Last week, Grand Seiko and HODINKEE joined together for an evening of cocktails, camaraderie, and fine watchmaking at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. HODINKEE Editor-in-Chief Jack Forster, and the Grand Seiko Beverly Hills Boutique, were our hosts, and there was an enormous range of timepieces, representing all three pillars of Grand Seiko watchmaking, including mechanical, high-accuracy quartz 9F timepieces, and of course, Grand Seiko’s unique Spring Drive technology. Collectors and enthusiasts were able to see firsthand the famous high level of finish of Grand Seiko hands, cases, and dial markers, as well as admire the artistry of the dials themselves. Guests included actor and HODINKEE Radio guest Aldis Hodge, and Talking Watches guest Morgan King.
One of the most looked-at and talked about watches of the evening was the new Grand Seiko SBGA405 “Godzilla” limited edition, which represents a further foray into sports watch territory for the brand. With its assertively angular case, eye-catching sunray red dial and of course, representation of the world-famous kaiju (“strange monster”) Godzilla himself on the caseback, it’s a different face for Grand Seiko than many American enthusiasts know, although GS has often created more outgoing watches for the Japan domestic market. Godzilla has a close relationship to Seiko, as enthusiasts know – the monster is shown destroying the famous Wako clock tower in Tokyo in the original 1954 film.
A very big thank you to Grand Seiko and the Beverly Hills GS Boutique, and of course, to all our friends and fellow Grand Seiko enthusiasts who joined us for a very memorable night!