The case used here is the classic 39mm Elegance case designed by Nobuhiro Kosugi. Many modern Grand Seiko references have harsh angles to really amplify the beauty of the Zaratsu polishing, but this design is softer, dressier, and leaves an entirely different impression than something like a 44GS derived case. While the impressive polishing might not be as immediately obvious from across a room, upon close inspection the finishing will certainly hold up, both on the case and dial. The hands are impossibly sharp, and each marker is faceted and brought to the same no-distortion shine as the Zaratsu polished elements on the case.
The Toge is powered by the 9S66 caliber, a GMT movement with an independently set hour hand for local time, and a date at 3:00. While this movement is not as high end as the high beat rate movements found in other recent Grand Seiko offerings, it’s still finished to the same standards, adjusted to tolerances of -3 to +5 seconds per day, and makes use of Grand Seiko’s MEMS technology to ensure the highest levels of efficiency and chronometry.
The Toge is essentially a more colorful take on the SBGM221, reviewed here, and like that watch it seems to capture much of what is appealing about Grand Seiko, but in a subtle and somewhat more conservative way. Here we have a GMT, perhaps the brand’s signature complication at this point, with a dial that is meant to stun (and with a poetic and fun backstory), and a case that wears well on any wrist.
The new Grand Seiko Toge is available exclusively through Watches of Switzerland and select Mayors locations, with a retail price of $5,200. Additionally, visiting the Grand Seiko USA, Grand Seiko UK, Watches of Switzerland, and Mayors social media hubs on Instagram and Facebook allows users to try the watch on through an augmented reality (AR) filter, a first for Grand Seiko. Grand Seiko