I won’t sugarcoat this – if you like Grand Seiko watches, and you weren’t at the Weylin in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, last Friday, you missed out. The high-end Japanese watchmaker hosted its second annual GS9 Club Collectors’ Summit that day, and it turned out to be an unbelievable day of Grand Seiko-focused programming, with more than 500 Grand Seiko lovers in attendance.
For almost 12 hours, from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., there were a multitude of panel discussions (featuring many familiar faces), interactive watchmaking demonstrations, and collector conversations to attend. Pretty much the entire current Grand Seiko catalog was present and accounted for. There were even some incredibly rare vintage Grand Seiko examples on display.
I was fortunate enough to attend the entire event, along with my main man Mark Kauzlarich, who very graciously – and incredibly skillfully – focused his camera lens on the attending guests. There was a lot to see – so go ahead and scroll to your heart’s content.
Oh, and I almost forgot to mention – Grand Seiko actually released a new watch to commemorate the occasion. The new Grand Seiko Elegance SBGY023 (pictured above) is yet another new watch in the Elegance collection to feature the drool-worthy manual-wind Spring Drive caliber 9R31. The unique dial texture of the SBGY023 is inspired by the exterior of the Matsumoto Castle from Japan’s Nagano Prefecture. It’s a limited edition of exactly 299 pieces, exclusive to GS9 Club USA members, and is priced at $8,500.