Sophistically dressed, the Graham Chronofighter Oversize collection is a family of thoroughbreds which indeed, have a lot going for them! With bucketfuls of boyish charm and a gutsy confidence, this tasteful blend of skill, technique and craftsmanship takes the form of these “larger than life” companions. Straight out of La Chauz-de-Fonds, the Swiss Graham Chronofighter Oversize watches, with chiselled good looks have a masculine mien with a desirable English flair, yet it is the collective blend of refined attributes, crafted by those genius and highly skilled designers at the Graham house of watchmaking itself, which really bestow a sense of joy. Graham watch makers take their name from the English master of time, George Graham who lived in Fleet Street in London and was born in 1673. The creator of a mercury pendulum system for clocks and the first ever stopwatch, George Graham invented many valuable concepts of which he was more than happy to share with fellow watchmaking enthusiasts. The escapement of which George Graham created, is known as the Graham Escapement and is used in many pendulum clocks today and his innovations have become the driving force for the Graham watchmaking company who use his dedication in providing supreme, reliable time keeping tools as the inspiration behind their masterpieces.
For those of you who are strangers to the Chronofighter Oversize, it is one of Grahams’s flagships pieces. With a rugged exterior, the 47mm watches are horological heroes, built to adorn fully fledged alpha-males. The Graham Choronofighter Oversize watches have a number of distinctive features which instil the strong DNA of their elite profiles. The carbon coated trigger which rests at the left flank of the case begs to be touched, with a large date aperture emanating from just underneath the 12th hour mark and an overpowering GMT hand, yet one which is instantly excused when used among these dial proportions. The plunger-like pusher arrangement starts and stops measurements, whilst the big trigger activates the chronograph and simultaneously protects the crown. The hour and minute hands are of course, marked with Super-LumiNova treatment so that they deliver luminous emissions during low-level lighting, a quality which is shared with the stealthy set of Arabic numerals which are carefully placed around the perimeters of the dial. Following their very own design path, Graham have chosen a unique colour palette for each model which rewards the owner with a fresh look, courtesy of a number of playful elements that combine originality with avant garde genius. The dimensions of the Graham Chronofighter Oversize may at first be a little overwhelming, yet once fastened securely to the wrist bear a welcoming lightness in weight with the reset button, trigger and the crown firmly stationed at a perpendicular angle to the wrist, allowing for ease of access when actuating the features of the timepiece.
It is by spending a day of intimacy with the Graham Chronofighter Oversize that one can really appreciate how activating the functions of this exquisite timepiece soon becomes a cathartic delight to touch. The new Graham Chronofighter Oversize Black Arrow models for example showcases a black ceramic bezel to match its extrovert personality and this departure from the norm is welcomed with a silkscreen printed dial – another example of fine detailing which is much in evidence throughout this range. Whether you are adding to your collection or simply pursuing the avenues for cultivating the very beginnings of your Graham family, the Graham Chronograph Oversize makes for a compelling case for ownership of anyone capable of appreciating the brand’s exotic use of colour and excitable imagination.
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