Time and space fuse in the latest complication from Graham. Inspired by George Graham’s invention of the first Orrery in 1713, this precious limited edition of eight pieces harmoniously marries horology and universe in this stargazing tourbillon. Sealing the union are genuine, carved elements of Mars and the Moon.
These turn the fascination of a cosmos usually out of reach, into a wonder that can be captured. Proudly representing their namesakes in each watch, these materials enable celestial bodies to get in touch with their earthly side. The heart and soul of the piece is a manual Orrery tourbillon exclusively crafted for Graham by Christophe Claret, evolved from the 2013 Graham anniversary edition. Rooted in the age of enlightenment three centuries ago, this horological masterpiece incorporates a 300-year calendar to carry enlightened timekeeping into the future.
Creating a miniaturized solar system requires meticulous attention to detail and boundless scientific curiosity, where the universe, rather than the sky, is the limit. These are topics that presumably fueled the discussions enjoyed between Royal Society fellow George Graham and his personal scientist and astronomer friends, Sir Isaac Newton and Edmond Halley.
The 2017 Geo-Graham Orrery Tourbillon represents an intriguing storybook, where all of the stories are 100% true. The genuine fragments of the Moon and Mars it contains came to earth as a result of a meteorite impact. Kingman Turquoise, first discovered and mined by ancient Native American civilizations in what is now Arizona, long before Europeans discovered the New World, forms the earth. And the sun is a miniaturized masterpiece in itself.
Perfectly complementing imagined pictures of the solar ball of fire is an engraving of two phoenix heads, a decoration used by George Graham, on the Tourbillon Bridge. This 18-carat rose gold element also has a gleaming cabochon diamond at its center. The backdrop for the wearable cosmic stage show is a lacquered blue dial. What better setting for the romance Graham has sparked between horology and astronomy in this piece? The dial has three scales to measure time on earth, the Gregorian calendar and the zodiac system.
Mastering a technical feat is a thing of beauty in itself. The use of exquisite materials and mesmerizing design detail tailor the fascination factor to perfection. Magical memories of an observatory dome or telescope lens, a semi-spherical sapphire crystal nestles on a rose gold case. A hand-stitched blue alligator strap is held securely in place by a folding rose gold buckle. The ornate two-barrel movement conceals inner beauty in the form of 72 hours power reserve.