Watches: Graham 1695 Silverstone RS Racing Collection (+live pics)
By Thierry Ané on May 27, 2015
If you are in the market for a well-crafted sporty timepiece with bright colours and clever references to the world of motor racing, Graham 1695 is definitely a great brand to consider! Although many brands pride themselves on high-profile partnerships with famous racing drivers or teams and spend huge amounts of money sponsoring leading racing events, their commemorative timepieces often lack the genuine motorsport legitimacy one can find in Graham’s “Silverstone” line.
Named after one of the most famous British motor-racing tracks, the collection is deeply rooted in this highly masculine universe and counts too many stunning models for an exhaustive presentation here. Like the very characteristic Silverstone Stowe Racing Blue and Orange model unveiled in 2011, they all combine vivid colours, meaningful motorsport references and this extra English touch so unique to Graham 1695.
My absolute favourites, though, are the less vintage and more technically-oriented timepieces forming the “Silverstone RS” sub-collection. Longtime readers of Watch Agora may remember the stunning Silverstone RS Skeleton SeriesWatches: Graham Silverstone RS Skeleton Series I presented in November 2013 or the equally outstanding Silverstone RS Endurance 12H & 24HWatches: Graham London Silverstone RS Endurance 12H & 24H (+live pics) I discussed in June 2014. Contemporary look, innovative blend of material and tasteful nods to the world of racing: these great creations boasted all the assets of a successful sports watch!
This year, the brand comes up with another trilogy, the “Silverstone RS Racing” that is bound to keep the heart of watch and car enthusiasts racing with excitement. The imposing 46 mm timepieces are crafted in rugged stainless steel with alternating polished and satin-brushed surfaces and an unusual knurled aluminium ring under the bezel equipped with a tachymeter scale. All three versions are powered by the self-winding G1749 calibre featuring a chronograph function as well as the day and date indications.
Apart from the obvious tachymeter scale, the references to racing are numerous. First of all, each model presents a beautiful dial with a subtle checkerboard pattern as well as a small seconds counter shaped like a brake disc at 9 o’clock. They are all mounted on tyre-tread integrated rubber straps with coloured inserts secured by a stainless steel folding buckle. Lastly, they all feature vibrant colours reminiscent of those found on all racing tracks and cars.
The checkered dial of the Silverstone RS Racing White is black with white Arabic numerals and matching minute track. The chronograph hands and the 5-minute markings are bright orange just like the ring under the bezel. The white rubber strap received a black insert in harmony with the colour of the composite bezel.
The Silverstone RS Racing Blue plays on the always successful blue and red combination: the dial and strap are deep blue with touches of red on the former and a red insert on the latter. The blue composite bezel and red knurled aluminium ring prolong this colour theme while white Arabic numerals and markings make the watch perfectly legible.
The Silverstone RS Racing Green is undoubtedly the most daring version with a green and orange combination of colours that already worked well for previous models from this brand. The green composite bezel and the orange aluminium ring, dial’s markings and strap’s insert contrast beautifully with the black checkerboard dial and tyre-tread strap. Again, white Arabic numerals ensure perfect legibility in all conditions.
Between the white, blue, and green version it is quite difficult to select a favourite. But for those of you too indecisive to choose, Graham 1695 had the good idea of also selling these Silverstone RS Racing models as a special trilogy set that comes in a lovely waterproof carrying case also containing a pair of sunglasses and a drawing of the Silverstone circuit.
For more information please visit the Graham 1695 web site.
For a technical description of the timepieces and additional pictures:
Additional timepieces mentioned in this article:
Graham 1695 Silverstone RS Endurance 12H Black PVD Steel
Graham 1695 Silverstone RS Endurance 24H Black PVD Steel
Graham 1695 Silverstone RS Skeleton Blue Steel
Graham 1695 Silverstone RS Skeleton Green Steel
Graham 1695 Silverstone RS Skeleton Red Steel
Graham 1695 Silverstone Stowe Racing Blue and Orange Steel