The Topper Blog consists mainly of original writing by Rob & Russ Caplan with occasional special contributions and interviews. All photography in the blog is taken at Topper Fine Jewelers , or on location unless otherwise indicated in the photo captions.

Meet a Grand Seiko Master Craftsman



Join us on February 9th from 4:30pm - 7:30pm at Topper Fine Jewelers where we will present Grand Seiko Master Craftsman Tatsuya Shimoda, a member of the Shizuku-ishi Watch Studio.

Mr. Shimoda will assemble and disassemble some of Grand Seiko's most celebrated Hi-Beat calibers. Mr. Hiraga is a 1st Grade Iwate Watch Meister and an instructor for seminars at the Shizuku-ishi Watch Studio. We are honored to welcome him to the store for a celebration of Japanese culture and fine watchmaking.



Like last year's event, this visit will provide an opportunity to see up close Grand Seiko's unique use of modern materials. Guests will be able to see several of the various proprietary SPRON alloys such as the SPRON610 used in hairsprings which enhance the anti-magnetism in the watches; the SPRON510 used for the mainspring in eight Hi-Beat watches; the SPRON530 used for Hi-Beat models; as well as the nickel escapement wheel and pallet fork that are engineered using MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) technology for enhanced precision and durability.

Guests will be invited to ask Mr. Hiraga any questions as they watch him work. It should be a great time see and appreciate the craftsmanship involved with the assembly and disassembly of these amazing Grand Seiko movements.

Topper will be providing sake and appetizers, and Grand Seiko Forum regular Allen Han (ten13) will provide us with delicious infused tea. Allen is not just an enthusiast of Grand Seiko, but is also the CEO and founder of Teforia, a company that manufactures machines that know the exact time, temperature, and water needed to brew the perfect cup.



RSVP is not necessary, but if you'd like to let us know if you plan to attend, please email andrea@topperjewelers.com to better help us prepare.

Thursday February 9th, 2017
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
1315 Burlingame Avenue
Burlingame, CA 94010
(888) 730-2221

The Topper Blog consists mainly of original writing by Rob & Russ Caplan with occasional special contributions and interviews. All photography in the blog is taken at Topper Fine Jewelers , or on location unless otherwise indicated in the photo captions.