Thumbs up for pin-ups

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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.

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