Turning the clock back 15 years is a rich revelation. Hip guys may have been chilling to Daft Punk’s “One More Time”, ogling the very first iPods, or sharing popcorn with Gandalf at the first “Lord of the Rings” movie. But those really in the know would have been securing one of the first Graham Chronofighter watches.
The rest is history as the saying goes, but Graham is keeping the vintage vibe alive to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of its successful Chronofighter with four new additions to the iconic series. With their signature trigger on the left-hand side of the case, these Swiss made timepieces, integrating quirky British roots, are right on target to propel nostalgia confidently into the future.
Who dares wins
Another new chronograph to satisfy the wannabe cool dude? Definitely not. These Graham Chronofighter timepieces use the power of their innovative roots and wings to rule the kingdom of masculine mindfulness.
The bold trigger that starts and stops the chronograph acts as a double agent, simultaneously protecting the crown. Whether this eye-catching design trademark is instantly in full view, or revealed gradually from its temporary hiding place behind a bomber jacket sleeve or crisp shirt cuff, the wow factor is guaranteed.
Wearers of this edgily industrial mean machine are no couch potatoes; so bold looks translate directly into comfort in action with angled lugs and soft leather straps. The colour palette for the dials and straps embraces navy blue, brown or black.
For tough guys with a twist
Sophisticated high-performance is the domain of a G1747 automatic chronograph movement, visible through the case back, with an Incabloc shock absorber and a power reserve of 48 hours. All of the Chronofighter watches are water resistant to 10 bar (100 metres) and their domed sapphire crystals have anti-reflective coating.
Romantic whispers of yesteryears are clearly audible through bold styling statements of modernity. This is the timekeeper for the guy who elegantly unites sporting the sleekest pilots’ sunglasses with carefully crafting a paper aeroplane for a six-year-old co-pilot. Or for the male who derives equal enjoyment from trekking through wild landscapes and visualising the one the glass of malt in his hand originated from. Graham wearers refuse to confuse reliable with predictable.
No small print
The 44 mm case of the 2016 Graham Chronofighter pieces presents a dynamic cockpit of Swiss precision timekeeping. Big is beautiful here without a shadow of doubt. The chronograph functionality consists of two easily legible counters, one to track seconds and the other to count 30- minute periods.
The passing of the hours, minutes and seconds is masterminded on the main dial, which also has a clearly visible date display at 9 o’clock. Elements such as fine stitching on the leather and fire-red tips on the second hands punctuate the extrovert look. These watches are the Graham flagships and fully in command of the current vintage voyage.