Watches: Graham Silverstone Vintage 44
By Thierry Ané on February 28, 2014
A few months ago, I presented Graham’s Silverstone RS Skeleton SeriesWatches: Graham Silverstone RS Skeleton Series. With a knurled aluminium ring beneath the bezel in red, green or blue, the same colour for the hands and the insert on the brand’s trademark black tyre tread rubber strap, as well as the skeletonized dial, these timepieces looked extremely contemporary and filled with racing references.
The new additions to the Silverstone family that the brand will officially present during the Swiss watch fair in Basel are another kind of tribute to the world of racing. They no longer allude to the trophies, the awards and the podiums associated with our current notion of racing. They in fact refer to the times when pilots were “gentlemen drivers”, more focused on the elegance of the cars than the race itself.
And with all their old-fashioned design cues, the new Silverstone Vintage 44 models surely have this perfume of nostalgia that brings us back to these good old days of the origin of racing! The first thing you will notice about these timekeepers is the presence of “Clous de Paris” decorations on the bezel. It is amazing how this small detail immediately gives the case an antique look (just compare it to the Silverstone Stowe 44 for instance).
Then, the colours selected for the dial of each version strongly add to the vintage feel. The black version and the off-white model both feature beige SuperLuminova for the numerals “6” and “12” and the hours and minutes hands and this old-looking colour is also found on the five-minute dots of the “railway” style track. As a final nod to the past, both models are mounted on a brown leather strap with vintage finish and ecru stitches.
Don’t be too fooled by their looks, though: these wristwatches are clearly from the 21st century! At 44 mm, the stainless steel case is quite far from yesteryear’s standards. The self-winding G1702 calibre that powers these models is also the latest generation of chronograph movements used by the brand.
At CHF 5,900 these Silverstone Vintage 44 look fairly priced to me and should delight all watch lovers with a weakness for the good old days. We will probably come back on these two models with our Baselworld report for this brand.