Grand Seiko, it seems, never fails to impress. Since 1960, the Japanese firm has been producing truly world-class movements, cases, and dials at a fraction of the cost of their competitors. Grand Seiko’s current line is chock full of some of the greatest bang-for-the-buck value in Haute Horlogerie. One of the best examples of this is the SBJG005 GMT, an elegant GMT throwback to the classic Grand Seiko 44GS. With its Taro Tanaka-inspired case and gorgeous 36000 bph movement, the SBJG005 would be hard to improve upon. With the new Hi-Beat 36000 GMT Limited Edition, however, Seiko has done just that, adding some striking new touches to a modern classic.
The 40mm case, markers and handset are the same as the base SBJG005, with blade-polished (Zaratsu), distortion-free surfaces and razor-sharp edges all around. It’s a stunning design, and one that won the coveted “Petite Aiguille” award two years ago at the Grand Prix d’Horologerie in Geneva.