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Grand Seiko’s nature-inspired collection celebrates legacy with contemporary touch

Sebastian Partogi

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Fri, March 19, 2021  /  12:00 pm
Grand Seiko’s nature-inspired collection celebrates legacy with contemporary touch

The Grand Seiko 2021 Elegance collection. (Seiko/Courtesy of Grand Seiko)

Japanese watchmaker Grand Seiko has unveiled its 2021 Elegance collection, inspired by Japan’s seasonal cycles, to help adventurers and travelers sense the passage of time as they immerse themselves in nature.   The Japanese culture marks time in a more specific and precise manner than Western cultures in general. The Japanese culture breaks down the seasons of winter, spring, summer and fall into six smaller phases, or sekkis, per season, hence the Japanese habit of celebrating 24 sekkis, instead of just four seasons as Westerners tend to understand it. Each seasonal phase freezes the frame on a decisive moment that marks the subtlest changes of time within a single season as revealed by nature, such as the exact time of spring when the flowers start to blossom. The Japanese culture’s heightened sensitivity to these subtle changes marks its closeness to natu...