Every now and again certain timepieces are so elaborate they seem out of this world. Case in point the luxury watch brand Graham has chosen 2017 to reveal their new “Geo.Graham Orrery Tourbillon”.
This watch is the follow up to 2013’s “Graham Tourbillon Orrery” (Ref#: 2GGBP.B01A), which the brand referred to as a ‘planetarian’, though this new release has been updated to a ‘planetarium-style’. The unique and quite complicated movement was produced for Graham by Christophe Claret (who also designs watches for his own brand named after himself: Christophe Claret) and was a limited edition of only 20 manufactured pieces.
Traditionally when I hear talk about the Graham their ‘Chronofighter’ model comes to mind. A watch that has become iconic due to its left-handed crown and large trigger system, inspired by retro military design and quite reminiscent of a grenade pin. But, this time around they’ve aimed for the stars and it seems they got a hit on their hands.
The 48mm case is made of 18k pink gold with a transparent case back. There are two crown controls on the right-side of the case: the crown at the 2 o’clock position serves to rotate the planets and set the calendar on the case back; while the crown at the 3 o’clock position serves to set the time and manually wind the power reserve up.
Covered by a semi-spherical sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating on both sides. The case back also includes a 100-year scale with Moon and Mars correction indicators and each respective serial number hand-engraved. Water-resistance on this timepiece can reach up to 50 meters (164 feet).
Time is exhibited on a blue lacquered dial with a ‘Geo.Graham Tourbillon Orrery’ inscription at the 4 o’clock positions. But, what it doesn’t feature are any numerals; instead we have a series of circular railroad tracks which indicate: the Gregorian calendar (365.25 days), a Zodiac scale (12 astrological signs) and help decipher current hour and minute’s time, with the assistance of its off-set 18k pink gold hands.
Another grand enhancement on this new ‘planetarium-style’ watch was converting the rotating Sun, Earth, Moon and Mars to differentiated materials. Earth is represented by a polished sphere of Kingman Turquoise; while the Moon and Mars are characterized by meteorites that have fallen to Earth and which the brand affirms has each originated from the planets they embody.
Besides all the aforementioned complications and ‘out of this world’ materials. There is the tourbillon bridge with two Phoenix heads inspired by a George Graham decoration; and there is a closed set diamond in the center of the dial. Also the off-center skeleton 18k pink gold hands have a black super-luminova coating applied on them for an enhanced legibility.
Graham Geo.Graham Orrery Tourbillon
The “Graham Geo.Graham Orrery Tourbillon” (Ref#: 2GGBP.U01A) is powered by a hand-wound mechanical movement, caliber G1800 Tourbillon Orrery with 35 jewels and 21,600 Vph. Christophe Claret exclusively made this movement for Graham with a haute horlogerie finishing. It also features a circular “Côtes de Genève” decoration and a tourbillion orrery aka solar system mechanism. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 50 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is a hand-sewn blue crocodile strap, secured to the wrist by an 18k pink gold pin buckle. This will be an extremely limited watch with only 8 manufactured pieces.
MSRP: $330,000.00 USD
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