Graham Chronofighter Oversize Superlight TT9:48 am
The first question most people ask looking at a Graham Chronofighter watch is, what does the oversize crown device actually do? Known as the chronograph trigger, it is iconic to Graham watches, a brand known for innovation and invention.
The Graham Chronofighter Oversize Superlight TT is a daring watch from the House of Graham only meant for serious connoisseurs of chronograph watches.
About the Company
Founded by British watchmaker George Graham. A great scientist who had many inventions to his credit – the start and stop device of the chronograph, the dead-beat and cylinder escapement, the mercury pendulum, and many scientific instruments for astronomers and physicists. He built the most precise clock for the Greenwich Royal Observatory.
Graham watches celebrate the heritage of George Graham, the man who started their visionary tradition. Impressive designs, bold sizes, futuristic materials and solid features are the hallmark of a Graham Watch. The Chronofighter collection from Graham features the Graham Signature – the trigger on the left, a device which guarantees the most precise and fastest use of the chronograph functions.
About the Isle of Man TT Race
Probably the most challenging and difficult motorsport on earth, the Tourist Trophy Race or TT Race organised at the Isle of Man is full of never ending bends, bumps, jumps, stone walls and other obstacles. This scenic mountain course race track is extremely dangerous with speeds going over 200mph. Only the most skilled and brave super bikers participate in this deadly sport, more than a 100 years old and full of tradition and legends. Graham is the official timekeeper of the Isle of Man TT Race.
The Graham Chronofighter Oversize Superlight TT
The Graham Chronofighter Limited Edition watch captures the adrenaline rush of this high-speed motor race, held every year at the scenic Isle of Man. The massive 47mm dial with black and white elements has a dash of high speed red and is extremely legible. The bezel is made of high-quality ceramic and adds an extremely sophisticated look to the watch with its superb shine. The iconic chronograph trigger on the left of the watch relocates the chronograph functions away from the wrist and makes it much faster to operate the complication. Designed for aviation this feature is especially useful in motorsport timing as it allows the thumb to start the chronograph timing. The watch is powered by a Graham Calibre G1747 engine which has a power reserve of 48 hours. The movement has an Incabloc shock absorber for rugged use.
A domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating protects the dial. The chronograph hands and the small seconds hand are all race colour red. The watch hands and hour markers are luminous white. The chapter ring inside the dial is very different from most chronograph watches as it is calibrated for one lap in the TT Race (37.73 miles or 60.7 km). Another unique element of the dial is at the 30 minute counter sub-dial, a yellow marking indicating a race record of 17mins lap record time (131.578 mph or 211.75 kmph by John McGuinness). The skeleton minutes hand allows the wearer to time the breathtaking race and see if any participant can actually break this record.
The Chronofighter watch is surprisingly light weight for a watch this massive in size. The reason for this is that the case is made from carbon nanotube speckled composite which is very different from carbon fibre. The material has a hollow construction unlike carbon fibre and makes the watch weight below 100 grams. The black canvas strap with red contrast stitch further adds to the watch being light and easy on the wrist. Graham is proudly displayed on the ceramic buckle again with a fantastic shine.
A sapphire caseback allows a nice view of the Graham movement. The Isle of Man TT triskelion logo is decorated across the sapphire crystal held by six screws.
A daring watch from the Graham Chronofighter collection that pushes the limits of technology and aesthetics. This is a limited edition watch with only 200 pieces produced. A great watch to buy if you love your chronographs. The watch will always surprise the owner with its originality and rich detail.
By Pranav Karol
Features Writer, The Watch Guide
A watch enthusiast who is very passionate about performance watches. A keen observer of the horological world and its latest developments.