Graham Chronofighter ultralight carbon skeleton tourbillon chart I have a soft spot for watch brands that tend to do things differently, and Graham Chronofighter is the split design icon that defines the brand. The chronograph trigger on the left side of the case is inspired by the countdown watch developed by Universal Geneve for the Italian Air Force in the 1930s. This watch has become the main product of Chronofighter for about 20 years. But when we talk about complex functions such as tourbillon chronographs rather than casual sports watches, will this unconventional military-inspired design transform?
The Graham Chronofighter Superlight Carbon Skeleton Tourbillograph is to make it bigger. It is 47mm wide and has a very lightweight black carbon fiber case. It also has one of the largest tourbillons I have ever seen. The retro military design, modern case structure, and legal clock seals all provide a very eye-catching package for the recognized niche — that is, if your wrist and wallet are large enough.
Although the case size is 47 mm wide, there is no chronograph trigger. My caliper is 57 mm wide, with trigger, 17.5 mm thick, and the height from lug to lug is 55 mm. The same size is the tourbillon. I didn’t have precise measurements, but the two ends of the bridge are about 21 mm apart. I thought that a small tourbillon of more traditional size would look interesting in such a large and aggressive watch, but Graham succeeded.
The watch is really light, although I felt a bit silly when I picked it up for the first time because it had “Superlight” in its name. Nevertheless, the large case size and aggressive design did not live up to the weight of 100 grams (which is almost the same as the weight of the Black Bay with the god rudder). Of course, this is due to the use of a black carbon composite case, although the weight of the tourbillon frame itself is 0.485 grams, which is lighter than the 0.403 gram tourbillon frame used in Audemars Piguet’s current production models. The watch media may be a bit over-excited when reporting on the latest record-breaking thinnest or lightest watch, but the truth is that although Graham is not any particular record holder, its weight is similar to the one I see on my wrist. The size of the watch is as light as it becomes.
Although it is definitely big for me, if your wrist circumference is> 8 inches, when you consider its unobtrusive weight and 100M water resistance, the Chronofighter Tourbillograph is indeed very practical. The chronograph trigger on the left side of the case is a quirky design sign, of course, but at least it is not to be confused with anything else, which is more than I can say about many watches.
There are countless big watches I have worn, and their traditional crowns can reach into my hands. This is not a problem, because although the chronograph trigger is large and prominent, it is not felt or noticeable at all on the wrist.
G1780 is an automatic column-wheel chronograph and tourbillon. Graham first introduced it about 10 years ago when it was included in the brand’s Silverstone series of watches. This movement was specially made for Graham by La Joux-Perret. Although it is not new, it actually has some interesting things. First of all, it is rare to see the tourbillon integrated into the column wheel chronograph, you can see its wheels at work through the tourbillon frame. The G1780 runs at 28,800 vph, has a 48-hour power reserve, and is hand-finished with Geneva stripes, pearl patterns, chamfers and polished edges. Part of the basic gear of the column wheel is also polished to reduce friction. The tourbillon cage consists of 48 parts, several of which are made of 18k gold,
The movement has passed the Chronofiable certification, which is not as well-known as COSC or other tests, but it is still worth noting. Chronofiable certification is carried out at Laboratoire Dubois in La Chaux-de-Fonds and is related to the durability and toughness of watches and movements. This process simulates 21 days of shock, acceleration, and temperature changes, which is equivalent to six months of wear and tear. This is the same certification you can find on some Richard Mille watches (such as the RM 035 Rafael Nadal), but I believe they have now conducted internal testing. La Joux-Perret has two patents related to tourbillon protection, which they call “shockproof” tourbillons. In addition to Incabloc shock absorbers, they reduced the tourbillon to as few components as possible and built a double bridge to improve rigidity and stability. replica watches Online
Considering the precision of the tourbillon, I think the guarantee of Chronofiable certification is very important. If you want to wear this watch, you don’t have to worry about it.
The chronograph is started and paused by the trigger button, and the button at 10 o’clock resets it. There is a small 30-minute counter dial at 9 o’clock, and a large tourbillon between 3 o’clock and 6 o’clock. There is really no room for other things on the dial. I am very agnostic to the black carbon dial that matches the case, and I do think that more can be done with the Graham logo and index in the white varnish finish. It’s just a bit flat for me. Nevertheless, the large streamer red gold hands match the red gold seconds hand set in the tourbillon hole very well, and contrast with the black carbon in a refined but still suitable way for the atmosphere of the Graham Chronofighter military watch.
The tourbillon chronograph is a particularly quirky niche product, which is often very expensive. The products of Richard Mille, Bulgari, Audemars Piguet, Zenith and even Bell & Ross can well extend to six digits. .