Most brands enjoy celebrating anniversaries based around the centenary, but not Grand Seiko, and it actually makes sense. In watchmaking, the number 60 is significantly more important than 50, as it takes 60 seconds to make a minute, and 60 minutes to make an hour, as well as that in Japan the number 60 signifies the beginning of a new life cycle. As a result, the Grand Seiko 60th Anniversary is being celebrated with the release of a number of new limited editions. The brand has released four new references, and all are offered with stunning blue dials, the signature tone of Grand Seiko. Heritage Collection Hi-Beat 36000 LE SBGH281 The hi-beat 36,000 automatic offers us a steel case that references an original Grand Seiko design from way back in 1967. It was seven years after Grand Seiko had been launched, and the watch manufacturer had employed designer Taro Tanaka to develop an aesthetic philosophy that would help Grand Seiko stand out from its competitors. He did so with The Grammar of Design, based on a series of rules he had developed over prior years, which made its design debut in the 44GS case shape, and lives on in this…

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