Watches: Graham Silverstone RS Skeleton Series
By Thierry Ané on November 24, 2013
Not so long ago, I presented the two new Chronofighter Oversize SuperlightWatches: Graham London Chronofighter Oversize Superlight that Graham introduced for the Baja 1000 and GT Asia Series races. It seems that the brand has decided to intensify its efforts on the verge of Christmas to seduce as many watch aficionados as possible. Indeed, they have just unveiled a new series of three timepieces named “Silverstone RS Skeleton”.
Largely inspired by the world of racing, these new watches confirm the brand’s commitment to the motorsports aesthetics and technical codes. Very sporty but luxurious at the same time, the new 46 mm case combines innovative materials in a complex and technical architecture. In brushed steel with polished bevel horns, it features a porthole on the case band to give an insight on the innards of the engine that powers the watch. The watch features a black ceramic bezel engraved with a grey tachymeter scale. Underneath this highly polished bezel (a nice contrast with the brushed case) one discovers a knurled aluminium ring in vivid colour (green, blue or red depending on the version). It reinforces the overall racing look but also brings a refined touch to the watch.
Offering an overview on the gearwheels of the rhodium-coloured movement, the skeletonized dial looks very technical too. The various shades of grey work very well with the black minutes ring and chronograph counters. In green, blue or red, the seconds hand, as well as the chronograph hands, illuminate the dial without spoiling its elegance. The watch is fitted with Graham’s trademark black tyre tread rubber with a green, blue or red insert to put the look together.
Inside the watch ticks the automatic G1790 chronograph calibre that can be admired through the sapphire exhibition case back.
Although I liked the Silverstone models with their big crown and pushers, there is no denying that this case looks much more elegant. The huge colour accents and big Arabic numerals that made the other Silverstone models a little garish are gone for good. So much the better: the new Silverstone look more “horological” to me and I wouldn’t mind wrapping it around my wrist.
The Silverstone RS Skeleton is limited to 250 pieces per colour and priced at CHF 12,500.