The renowned British watchmaker created a new Silverstone Stowe 44 Chronograph, a stunning sport watch with a delicate style and a striking interface, designed to be a symbol of the motor-racing aficionados and professional drivers. Inspired by the iconic racing circuit of the British Grand Prix (Silverstone) and the turn on this track (Stowe), the newest Graham’s model comes in four colorful variations, all powered by high-end mechanisms with column wheel chronographs. Graham Silverstone Stowe 44 Chronographs will be officially presented at the upcoming Baselworld 2013 watch show.
Until recently, my first association when someone put Silverstone racing track in the context of watches, has been Tag Heuer and its iconic Silverstone Collection. However, the British watchmaker with the residence in Switzerland gave me a new subject to think about. While the Tag Heuer’s line with its impeccable vintage design pays homage to the great tradition of the one of the world’s most famous motorsport venues, hosting the greatest stars, such as Fangio and Farina, Moss, Hill, Hunt, Senna, Stewart and many others, the contemporary style of the new Graham Silverstone Stowe 44 Chronograph watch demonstrates the core of the modern days’ motor-sport.
Bearing the wining combination of a stainless steel case (in three versions treated with black PVD), a black ceramic bezel and a black carbon dial, each Silverstone Stowe 44 watch is highlighted with different color – red, blue, green or silver. The first strike of vivid color comes from an aluminium bezel rim, inscribed by the tachymeter scale. Matching color also marks the large, 30-minutes counter. Those who are familiar with some previous Silverstone Stowe models will probably notice that the renowned watchmaker changed the position of counters. Thus, the 30-minutes sub-dial now takes the 9 o’clock position, while the 60-seconds sub-dial is located at the 3 o’clock. The small date window is still positioned at the 7 o’clock position.
This arrangement comes from the use of a new mechanism – Graham Calibre G10702 (base caliber LaJoux-Perret) self-winding movement which is completely revealed through a sapphire-crystal case-back. This column-wheel chronograph mechanism comprises 59 jewels and an Incabloc shock absorber. It oscillates at the frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and provides the 40 hours of power reserve.
A robust, 44mm case incorporates striking chrono pushers with “Clous de Paris” high grip pattern, as well as a screwed crown, secured by an additional hexagonal bolt. Each single detail perfectly matches the racing spirit, especially an integrated black tire tread strap, as well as a bold looking carbon dial with oversized Arabic numerals, coated with Super-LumiNova. The blue version (Ref. 2SAAC.B04A) features yellow numerals, while the other three models (the red version – Ref. 2SAAB.B01A, the green version – Ref. 2SAAB.B02A and the silver version – Ref. 2SAAC.B03A) come with white numerals. First three variations are black PVD coated, while the silver version comes with the matching shade of polished steel. Considering the price range of some previous models, the price of these great sport watches could be somewhere around $10,000.