Graham Two limited editions to commemorate D-Day
Graham launches the Chronofighter Vintage D-Day and the Chronofighter Vintage Overlord to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the troops landing in Normandy on June 6th, 1944.
For the 75th anniversary of D-Day on 6 June 2019, Graham renews its pledge to remember the fallen heroes, with two specially created timepieces. These limited edition Chronofighter Vintage watches incorporate the spirit of freedom that fuelled the bravery of troops landing on the Normandy beaches in 1944. The Chronofighter Vintage D-Day unites robust steel with elegantly black. Hope is the intrinsic message of the Chronofighter Vintage Overlord with its combination of tranquil green, beige and cream with a bronze case. The mood of liberation lives on.
The 2019 pieces follow in the footsteps of the 2005 Chronofighter VE-Day series, launched to pay tribute to the day that ended six years of a war. With the new Chronofighter Vintage watches Graham rekindles our duty to remember.
Chronofighter Vintage D-Day
Clear symbolism and informative text are key elements of the visual vocabulary of the Chronofighter Vintage D-Day series. One of the most important dates in European and North American twentieth century history is boldly printed in white at six o’clock on a black, grained dial. This gains extra poignancy in the light of the fact that the amphibious invasions on the Normandy beaches began at 6.30 am on 6 June 1944. At three o’clock on this ominous day, massive artificial Mulberry harbours headed across the channel to help resupply the invasion force. This significant hour is marked on the watch by a circled star, the Allies’ standard military marking. A black rubber strap with a mesh pattern signs off the edgy, robust look.
Chronofighter Vintage D-Day with leather or rubber strap © Graham
Chronofighter Vintage Overlord
The Chronofighter Vintage Overlord takes the codename for the battle of Normandy, comprising landings on five beaches, as its signature. A bronze, satin-brushed case is reminiscent of the metal used in naval construction. Its green, sandblasted dial integrates nostalgic numerals in the typeface used on US Air Force aircraft fuselage. Positioned at six o’clock is an artistic rendition of the Indianhead, one of the most recognised unit emblems in the U.S. army, carried by the Second Infantry Division. A striped fabric strap is bordered in emerald green, alluding to the vision of future peace that participants in the Overlord battle shared. As an additional endeavour to respectfully preserve the memory of the conflict, Graham will donate a percentage of the watch’s proceeds to museums in Normandy that pay tribute to the fallen soldiers.
Chronofighter Vintage Overlord with fabric or rubber strap © Graham
Reflecting the milestones remembered, each watch will be produced in a limited edition of 75 pieces.
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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