Watches: Graham London Chronofighter Oversize Superlight
By Thierry Ané on November 17, 2013
The Chronofighter Oversize is undoubtedly one of Graham’s flagship models. Instantly recognisable with its large case and unique pusher and crown arrangement, the model has recently undergone a noticeable makeover. More rugged than ever, the re-engineered timepiece appears to be cut out for the most extreme conditions. Looking for the perfect embodiment of modern-times adventurers, Graham has turned part of its marketing efforts towards motorsports. Where else could we find the amount of speed, adrenaline and advanced technology that the brand would like to associate with the Chronofighter Oversize?
The first model is associated with the legendary Tecate Score Baja 1000 race that takes place in a wild and unforgiving environment close to the peaceful town of Ensenada in Mexico. Little more than half of the racers will finish this incredible test of man and machine where mechanical failures and vehicles flip-overs are part of the course.
The second timepiece celebrates the GT Asia Series and more specifically the race held each year at the Guia circuit in Macau. The GT Asia Series is an exceptional event followed by thousands of racing enthusiasts and marking the season finale, the Macau GP is a High Mass of racing.
The most noticeable characteristic of both models is the 47 mm case crafted for the first time in black carbon nanotube composite. This highly shock-absorbing material is also extremely light since these timepieces weigh less than 100 grams each, a real achievement given the size of the case. To improve the scratch-resistance and bring a shiny note, both models are adorned with a polished black ceramic bezel. The start and stop lever on the left of the case is made of a single piece of carbon, which provides more stiffness and enhances usability. Powered by the self-winding G1747 calibre, these two watches can store 48 hours of power reserve to drive the central hours and minutes, the off-centre seconds, the date and the chronograph.
After focusing on the similarities between these new models, let us discuss their specificities. The Chronofighter Oversize Superlight Baja 1000 presents a beige lacquered dial with a red “Baja 1000” logo, black Arabic numerals and a black chrono sub-dial. Its smoked sapphire case back also displays a Baja 1000 inscription. The timepiece is fitted with an original beige rubber strap with a “Clous de Paris” decoration and a black ceramic pin buckle.
The dial of the Chronofighter Oversize Superlight GT Asia is black with black snailed counters for the chrono and the seconds. The Arabic numerals are white and so is the “GT Asia” logo between 9 and 10 o’clock. The movement is visible from the back through a smoked sapphire crystal that bears a GT Asia inscription. This version is fitted with a red rubber strap adorned with “Clous de Paris” and maintains the black ceramic pin buckle.
The former is limited to 200 while the latter edition only consists of 88 pieces. Both models retail at CHF 7,800.