Perhaps best known as the “father of the chronograph”, George Graham (1673-1751) was also the brains behind inventions such as the dead-beat cylinder escapement, the first wall chronograph and the mercury pendulum.
Commissioned by the Greenwich Royal Observatory to create the Master Clock used by astronomers, he became the first great 18th century clock-maker to be admitted to the Royal Society.
Perpetuating this spirit of remarkable innovations and technical expertise, Graham is now a contemporary watch brand dedicated to enthusiasts of the mechanical arts.
Open-minded and passionately interested in exchanges with his peers, including in other countries, Graham would doubtless have approved this modern Swiss initiative to revive the finest British horological traditions and build on his rich heritage.
Based on inventive concepts determining design, functions and finish, the “British brand made by Swiss” creates imposing “wrist machines”.
Graham watches evoke a powerful fascination among connoisseurs and collectors with technically and esthetically playful objects that combine originality, exclusivity and avant-garde with the excellence of traditional know-how.
The History of Graham
Extremely well known as "the father of the chronograph", George Graham (1673-1751) has also been the man who had great ideas and invented the first wall chronograph or mercury pendulum.
Commissioned by the Greenwich Royal Observatory to create the master watch used by the astronomers, Graham became the first and great watchmaker of eighteenth century named by the Royal society. To continue with this spirit of extraordinary innovations and technical ability, Graham is nowadays a contemporary firm of watches dedicated to those who are enthusiastic about mechanic arts.
Open minded and with a great interest for interchanges among people working on the same field, Graham had undoubtedly approved the Swiss idea of re-establishing the British traditions of high watchmaking and recovered its rich patrimony.
The "British brand made in Switzerland" creates amazing wrist watches giving special attention to the design as well as the functions of the watch.
The Graham watches evoke a powerful fascination among experts and collectors who are moved by aesthetically funny objects, which convine exclusivity, originality and vanguard together with the excellence of traditional knowledge.
GRAHAM CHRONOFIGHTER R.A.C. 43mm
Introduced for the first time in 2001, and based by a system initially developed by pilots of the Second World War, at that time the Graham Chronofighter was equipped with a mechanism of quick-action coaxial control located on the left side which allowed a practical, fast and ergonomic manipulation.In 2005, Graham introduced the Graham Chronofighter Oversize. Nowadays, in 2006, as showed in the pictures on the following pages, the Graham Chronofighter R.A.C is the successor of the first Chronofighter. It has a new powerful cam with a paddle which improves its grip and a button that is even bigger together with column wheel. The Graham Chronofighter R.A.C. is moved by a chronograph movement of column wheel making sure it has an absolute accuracy, know as the French word "roue a colonne" , getting as a consequence the R.A.C acronym. The Graham Chronofighter is considered as the best chronograph movement in the watchmaking industry. The mechanism of column wheel consists of six triangular columns which control the Graham chronograph functions. The Graham chronofighter R.A.C is available in a broad range of versions, each one showing different facets of its fascinating traits. The typical controls of the Graham chronograph have been provided with a paddle that assures a better grip. It is a reminiscent of the design of the steer wheel of high-speed racing cars.The Graham Chronofighter R.A.C. is a superlative machine of time. The switch buttons on the left position like this were used for the first time by the bomber pilots throughout the Second World War. During their high-altitude flights- more than 26.000 feet- the extremely low temperatures obliged them to use mitts. Therefore, they needed an instrument which had a long switch button which could be activated by their thumb finger. The "Start" and "finish" functions activated by the thumb have a better reaction than with the rest of the fingers. During the years in which the sport times were measured by hand, the thumb was used to stop the chronometer.
GRAHAM CHRONOFIGHTER LIMITED EDITIONS
Graham introduces a high-technology model which evokes the natural affinities with the competitive world of the automobile racings. It is based on the accuracy, power and performance values.
At first sight this powerful wrist watch reflects its identity through a case totally polished, surrounded by bevel made of carbon fiber, a light robust material widely used in "speed machines" which destroy the asphalt in the automobile circuits everywhere in the world.
GRAHAM CHRONOFIGHTER OVERSIZE 46 mm
Undoubtedly, a Graham chronofighter is a watch of great importance which pays tribute to its name (46 mm in diameter) and an aggressive and impressive look.
The majority of the versions of this huge cam are made of steel. The Overload Mark II and Full black versions posses a cam with a 'Black Top' finish.
This sensual and vigorous chronograph is proud to have unique technical characteristics which are the truthful essence of the brand philosophy.
The sapphire crystals protect the twelve-hour minute counters and the thirty minutes counter. Moreover, they improve its legibility. The gear wheel of the crown and the switch buttons assure a prefect grip. With a distinctive aspect, the swordfish watch captivates and retains the looks of all those people who are fond of watches.
Its sapphire crystal are heightened by two convex sapphires, shaped similarly to the eye of an ox and with a magnifying glass effect, which increases the characteristics of the Graham chronograph counters almost to a 15 percent.
In order to create the two ox eyes and the glossy, saten and bright effect, the bevel assembles following a process of great complexity.
GRAHAM GRAND SILVERSTONE 44mm
With a name that is a render to one of the most famous bends of the legendary English automobile circuit of Silverstone, this watch possesses the powerful connotations of great exploit, traditional techniques, outstanding control, professional ability and high technology, in the non-stop search of performance.
Produced in two limited editions of 250 steel units and 250 pink gold units, this chronograph distinguishes itself for its sports sphere with a carbon fiber and an amazing variety of useful information. What is more, it possesses chronograph counters of 30 and 60 sport minutes, a double aperture of time, as well as GMT in the center indicated by a red index. The fly back function, very appreciated by pilots, is also one of the favorites of the drivers because it prevents them from stopping, readjusting and start the chronograph, allowing these operations to be activated only with a gentle movement.
Graham shows a new and unexpected facet of his character with interpretations of high watchmaking with the "Swordfish" watch. These models are exquisitely equipped with bevel diamonds. Graham reveals a new bright face for those for whom time is the most precious value.
GRAHAM KING GEORGE WATCH
Being a great world wide scoop, which includes 3 complications and two key innovations, the King George watch constitute a remarkable tribute to the "sovereigns" of the eighteenth century.
The movement has been created by Christopher Claret, the well-know contemporary watch specialist with repetition of minutes. Made with no less than 683 components, the king George movement is a genuine world wide scoop, endowed with two complications (tourbillion, minute repetition and rattrapantre chronograph) and two significant innovations: a chronograph with striking mechanism and a rattrapante system which prevents any type of lose of movement when the time is measured. Its amazing melody is a result of four hammers, divided into two different groups of two hammers each one, for the minute repeater and the chronograph mechanism. Once the chronograph is on, the strike of a hammer is activated and when it stops, another hammer activates but with a different sound, turning it into the first sonnerie chronograph.
Issued only in an extremely limited edition of ten units ( five in yellow gold and platinum gold) each watch is unique due to its case and the sphere.