Graham Swordfish Bronze Review
The Maison of La Chaux-de-Fonds which in the name is inspired by one of the fathers of watchmaking, the Londoner George Graham (1673-1751) inventor of the cylinder escapement, has distinguished itself since its foundation (1995) for its timepieces atypical and out of the choir. Among its most recent models, an automatic chronograph with a surprising and charismatic design, the latest evolution of the Swordfish collection launched in 2004. The singular nickname for a “swordfish” watch probably refers, in addition to a good degree of waterproofness that in this case is equal to 100 meters / 328 feet, with its characteristics of reliability and resistance, the swordfish is a tireless migrant, with a technical value, it is also a formidable predator, and of course with an unconventional aspect.
The vintage appeal case of the new Graham Swordfish Bronze measures 46 mm / 1,81 inch in diameter and is in satin bronze, more specifically, it is the CuSn8 alloy used in the naval industry, but it is also available in steel, with a double joint crown that improves its watertight and chronograph buttons engraved on the upper surface with Clous de Paris motif; the dial is soleil green, also available in black, with two large portholes equipped with magnifying lenses which magnify by 20% the counters of the 30 minutes chronograph at 3 and the 12 hours chronograph with continuous coaxial seconds at 9. All hands are in gold and with luminescent treatment, with the exception of the small sphere of continuous gold seconds.
The caseback is in titanium and sapphire and showcases the automatic movement caliber G1710 with 34 jewels, 28,800 variations for hour (4Hz), Incabloc shockproof device, 48 hours of power reserve; the rubber strap is green, also available black, with the texture that follows a net motif, closed by a bronze pin buckle: but the Swordfish Bronze is also provided with a special additional fabric strap, in shades of green or black, which absorbs moisture. The Graham Swordfish Bronze is available for € 7,950.
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