Some believe the rainbow leads to a pot of gold. Graham suggests carbon may be a more exciting destination. Its new Chronofighter Superlight Carbon watches integrate the inspiration of dynamic coloured Formula One tyres. The brand with petrol in its veins and style on the brain presents timepieces that fuse superlight carbon technology with supercharged looks.
Taking a look at the dial of this Graham Geo.Graham Orrery Tourbillon, it’s easy to get confused as to what you are seeing, although in fact the idea is rather simple. First are the off-centered hands for your hours and the moments that are why the merchandise is worth toting around in your wrist. Then, there’s the tourbillon under the engraved cage which lends “haute horology” cred into the piece. From that point, you have the more interesting astronomical acts which seek to monitor the relative movements of the Earth, Moon, and Mars about one another, as well as the sun. Heaven forbid you let the 72-hour power reserve wind down and need to reset this functionality yourself.One added function is a 100-year indicator on the back of the watch on the motion. Around the periphery of this movement is a year scale to track the present year. Graham includes two extra disks with the watch which can be set up by means of a watchmaker for two additional hundred year periods. Sometimes I really wish I had a time machine if only to find out what’s happening with these watches 290 years into the future.
The strong Graham affinity with motor racing is more than skin-deep. Sponsorship of the Brawn GP Formula One team from 2009 to 2011 preceded partnerships with the Swiss Porsche Cup, the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy, the Baja 1000, the GT Asia Series, the Spengler Cup, Silverstone circuit, the Swiss Gurnigel Hill Race and the Club Porsche Romand. The combination of carbon, a pillar of contemporary racing car prowess, and the head-turning tyre colours, accurately reflect these watches’ intrinsic union of appearance and performance. Unlike with the tyres, the straps’ functionality is weather-independent so their robust rubber composition is constant. It goes without saying that none of these pieces is for “softies”. Orange conveys anticipation, green action, and purple asserts itself confidently as the new red. With their integrated “Clous de Paris” pattern, these stylish, bold attachments are as out there as a pace car.
In racing, weight definitely does matter. In the Graham Chronofighter Superlight Carbon it does too. Weighing in at less than 100 grams each, these sporty timepieces are never slow off the grid. The case, trigger, bezel, dial and buckle are made of the innovative superlight carbon that’s become the 21st century hallmark of Formula One car construction. The resultant watches’ lightness could cause them to become forgotten; their distinctive design with the iconic trigger ensures that’s not going to happen.