Introducing the Tōgè Special Edition, a timepiece to celebrate the combined legacies of Grand Seiko and the Watches of Switzerland Group. This special edition timepiece reimagines Grand Seiko’s infamous textured Mt. Iwate dial in British Racing Green to honor Watches of Switzerland’s English roots. The term Tōgè, or mountain pass, “refers to a navigable route through a mountain range,” inspired by a spirited drive through the mountains of Shizukuishi, Grand Seiko’s home base in Northern Japan
Acclaimed Grand Seiko Chief Designer, Nobuhiro Kosugi, designed the exterior case (he’s already celebrated for the 44GS’s original case design). The profile of the case takes its shape from a crescent moon, incorporating the Zaratsu polished curved lugs. Gold details add a warm contrasting touch, with a brown crocodile leather strap and fine green stitching to match the dial. With the Tōgè, Grand Seiko’s refined minimalist aesthetic meets bold English style.
The Caliber 9S66, which powers the Tōgè, is tested to the stringent Grand Seiko Standard of -3 to +5 seconds per day in static conditions, six positions (etc.). It features a MEMS escapement, and a 72-hour power reserve.
For the smashing online release, a Japanese love of high-tech technology, some proper British humor, and a dash of American spirit were combined for a Zoom meeting with social distancing and some virtual reality fun. With a little Instagram magic, viewed through your mobile device, the special edition can be tried on and inspected from various angles, all within the @grandseikousa @grandseikouk @watchesofswitzerland_official or @mayorsjewelers profile pages. Perhaps we’ll never venture out into the real world again!
The Tōgè Special Edition: SBGM241 will be available for purchase at Watches of Switzerland boutiques and select Mayors locations in July 2020.
Automatic Caliber 9S66, hours, minutes, seconds, GMT and date, power reserve of 72 hours
Zaratsu-polished stainless steel, 39.5mm in diameter, 13.7mm thick, with screw down see-through caseback
Brown crcodile leather with green stitching, three-fold clasp