On 9-10 September 2017, the 200 racing cars and 50 motorbikes revving up for the Gurnigel Bergrennen hill climb, Switzerland’s oldest motorsport race, put their time in the hands of Graham in a long-term partnership. The brand has been named Official Timekeeper and Presenting Sponsor of the prestigious 3,743-metre race with its 17 bends and gradients of up to 12.6%.
Graham is well qualified for its role, thanks to various cooperations ranging from the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) to the GT Asia. The company’s founder Eric Loth also has a passion for cars that extends from engineering expertise to driving in races such as the Swiss Porsche Cup and the Gurnigel Bergrennen. As a brand that likes to stand out from the crowd, Graham was particularly attracted to involvement in an iconic road race in a country where circuit races are forbidden.
On board as the official watch of the two-day programme was the Silverstone RS GMT. The new Silverstone RS GMT timepieces epitomize this performance-driven partnership. They have a black-smoked openwork dial, ceramic bezel with GMT graduation and rubber or quilted leather straps.
The bottoms onto the dial representing the celestial bodies have been positioned in a way that the wearer could see their relative positions to one another such as a conventional planetarium does. However, in this case, only a small part of this solar system is in perspective, so maybe that is why Graham watches watchuseek Replica initially called it a “planetarian?” If you consider the diamond and engraved tourbillon situation as the sun, then it’s possible to see the elegant layout with the Earth and its orbiting moon, in addition to the red-colored world that represents Mars.The elliptical orbit of Mars relative to Earth and the Sun are exhibited through the track lines on the dial. The planet’s route doubles as both a Gregorian calendar in addition to Zodiac calendar. To get you into the mood for the timeless theme, the weeks on the dial have been written in their “original” Latin. Unlike the dark grey face of the first Orrery view, this Graham Geo.Graham Orrery Tourbillon 2017 variant includes a blue face.The movement interior of the Graham Geo.Graham Orrery Tourbillon is your caliber G1800 Tourbillon Orrery which operates in 3Hz (21,600bph) with a power reserve of 3 days. The watch case is large at 48mm broad (17.6mm thick) and is produced from 18k pink stone. Water-resistance is 50m… so take a light swim while understanding how far Mars is from our blue planet. This benchmark 2GGBP. U01A Graham Geo.Graham Orrery Tourbillon watch will probably be limited to eight pieces, and I feel the price is the same $330,000 as the first version.