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Grand Seiko Launch ‘Sakura-Wakaba’ and ‘Sakura-Kakushi’ Hi-Beat Collection

Grand Seiko Heritage Collection Hi-Beat Sakura Wakaba SBGH343G Kakushi SBGH341G

Normally we talk about Seiko having a packed release schedule but so far it’s Grand Seiko who are launching an avalanche of watches in February. So far we’ve had the 37mm Snowflake, Diamond Snowflake, Morning Glow of Hotaka Peaks and Pink Snowflake. Now, joining that line up are the Sakura-Wakaba SBGH343G and Sakura-Kakushi SBGH341G hi-beat watches.

Grand Seiko Heritage Collection Hi-Beat Sakura Wakaba SBGH343G

The Sakura pair are the same watch with dials in either green or pink. The theme of these two watches is early spring with Sakura-Wakaba translating to cherry blossom and young leaves and Sakura-Kakushi meaning hiding cherry blossoms – a reference to late winter snows covering blossoms. This isn’t the first time Grand Seiko have used the Sakura-Kakushi concept with a 44GS model in 2022.

Grand Seiko Heritage Collection Hi-Beat Sakura Kakushi SBGH341G

However, the new watches aren’t 44GS models, falling in as part of the 62GS family instead. Which you can tell because of the broad surfaces of the 38mm titanium case, with sweeps of brushed metal running directly from lug-to-lug on either side of the dial and a kind of bezelless design. It gives the watches a strong, bold aesthetic that contrasts with the delicate decoration of the dials.

Grand Seiko Heritage Collection Hi-Beat Sakura Wakaba SBGH343G
Grand Seiko Heritage Collection Hi-Beat Sakura Kakushi SBGH341G

The dials themselves feature a dappled texture in light green or light pink. It’s a sort of less intense interpretation of the Snowflake that’s flatter but with greater colour variance. More frosty than a full on flake. The timekeeping display is then pretty staple for Grand Seiko with sharply facetted hands and hour markers, there’s also a date window at 3 o’clock.

Grand Seiko Heritage Collection Hi-Beat Sakura Wakaba SBGH34
Grand Seiko Heritage Collection Hi-Beat Sakura Kakushi SBGH341G

Powering both watches is the Calibre 9S85 hi-beat movement with 55-hour power reserve and -3/+5 seconds per day accuracy. Plus, of course, the signature 36,000 vph. Paired with the 62GS case and the Sakura-Wakaba and Sakura-Kakushi, these watches are priced at £6,950.

Price and Specs:

Model: Grand Seiko Heritage Collection Hi-Beat 'Sakura-Wakaba' / 'Sakura-Kakushi'
Ref: SBGH343G (Wakaba), SBGH341G (Kakushi)
Case: 38mm diameter x 12.9mm thickness, titanium
Dial: Silver-green (Wakaba) or silver-pink (Kakushi)
Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
Movement: Seiko calibre 9S85, automatic, 37 jewels
Frequency: 36,000 vph (5 Hz)
Power reserve: 55h
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Strap: Titanium bracelet
Price: £6,950

More details at Grand Seiko Boutique.

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.