Graham London has launched very saucy and scandalous limited editions of its Chronofighter 1695 model. The watches with the severe and classic front are actually hiding raunchy little secrets, since each of them depicts a very graphic erotic scene. Though the scenes originate from the European and the Asian art traditions and are in fact objects of cultural heritage, they are as explicit as it gets. Five different limited editions of the watches, each available in 25 copies in gold or silver housings, show scenes from English, Chinese and Italian literature, Indian Kama Sutra and Japanese Ukiyo-e woodblock paintings. Just to make things a bit naughtier, Graham hid these engravings on the back of the case and disguised them by incorporating them in the model with a subdued appearance whose front reveals nothing about the little secret depicted on the back.
“All Art is Erotic”
The scenes of explicit nature that originate from five different cultural traditions are engraved by hand by skilful artists on the surfaces made from either 18 K pink gold or 925 silver at the brand’s workshops at La Chaux-de-Fonds. Though quite aware of the controversy that these rare meeting points between erotica and watchmaking could have, especially on those watch aficionados with more conservative taste, the representatives of the brand do not view them as scandalous, but consider them as tributes to universal love and passion: “The inventive and questioning Chronofighter 1695 Erotic is not a troublemaker in Graham’s collection. Eroticism and love are sources of inspiration as they constitute the basis of human relationship in the world. We have given the freedom to sample passionate scenes on our wrist machines”. At the end of the justification of this passionate series of watches, Graham’s team quotes the famous Austrian artist Gustav Klimt whose works were likewise heavily influenced by eroticism and the female body, and who once stated “All art is erotic”.
An Automatic Chronograph at the Core
Aside from being ornamented with these graphic and demanding engravings, the watches in question are basically just Chronofighters 1695, although presented in more elegant packages with golden and silver cases, instead of regular steel. The watch by Graham has a round case with the diameter of 42 mm. One of the first things that that one might notice when looking at the timepiece is certainly its start-stop trigger and reset chrono pusher placed on the left side of the case. Chronofighter 1695 is made with a domed and double glare-proofed sapphire crystal at the front, surrounded with a fixed bezel in the material of the case. Its dial is silver colored and made with a date display on the right and a snailed chrono 30-minutes counter at the very bottom. Hour and minute hands are rhodiated, coated with white luminous material and with diamond tips while the seconds hand features a slight curvature because of the shape of the sapphire.
Apart from depicting elaborate and controversial engravings on the case back, the rear side of the 50 meters water proof watch also includes an elliptical transparent section covered with sapphire that enables the wearer to see the balance wheel of self-winding G1745 chronograph movement with 25 jewels. The caliber with Incablock shock absorber operates at the frequency of 4 Hz and includes a power storage that lasts for about two days.
Each of the limited edition watches with a silver housing costs $14,580, while the price of golden models is about twice as high – $28,750.