Seiko Le Grand Sport Kinetic-Quartz Watches Review
Seiko Le Grand Sport
Seiko Le Grand Sport is a visually versatile set of watches, made for men and women. As the title implies, the collection exhibits a sports streak – but in a casual or dressy package (depending on the model).
The basic setup of a round bezel and a naturally flowing bracelet creates an effective and confident look, which eschews the extremes of Sportura or Velatura. It seems that the “sport” in the title alludes to the more relaxed kinds of sports, such as snooker or golf. Le Grand Sport is a rare Seiko collection that offers rectangular (tonneau shaped) watches. The most classically designed pieces rival such Citizen's Stiletto, Corso, and Palidoro eclectic dressy-sports collections.
Several characteristics unify the majority of Le Grand Sport timepieces. First, most of the watches employ Roman numerals, the must-have for a design that wants to display class. Second, the collection abandons the muscular hands used in Arctura or even Coutura, and puts on slender, even or leaf-shaped markers that add a touch of grace to the timers.
Third, this collection goes back to the basics of Arctura in terms of dial clarity: the less busier, the better. Finally, the subdials and indicators in the chronograph and power reserve models are not given the stage to play a main role – instead, they're stylized and subdued to support the unity of the overall design.
Seiko Le Grand Sport is the only collection that offers diamonds in both men's and ladies' watches – and that's saying something. Men's Le Grand Sport with diamonds (only as indices on the dials) constitutes a curious sub-category of watches that flirts with luxury and takes cues from watches created in the high-end industry.
While some Ladies Le Grand Sports watches replicate the men's design, the main bulk are set apart and veer towards high fashion. The classic elegance of rectangular (tonneau shaped) cases adds an important variety, as well as an element of risk to the safe round design.
Both men's and women's models vary bracelets, mostly relying on links of various sizes. Here bracelets become an additional ground for creativity and design, as the majority of models sport original pieces that interact well with the cases.
Le Grand Sport is a broad design-based collection that includes several calibers: kinetic, quartz and automatic chronograph. Most timepieces were equipped with the proven quartz movement.