Grand Seiko kicked off 2022 with a torrent of new releases before taking a breather over the last two months. Clearly, they were saving their breath for the sprint that is their Watches & Wonders 2022 releases. We aren’t looking at just some new dials and LEs, rather whole new watches with new cases. To kick things off, we’re going to look at a trio of sports watches based on the Grand Seiko Evolution 9 Collection.
Introduced with the 9SA5 caliber in 2020, but rebranded in 2022, the Evolution 9 Series is Grand Seiko’s new flagship line of luxury watches, with prices currently averaging around $9k. Unlike their “Heritage” and “Elegance” collections, which feature varying case designs, the Evolution 9s are based around a single DNA that draws from the grammar of design and historical models but focused into a new modern concept that shows of the best of their aesthetic. As I said in my review of the SLGH005 “White Birch” – it’s Grand Seiko turned up to 11.