To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their famous 9S caliber, it is only fitting that Grand Seiko introduce a ‘Special’ Limited Edition of a watch that is a cornerstone of the brand – the GMT.
The idea of another GMT from Grand Seiko may beg the question, ‘what is so celebratory about a GMT’, and in the case of the Blue Ceramic Hi-Beat GMT ‘Special’ Limited Edition, the right answer would be, a lot!
At first glance, the 46.4mm Grand Seiko Blue Ceramic Hi-Beat GMT ‘Special’ Limited Edition comes across as a rather large, imposing watch, rising almost 15mm of the wrist as well, and with a price-tag to match.
When it becomes available at Grand Seiko boutiques and retailers later this month, the 350-piece limited edition Blue Ceramic Hi-Beat GMT ‘Special’ Limited Edition will cost approximately USD 15,000, which is definitely on the higher side for a Grand Seiko GMT.
Grand Seiko leaves us with no doubt as to the significance of the Blue Ceramic Hi-Beat GMT ‘Special’ Limited Edition, and the blue ceramic dial is stamped with the ‘GS 9S’ monogram all-over, and the watch is powered by a modified 9S caliber which has been updated to achieve Grand Seiko’s ‘Special’ level of accuracy.
Another special dimension to the Grand Seiko Blue Ceramic Hi-Beat GMT ‘Special’ Limited Edition, and indeed, a prominent factor in the name of the watch is the special blue zirconia ceramic used on the centre links of the titanium bracelet.
Blue Zirconia Ceramic is seven times harder than steel, and completely scratch resistant which makes the Grand Seiko Blue Ceramic Hi-Beat GMT ‘Special’ Limited Edition a watch that can withstand more than a few hard knocks.
Continuing with the blue theme, the titanium of the case has been treated with a special anodic oxidation process that gives it a blue appearance, and the hands and applied indexes are also blued-steel.
A first look at this watch in the metal left us with mixed feelings, but after a while on the wrist, the lightweight and sturdy timepiece started to convince us of its value.
HOT Verdict: A sporty and imminently wearable watch that sits at the cutting edge of innovation