Graham brings you the Geo-Graham Orrery Tourbillon 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 fuses together horology and the universe. 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 within reach. 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.
A Portable Planetarium
Creating a miniature solar system is no mean feat. These were discussions enjoyed between Royal Society fellow George Graham and his personal scientist and astronomer friends, Sir Isaac Newton and Edmond Halley.
The new Geo-Graham Orrery Tourbillon represents an intriguing tale that is based on reality. 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. A perfect setting for the romance Graham has sparked between horology and astronomy in this timepiece, the dial has three scales to measure time on earth, the Gregorian calendar and the zodiac system.
The use of treasured materials and avant guard design make this timepiece unique. Mirroring an observatory dome or telescope lens, a semi-spherical sapphire crystal nestles on a rose gold case and a hand-stitched blue alligator strap is held securely in place by a folding rose gold buckle. The ornate two-barrel movement comes with a 72 hours power reserve.
Only eight fortunate contemporary collectors will have the pleasure of sitting listening to The Planets, by the English composer Gustav Holst, with this Graham 2017 treasure on their wrist. Be a lucky one!