Chinese mythology mingles with 1940s aviation glamour in the hands of the new Graham Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art Ltd – Kelly. Classy Kelly is unsurprisingly never alone. The faithful friend of this hand-painted pin-up lady is of the canine kind. What else in the year of the dog? And it’s not just by chance that he’s hanging out between three and four o’clock, two of this new year’s lucky numbers. Kelly’s figure-hugging cheongsam dress is in striking red, the perfect accompaniment to any lanterns or couplets that may cross the wearer’s path during festive celebrations.
For 2017, the Orrery is back with some aesthetic tweaks as well as some nomenclature refinement, currently being known as the “Graham Geo.Graham Orrery Tourbillon.” |} The Earth is represented by a 3.2mm-wide polished sphere of Kingman Turquoise, although the moon (0.9mm wide) and mars (1.7mm broad) are each respectively made out of meteorites which have fallen to Earth and are believed to have originated from the planetary bodies they represent.The biggest solar system feature on the dial would be the sun, which can be represented in authentic baroque style with a hand-engraved 18k pink stone bridge over the tourbillon that in case you look closely has double phoenix heads in it. All of this is said to be motivated by a machine made by the manufacturer’s namesake, George Graham, very a long time ago.
Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art Ltd – Kelly © Graham
This Swiss made Nose Art Chronofighter limited edition comes in a 44 mm steel case featuring the collection’s iconic trigger mechanism, and has an automatic chronograph G1747 movement with a 48-hour power reserve, visible through the case back. Complementing the midnight blue dial is a hand-sewn blue calf-leather strap with steel pin buckle. Just 100 pieces of this special watch will be produced, each signed off by Kelly at nine o’clock.
Le Calibre G1747 © Graham