True Brit: Geo.Graham Tourbillon
The Geo.Graham Tourbillon revisits the codes of British watchmaking with classical good looks and svelte proportions.
The Geo.Graham Tourbillon revisits the codes of British watchmaking with classical good looks and svelte proportions. Now, George Graham was a legendary English clockmaker who made numerous scientific and watchmaking contributions in the early 18th century. The contemporary firm Graham shares little with him but the brand occasionally gives a nod to its exalted namesake through the Geo.Graham collection (“Geo” stands for “George”).
The latest Geo.Graham Tourbillon fetes British refinement in a simple time-only watch with tourbillon, classically composed within a modest 40mm pink gold case. Visually inspired by Graham’s historic pocket watches, the white enamel lacquered dial is designed with the same railway track that separates an inner scale of Roman numeral hour markers and an outer scale of Arabic numeral minute indexes. Blued hands and the visible 60-second tourbillon provide dressy detail to complement the crisp appearance.
The calibre G1796 is produced exclusively for Graham by Swiss partner Le Cercle des Horlogers, and features a micro-rotor for a more compact movement (case height totals at a mere 9.85mm). The gold off-centred oscillating weight is embellished with arabesque engravings, once again taking cues from traditional George Graham timepieces. Limited to 100 pieces, it is an eloquent tribute to the bygone era of Graham’s legendary namesake and a refreshing departure from the uber-masculine models that have come to define the brand’s contemporary identity.
By Yong Wei Jian