Graham Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art watches
The Graham Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art Ltd watches are inspired by the Flying Forties World War II pinup pictures.
With watchmaking roots dating back to 17th century England, Graham, Watchmakers since 1695, is one of those brands that regularly surprises and delights watch lovers with its ingenuity and precision. The eponymous brand honors famed British watchmaker George Graham (born in 1673), who was renowned for multiple watchmaking advancements. Today, the independently owned brand continues to be cutting-edge with its Chronofighter sports watches, Silverstone Racing watches and Geo.Graham complications. In fact, this year, the brand unveils the Graham Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art Ltd watches with pinup girls on them – inspired by the military planes of the 1940’s.
Boldly beautiful, the new collection features dials that recall the glamorous illustrations found on the noses of military planes. Nose art, or decorative painting, on aircraft initially was useful as a way to identify friendly craft. Never officially approved, nose art became an unofficial way of recalling memories, boosting military morale or serving as a talisman of sorts. Generally, American nose art ranged from pinups of movie stars such as Rita Hayworth or Betty Grable to cartoon characters and faces or teeth of animals.
For the Graham Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art Ltd watches, the brand was most inspired by the Flying Forties World War II pinup pictures. Four different pinup girls perch on the dial of each watch – as though sitting on the plane wing. Sally is a beautiful blond dressed in pink with a black skirt and sits against a black dial, while vibrant redhead Anna also resides on a black dial and wears an army green ensemble. Lilly and Nina sit on rich blue dials and don different attire. Each pinup girl is made in a limited edition of 100 pieces.
The Graham Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art Ltd watches are automatic chronographs, crafted in stainless steel with domed sapphire crystals and casebacks. The dial of each watch features a day/date aperture at 9:00, beneath which is the watch’s serial number. Each dial is sun brushed and painted with the pinup girl and her name on it. Watch hands and numerals are white Super-LumiNova, reminiscent of pilot watches of the era that were bold and readable.
The nostalgic dials are so alluring that one may not even think about the fact that inside the watch beats a G1747 automatic chronograph movement with Incabloc shock absorber and offering 48 hours of power reserve. The chronograph features 30-minute counter and central seconds. The 44mm watches are water resistant to 100 meters, and each has a domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating and a transparent sapphire crystal case back. The watches are finished with either a black or blue hand-sewn calf leather strap in a hue that matches the dial. The watches retail for $5,450.
The Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art Ltd watches are made in the brand’s production facilities in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. There the movement are engineered or adapted for all of the brand’s timepieces. While the brand traces its origins to Graham, the father of modern watchmaking and inventor of the start and stop device found on chronographs, among other inventions, Graham SA was created in 1995.
Based in La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland, Graham preserves the legacy of London clockmaker George Graham, developing modern timepieces that combine sophisticated techniques with an atypical design.Find out more >
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