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Geo.Graham The Moon, sky-style timepiece in deep blue and 18k pink gold by Graham

February 16, 2013 Leave a comment

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A sky-style dial in deep blue and 18k pink gold is a very pretty thing in this new Geo.Graham The Moon watch by Graham. “Geo” stands for “George” who is the Graham guy that the brand is named after. George Graham was a British watch and clock maker from the 17th century. Even as the brand of today is totally Swiss they still like to celebrate the English heritage of their namesake.
This new timepiece is a lovely limited edition and quite high-end for Graham. Only 10 or 20 pieces will be produced (the press release and technical specs seem to disagree on the point of how many will be made) but its stunning design is certainly worth talking about. The watch begins with an impressively sized 46mm wide case (which is actually not large at all given the brand’s Swordfish and Chronofighter collection of watches) in 18k pink gold. There is a blue sapphire cabochon in the crown – a not uncommon feature in watches but I always appreciate them. It also goes along nicely with the blue theme.
The multi-level blue dial of the watch is set with diamonds which represent actual constellations. Note the diagram below which points them out and also shows that the intersecting point of the hour and minute hands is meant to represent the position of Polaris. What I love is how the dial flange ring and bezel are all in blue to maximize the appearance of the night sky theme. That little ring of gold between them is classy as well. Lovers of astronomical themed timepieces will have a lot to enjoy here.
There is also the matter of the moon phase. It is a retrograde style moon phase indicator that has the moon moving back and forth versus in one continuous revolution on a disc. Thephoto realisticmoon phase disc is said to be hand-painted by local artists in Le Locle Switzerland. Last the moon phase indicator is accurate to 122 years or so given that it sets the moon phase by its more true cycle of 29 days zenith star rock replica paypal 12 hours and 44 minutes. Most less expensive moon phase indicators have the cycle set to 29.5 days.
Inside the watch is the Graham caliber G1769 manually would tourbillon movement. The tourbillon is a flying tourbillon set deep into the dial but extremely visible and beautiful. On the dial are visible 18k pink gold hands that go with the diamond set hour markers on the flange ring. Attached to the case is a blue crocodile strap. As a limited edition piece (of 10 or 20) the Graham Geo.Graham The Moon watch is stunning and provocative. I quite like it even though the price represents something only a small demographic of watch lovers can afford at 240 000 Swiss Francs.
Tech specs from Graham:
Geo.Graham The Moon: Ref. 2GGAP.U01A Limited edition: 10
Functions: Manual Flying Tourbillon Moon retrograde with precision of 122 years Hours minutes replica swiss chopard rubber band watches seconds
Calibre: G1769 replica women’s technomarine watches u-boat thousands of feet replica watches high precision mechanical movement with Haute Horlogerie finishing Moon. Retrograde Tourbillon (moon returns backwards to zero at the end of its cycle every 29 days 12 hours 44 minutes) 21’600 A/h (3Hz) Incabloc shock absorber. 29 jewels. Power reserve : 96 hours
Case: 46 mm pink gold (18K) case with faceted horns. Pink gold (18K) right hand control crown decorated with a sapphire stone. Domed and metal coated milky way sapphire bezel. Domed sapphire crystal anti-reflective coating on both faces. See-through sapphire crystal case back with serial number hand-engraved
Water resistance: 100 feet / 30 m
Dial: Blue dial with constellation of 45 diamonds (~0.24 cts). Hand-painted moon. Pink gold (18k) skeleton hands
Strap: Blue croco strap. Pink gold (18K) pin buckle
Price: 240’000 CHF

Fonte: Patek Philippe Watches Blog

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Graham Chronofighter Fortress, more than a mission

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“Welcome on board.” GRAHAM London is on a mission. A long flight back to the very origins. No, not all the way back to George Graham, the father of the chronograph, the genius who inspires the brand, but back to another world none the less.
“This is your captain speaking.” Today’s destination is the world of the first and iconic Chronofighter, the Chronofighter Fortress.
“Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be bumpy ride.” We are about to travel through time. Our destination is the skies of the 1940s. A dangerous place, even for the aces of the RAF, the British Royal Air Force.
The Chronofighter Fortress pays homage to the watches worn by the aircrews of RAF Bomber Command.
In the beginning, stopwatches used by flying officers were in fact just large pocket watches strapped over bomber jackets. Nonetheless, they were vital pieces of equipment used to follow flight plans and to time air raids. Already these early watches had to be trusted by the aviators as a matter of life and death. They were praised for their reliability and precision. These watches had to work high up in a world made of adrenaline and excitement where the freezing temperatures of high altitudes reign supreme. They were operated by men clad in heavily lined leather jackets and big gloves, strapped into their seats, in the confinement of a flight deck in combat. And after dark, on a night mission, in the dim glow of the cockpit instruments.
More than enough reasons to design and develop a specific system to activate the chronograph without fail – the result was the now famous lever.
The lever is a device which allows the crewmember to operate the chronograph intuitively under stress, while wearing those heavy gloves. It is a fail-safe system which does not distract the wearer from vital tasks because the left-hand lever is effortlessly reached with the right hand. The thumb, the fastest of all fingers, starts and stops the chronograph. The result is precise timing.
We have now reached cruising altitude. Through the window, you can examine an authentic watch that recalls these times. Fixed on a bomber jacket leather strap, the 43 mm case features a black dial with beige Super-LumiNova numerals, indexes and hands. They are the exact shade of aging Tritium found on historic military timepieces. The chrono seconds and minutes counter hands are red, bringing out the chronograph functions.
With its vintage look, this time instrument embodies a part of British aviation history. Like the fuselage of a Flying Fortress, the case presents a subtle mix of brushed and polished steel, playing with the light, combined with a completely transparent case back. The R.A.C. (roue à colonnes) device is the most elegant and precise mechanism to control the start – stop – reset functions of the chronograph. The blue propeller shaped column wheel is recognizable by its seven polished triangular segments. Each starts or stops the chronograph by activating numerous levers. Or they allow the resetting of the counters. Finally, the distinctive and prominent lever on the left side of the case represents the essence of the Chronofighter collection.
Main features also include
43 mm steel case. Calibre G1742, automatic self-winding column-wheel movement. 28 jewels. 28’800 A/h (4Hz). Incabloc shock absorber. 48 hours power reserve. Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, see-through sapphire case back and leather strap.
Source: GRAHAM London

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