Watches: Graff MasterGraff Grand Date Dual Time Tourbillon (+live pics)

By Thierry Ané on May 13, 2014

“The most fabulous jewels in the world”: if you like diamonds as much as I do, you will not disagree with the choice of Graff’s motto as the brand offers some of the most impressive creations. It is particularly with their use of fancy colour diamonds that the brand impresses me most. Deep blue, intense pink, vivid yellow, whatever your preferences, Laurence Graff presents only the best gems in the most amazing cuts and sizes!

When a jewellery brand with such high standards enters the watch business, you can be sure that they will take fine watchmaking very seriously and spare no efforts to unveil timepieces that measure up to their exceptional jewels. In this respect, the new MasterGraff Grand Date Dual Time Tourbillon introduced at Baselworld this year is the perfect example of the brand’s accomplishments in Haute Horology.

Technically, the manually-wound Graff calibre 5 that ticks inside this masterpiece represents an impressive horological achievement: after more than 2,000 hours of development, the watchmaking team was able to combine a large date, a second time zone and a flying tourbillon. This marvel of technology takes more than 290 hours to assemble and offers 60 hours of power reserve.

It is housed in Graff’s very distinctive 43 mm case with angles meant to resemble the facets of a diamond and crafted in rose or white gold depending on the version. Despite its complexity, the movement remains very thin and the watch extremely elegant with an overall thickness of only 9.50 mm.

A lot of attention has been paid to maintain the harmony of the dial’s layout. A very large aperture at 6 o’clock offers a breathtaking view of the splendid flying tourbillon escapement. Highly legible, the large date appears in a gold window at 12 o’clock just below the brand’s icon diamond motif, also circled in gold. Attached to the right of this grand date is the dual time dial. A single gold hand indicates the time in this second zone on a twelve hour scale and a discreet red hand tells you whether it is day or night.

The dial background is black with a sort of honeycomb centre made of the brand’s icon motif. It also features stylised hour markers and sword-shaped hands in the same gold as the case. All in all, it is extremely uncluttered and highly legible while displaying an extremely unique and understated look.

The same aesthetic efforts have been put to the decoration of the back of the movement that can be admired though the sapphire exhibition back. With perfectly bevelled and polished edges, all the bridges are covered with the brand’s icon motif to create a very distinctive effect.

Whether you prefer the rose gold or white gold version, this MasterGraff Grand Date Dual Time Tourbillon is undoubtedly a flagship of the brand’s watchmaking expertise. But it is one of the most prestigious providers of exceptional diamonds we are talking about here, so even if you are after an outstanding piece of watchmaking, what better way of paying homage to this respected House than adding some sparkles to the dial?

Fortunately, Graff also offers this amazing model with a bezel set with hexagonal-cut diamonds either in rose gold or in white gold. And if you really want something that showcases the extent of the brand’s gem-setting expertise (and are not afraid of the bling effect!) why not go full pavé? With a dial set with baguette-cut diamonds and rose gold or white gold case you really get the best of both worlds: watchmaking and high jewellery.