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New Release: Graham Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art Ltd – Merry

A lovely idea for a Christmas gift and an early Merry Christmas from Graham
by Dan-Andrei Kluska on December 5, 2017

Graham is an independent Swiss brand with a rich legacy inherited from the great British watchmaker George Graham. The modern brand used their expertise to build, in collaboration with Christophe Claret, the  Geo Graham Orrey Tourbillon. We reviewed the interesting and modern Graham Chronofighter Superlight Carbon. In the same collection family, the brand has a beautiful series of Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art, inspired by the decorative painting of the nose and fuselage of military aircrafts of the 40s. Preparing for the beautiful Christmas time, Graham introduces a 25 pieces limited series of the Nose Art with a pin-up girl, Merry, dressed in a sweet and fancy Santa’s outfit.

 

Graham Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art Ltd - Merry

A 25 pieces limited edition of pure horologic Christmas joy: Graham Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art Ltd – Merry, Ref. 2CVAS.U06A.

 

Graham Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art Ltd

The Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art pays a homage to the planes from the second world war. Starting in the 40s, the planes had a decorative painting on their nose and fuselage featuring pin-up girls. This a sweet and sometimes funny decoration was personalised for each plane for the delight and enjoyment of the crew and general public. The plane’s name was the name of the girl painted on it.

Graham released a small series of four models, 100 pieces per model, with pin-up girls painted on the dial. Under the name of Sally, Anna, Lilly and Nina, the Chronofighters are a luscious collection that it will bring a smile on your face.

The sun brushed vintage dials have the girls hand-painted on the right side of the dial. Below can be seen the four models of the Vintage Nose Art collection and a short clip of the artisan’s live work.

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Graham Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art Ltd

Sally, Anna, Lilly and Nina are the four girls of the Graham Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art Ltd collection.

 

 

Graham Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art Ltd – Merry

Graham brings for 25 future lucky owners an even more limited edition of 25 pieces of the Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art: Merry. This Santa’s baby Merry watch is the brand’s Merry Christmas best wishes for the Graham collectors and enthusiasts.

 

Graham Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art Ltd - Merry, Ref. 2CVAS.U06A

Number seven of twenty-five: this limited edition series of Graham Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art Ltd – Merry, Ref. 2CVAS.U06A offers a sweet pin-up girl dial decoration. The usual good legibility of the chrono is somehow affected by Merry’s long legs, but a veteran of classic, analogue readings will have no issue in reading the chrono sub-dial.

 

The Merry Chronofighter features a pin-up girl, completing the previous four girls collection. “Merry” comes in 44 mm steel Chronofighter case with the left, oversized, Graham specific, steel fast-action start/stop trigger and reset pusher. This construction has a certain charm that is inspired by the vintage chronographs.

The watch is covered with a domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, that offers an excellent visibility to the lovely dial.

 

Graham Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art Ltd - Merry, Ref. 2CVAS.U06A

The polished case of the Graham Chronofighter Vintage with the left oversized crown and chrono pusher are the perfect background for a Christmas decorated piece.

 

The Merry’s dial is a beautiful dial with a 30 minutes counter at 6 o’clock. The layout is a classic 30minutes configuration rotated with 180 degrees. That means the day/date indication is found on 9 o’clock position, instead of the classical 3 o’clock.

 

Graham Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art Ltd - Merry, Ref. 2CVAS.U06A dial painting

Graham artizans are painting by hand every dial of the Graham Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art Ltd – Merry, Ref. 2CVAS.U06A.

 

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“Merry” has a blue sun-brushed dial decorated with a hand-painted Santa’s baby, named Merry, dressed in festive Christmas suit. Below is revealed a part of the tremendous work necessary to realise the Merry’s dial

 

 

The day/date is a white print on a black background which goes hand in hand white Super-LumiNova hands, numerals and indexes. Under the date is written the piece number N° xx/25. The detail emphasis, even more, the idea of the limited edition.

The Chronofighter has rhodium plated minutes and seconds’ counters hands. The chronograph features a white varnished chrono hand with red tip. The legibility is excellent.

 

Graham Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art Ltd - Merry, Ref. 2CVAS.U06A

The overall aspect of the Graham Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art Ltd – Merry is amazing. Taking into account the price, the watch will leave many collectors sigh due to limited number of available pieces

 

Chronofighter Superlight Vintage Nose Art is fitted with a see-through, screwed sapphire crystal case back that reveals the calibre G1747. The movement is based on the well known, one might say legendary, the Valjoux 7750.

The movement uses a modern 4Hz balance wheel, offering 48 hours of power reserve.  The calibre G1747 is machined but well decorated. The Côtes de Genève present on the ball bearing set rotor looks very well, offering a balanced, pleasant view.

 

Graham Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art Ltd - Merry, Ref. 2CVAS.U06A

Graham Chronofighter Merry is a lovely wrist presence. The vintage chrono look is charmingly completed by the hand-painted, Santa costumed, Merry.

 

Graham Chronofighter Superlight Vintage Nose Art Ltd Merry is a nicely executed aviation inspired chrono, with a warm look. It comes with an exquisite hand-sewn blue calf leather and a red canvas strap. The last one is perfect for the Christmas’ eve.

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The wristwatch is an excellent Christmas gift for a pin-up fan and a watch collector. While the size and the atypical left crown design might be a no for some collectors, we are more than sure that the “Merry” will be an indubitable hit. For more information please visit the Graham Website.

 

 

Graham Chronofighter Superlight Vintage Nose Art Ltd Merry Specification and Price

The Graham Ref. 2CVAS.U06A is a limited edition of 25 pieces and can be acquired for the price of S$8774 / CHF5,950.

 

Movement

Calibre: G1747 automatic chronograph

Type: mechanical self-wound movement

Jewels: 25

Power reserve: 48 hours

Frequency: 4Hz; 28,800 vibrations per hour

Functions: Chronograph (seconds, 30 minutes counter); Date at 8 o’clock; Hours, minutes, seconds

 

Case

Material: steel

Dimensions of the case:  44mm diameter

Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal, anti-reflective coating on both faces

Crown: Steel

Case back: See-through sapphire crystal case back

Water resistance: 330feet / 100m / 10bar

 

Strap

Material: Hand-sewn blue calf leather. Additional red canvas strap

Buckle: Steel pin buckle

 

Graham Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art Ltd - Merry, Ref. 2CVAS.U06A red strap

For festive occasion, in this case, Christmas and New Years Eve, Graham Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art Ltd – Merry, Ref. 2CVAS.U06A, comes with a bold red strap.

 

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  • Eric B
    December 6, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    You guys REALLY need to hire an English speaking writer who can proofread your articles. The grammar is embarrassing and the articles are painful to read. At the very least, you should be using of one of the many online proofreading and editing services. Despite what some may think or say in this day and age of instant information, proper grammar and spelling in the language in which you are writing IS still important. Not caring about it shows a lack of professionalism.

  • FV
    December 5, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    6K for an ugly 7750? Pass. Who’s the audience for this stuff?

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