In its quest for precision, Grand Seiko timepieces, which first debuted in 1960, has aspired to achieve the highest level possible, through movement engineering, high frequency calibers and a mammoth 34-day testing programme.
This year, the Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 VFA – which stands for Very Fine Adjusted – debuts to great fanfare, a recall of the first V.F.A from 1969. In the current version, a 950 platinum case of 39.5mm is finished in zaratsu polishing. It also features a dial incorporating a special mark made by Daini Seikosha — the company now known as Seiko Instruments Inc – which developed the first Grand Seiko hi-beat in 1968.
Inside, you find its superlative calibre offering an accuracy of +3 to -1 seconds per day. Only 20 pieces are available in this tribute series, with each piece priced at €53,500 (S$87,000).
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