Photo Cred: Graham
Baselworld is coming up quickly, so I thought I’d give you guys a sneak peak at what we can expect. From one of the lesser known manufacturers comes a complete masterpiece that’s riveting, exciting and completely captivating. Here is the Graham Geo.Graham Orrery Tourbillon Astronomical, a watch that defies what we associate with typical watchmaking. It’s an amalgamation of ingenuity, splendore and wonder, and it works so damn well. Occasionally a manufacture will try and overdo it by combining complication on complication with different finishing techniques and the like, but rarely do they pull it off. Graham Geo.Graham has, and they’ve done so extravagantly.
Looking at the Graham Geo.Graham Orrery Tourbillon Astronomical from a purely subjective view, I can only express my admiration and joy every time I look at it. The 18k pink gold case sits wide at 48mm, and pretty high at 17.6mm. This however, does well to give you an expanse of beauty and brilliance from the dial. On this occasion, the more the better. The multi-faceted dial depicts time and space in an odd manner, but once you get your head around the confusion it all seems quite orderly.
Firstly, you have the off-centered hands heading towards 3 o’clock. Next you have the tourbillon sitting slightly centered under a beautifully engraved cage. Beyond that you have the respective bodies of Earth, Moon and Mars doing their thing following the trajectory around the dial. And the cherry on top is the celestial bodies following their individual trajectories are actually said to be made of the same materials that they represent.
The Earth is made of a incredible Kingman Turquoise, while Mars and the Moon are made of meteorites which are from the planets that they represent. Pretty damn cool if you ask me. Turn the watch around, and not only do you see the amazing movement (which I’ll get into in a second), but you also get a 100-year indicator. Because why not, right?
Okay, now onto the movement.
For well into the 6-figure territory, you have every right to expect impeccable, immaculate and flawless to be the words used to describe your movement. You’ll be happy to know that this is the case.
The calibre G1800 Tourbillon Orrery boasts a power reserve of about 3-days (and for the love of God, please make sure this is always wound – otherwise good luck trying to reposition everything accurately on your own). The grey monochromatic colour scheme looks fantastic against the 18k pink gold case, and truth be told those blue balance jewels look so much better than the traditional ruby red ones. Otherwise, everything movement wise is haute horlogerie. And truth be told I’d expect nothing less in a watch like this.
Limited to only 8 pieces, the Graham Geo.Graham Orrery Tourbillon Astronomical is rare, fine and seriously in a league of its own. In a market that’s so niche, tight and closed, its super difficult to differentiate yourself amongst some of the greatest pieces to ever grace the wrists of the rich and famous. For a lesser known name such as Graham Geo.Graham, they have their work cut out for them, but if they continue along this direction of high watchmaking, then I’m sure that they’ll do just fine.