Editor's note: There's something in the air at Grand Seiko. The brand is busting out new designs left, right and centre. It's an exciting time to be a fan of Japan's premier watchmaker. Case in point, the Grand Seiko Spring Drive SBGY003 … * Grand Seiko has just announced its latest releases at Basel 2019 and, boy, does the Spring Drive that unique trifecta of electronic, kinetic and magnetic energy feature strongly. But not just the Spring Drives you know and love, with that arching power reserve at eight. No, in honour of the movement's 20th anniversary, there are new manually wound versions, including this super-slender, refined and dressy option. Shown here in steel, it's known as SBGY003 This is a Grand Seiko like you've never seen before. First, the case is so well-sized *38.5mm across by 10.2mm thick is elegant, restrained proportion. With a simple case, with swooping lugs, a grippy crown (important for manual winding) and a black alligator strap, it's a refined piece. It's interesting to note that this is one of the few GS models where the lugs aren't drilled.* Of course, the dial is impressive, too: a radial starburst-like guillochage, reminiscent of the…

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