGA429 and, although you can’t quite hear the rustling of the bamboo in these watches, the color and design is aimed at making you feel the magic of shorter days and longer nights.
The new timepieces celebrate s?k?, the end of Autumn, when the first frost embraces the forest. The green accent colors featured on the seconds hand and power reserve indicator epitomize the life of the Arashiyama bamboo forest in Kyoto in its peak season at the end of Autumn. Arashiyama’s bamboo forest in Kyoto, Japan is globally acclaimed for its majestic bamboo stalks and the mesmerizing slashes of light as sun filters through the densely packed grove. The stroll through Arashiyama has been described as dreamlike for the soothing sound of the rustling bamboo Arashiyama is one of the many beautiful bamboo forests in Kyoto, and they have been selected as one of the “100 Soundscapes of Japan” by the Japanese Ministry of Environment.
And in a world of insanity, isn’t it nice to remember the seasons?
The watches are available now.