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Graham

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.

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  • Graham WorldTempus
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About

George Graham, born in 1673, worked as a clockmaker in London during a period in history where accurate timekeeping provided a crucial strategic advantage at sea. He invented the cylinder escapement and the mercury temperature compensating pendulum, as well as many other instruments used by the scientists and physicists of the day.

George Graham was open-minded and did not hesitate to help others and share his ideas with his peers, in particular Julien Le Roy. Graham was also partner to the famous watchmaker Thomas Tompion, and married his niece in 1696. When his colleague died, Graham took over Tompion's business and established himself as an independent watchmaker.

In 1721, he received the honorary title of ‘Fellow of the Royal Society' and the following year became a ‘Master of the Clockmakers' Company'. He died in 1751, leaving behind him an unrivalled contribution to watchmaking. He is buried in London's famous Westminster Abbey – next to his friend Thomas Tompion.

1995
Creation of Graham.
2001
Chronofighter launch.
2002
Silverstone launch.
2013
Geo.Graham Orrery Tourbillon in tribute to the creation of the modern orrery by George Graham.
2016
15th anniversary of the Chronofighter collection and launch of the Chronofighter Vintage.
Philosophy

Based in La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland, the brand preserves the legacy of George Graham, developing modern timepieces that combine sophisticated techniques and atypical design.

With respect to the work of the great English master after whom the company is named, Graham strives to be an unusual brand with its own distinctive personality, standing firmly apart from other watchmaking enterprises.

Collections

Chronofighter

The Chronofighter model is fitted with an on/off lever on the chronograph. This system was used on pilots' watches in the 1940s. Pilots needed to be able to accurately measure the different stages of the flight plan. They wore gloves due the icy cold temperatures at altitude, so they needed a suitable switch system. The lever on the left of the case, combined with a precision mechanical movement, means the chronograph's stop/start functions can be activated using the thumb.

Geo.Graham

The Geo.Graham collection comprises outstanding high-end watches, including tourbillons, orrery tourbillons and a manual flying tourbillon model with a retrograde precision moon phase display that requires adjustment only once every 122 years.

Silverstone

The Silverstone, aimed at motor sports lovers, features a distinctive design that draws its inspiration from the world of motor racing. Everything about it evokes racing, speed and precision mechanics from the carbon dial to the rubber strap with its tyre tread pattern.

Watches

Graham - The Man

George Graham may not be a household name to many, but he is one of the most important English watch and clockmakers of all time. Being of British descent in 1673 he worked with other greats such as Thomas Tompion and his works have been owned by many great men through the ages.

He is known as the “father of the chronograph” as he was the first to invent such a mechanism that could time the duration of something.

The Brand As We Know It

The brand today was launched by two Swiss men born in a small Swiss town. There names are Eric Loth and Pierre-André Finazzi and in 1995 they together launched Graham the brand, which was inspired by the great man himself.

Today the company make mainly chronographs so as to pay homage to the great man himself who was known as ‘father of the chronograph’.

The watches themselves are instantly recognizable due to their oversize nature. The chronograph movements all feature automatic winding. These watches aren’t adorned with diamond bezels and diamond dials, they are functional tool watches designed with astronomical and aeronautical applications in mind.

Today their line up of watches also features a range known as Geo.Graham which is a selection of tourbillons and a moon-phase complication.

The lineup consists of Geo.Graham, Chronofighter and Silverstone. Previous models in the line-up include the Swordfish range, but they are no longer available to sell new and can only be purchased on the pre-owned market through watch and jewelry stores.