Thumbs up for pin-ups
WITH roots dating back to 17th century England, Graham certainly knows a thing or two about nostalgic appeal. The watchmaker recently unveiled the Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art Ltd watches.
These feature pin-up girls on the dials. Glamorous illustrations – in the style of those first applied to military planes in the 1940s to bolster military morale – turn the designs into statements of hope and freedom.
Each gorgeous visual on the Graham Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art Ltd family is said to tease and please. It also underscores the Anglo-Swiss brand’s passionate tale of aviation heroes.
Four different pin-up girls perch on the dial of each watch, as though sitting on a plane wing. Sally for example, is a beautiful blond dressed in pink with a black skirt and sits against a black dial.
While vibrant redhead Anna also resides on a black dial and wears an army green ensemble, Lilly and Nina are featured on rich blue dials and don different attires. Each pin-up girl is made in a limited edition of 100 pieces.
Nose art on aircrafts was initially useful as a way to identify friendly craft. They ranged from pin-ups of American movie stars such as Rita Hayworth or Betty Grable to cartoon characters and faces or teeth of animals.
Graham’s Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art Ltd is equipped with the self-winding G1747 movement previously seen on other Graham models. The frequency of the balance is 4Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour) and the movement contains 25 jewels.
The power reserve is claimed to be sufficient in delivering 48 hours of autonomy. Graham has also worked to further enhance the movement with a Cotes De Geneve motif on the oscillating mass.
According to the brand, the Chronofighter is an iconic Graham watch. The renowned lever of the eye-catching and inventive model’s left side represents the essence of the collection.
Developed for modern time’s men, the Chronofighter generally features an automatic movement and a clever combination of materials such as steel, ceramic, carbon and fabric that can be used in the most extreme conditions.
Graham traces its origins to London clockmaker George Graham (1673-1751) who is considered as the father of modern watch making. He invented the start and stop device of the chronograph, the dead-beat and cylinder escapements.
He also built the master clock for Greenwich Royal Observatory, which timed the majority of the achievements by the 18th century astronomers and sailors and lots of measuring instruments for scientists.
The Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art Ltd captures the glamour of the 1960s with different depictions of pin-up girls gracing the dial of each model.