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Silverstone Full Black

Case
Steel, High tech
Bracelet strap
Leather
Buckle
Folding buckle
Waterproofness
50 m
Size
ø 48 mm
Thickness
16 mm
Movement
selfwinding
Power reserve: 48 h, 28800 variations / hours
Functions
Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Chronograph, Tourbillon
Reference
2TSAB.B02A
Year
2011
Collection
Tourbillograph
Price excl.VAT
47'850 CHF
Description
SILVERSTONE FULL BLACKA COMBINATION OF A TOURBILLON AND A CHRONOGRAPH MADE TO WITHSTAND EXTREME CONDITIONS WHILE WEARING A DINNER JACKETIf the Silverstone Full black were a character, no doubt it would be wearing a dinner jacket. A bespoke solid black one. Not so much that it would want to have a manicured life and sit in the best receptions, drinking champagne and smoking a cigar. Maybe partly because of its British heritage and tendency to always look smart. But most probably it would be wearing a dinner jacket to live an adventurous life, driving fast cars on and off the track. Breathing a special mixture of adrenaline and pure oxygen. Bringing body and mind to a state of hyper-consciousness. Enjoying every bit of life! Because here at GRAHAM, we think life would not be worth living without spice. Loads of it. We are risk-takers, and so are our watches.The Silverstone Full black is an automatic column-wheel chronographtourbillon. A Tourbillon. Not any Tourbillon. It is an automatic one minute Tourbillon developed in the vein of the GRAHAM DNA, with a powerful design and a rich technological content. The domed sapphire crystal offers unique full size dimensions (42 mm opening) and a see-through view on the beauty of the mechanism. The 48 components of its skeleton cage interlace in layers and has been reduced to an extreme weight of only 0.485 grams. This construction, called cintré integrates the Tourbillon into the complex chronograph movement while using a large diameter balance wheel. Made exclusively for GRAHAM by our partners Manufacture La Joux-Perret, it is the result of a 4 year R&D program leading to two patents. Altogether, the engineering knowhow has lead to doing away with the intrinsic weaknesses of tourbillons. First its fragility. The reduced number of components, lightness and double-bridge construction guarantee stability and perfect rigidity. We call it a shockproof Tourbillon. Second, the sensitiveness to magnetism is also reduced through the systematic use of iron free components in the Tourbillon cage. The calibre is equipped with a high quality chronometric escapement beating at 28'800 A. A Tourbillon. Not any Tourbillon. The combines a Tourbillon and a chronograph.Not any chronograph. A column-wheel chronograph. This movement offers at the same time the beauty of one of the best see-through Tourbillon cage and the resistance of a military watch. How do we know? We have put it to the test. Not any test. This movement has successfully passed the Chronofiable test, the gold standard in the watch industry. And it is to date the only automatic Tourbillon that has passed.Aesthetically, the Silverstone Full Black is a sophisticated and classy racing instrument. The 48mm thin steel case is PVD-coated with black titanium carbide. So is the bezel. Its black dial and polished rhodiated numerals play with the light. Sometime visible, sometimes invisible. One minute Dr Jekyll, Mr Hyde the next. All is a question of perspective. Like wearing a dinner jacket to live a risky life. Our passion for refined details led us to decorate and blacken every single part of the movement with rhodium. The oscillating mass with a ceramic ball bearing wheel, the balance, the double bridge, the coq, are all black. A perfection even pushed to such details as having a fine regulating system with a micro metric screw on the balance wheel to optimize its adjustment and avoid variations. Even the column wheel alternates black and polished.Main features also include:48 mm steel with black PVD case, calibre G1780, automatic see-though Tourbillon column-wheel chronograph, 34 jewels, 28'800 A/h (4Hz), Incabloc shock absorber, 48 hours power reserve, cage with 48 components, 13.78 mm cage opening, weighing 0-485 grams, domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both faces, 42 mm opening, see-through sapphire case back, black croco strap.GRAHAM-LONDON traces its origins to London clockmaker George Graham (1673-1751) who is responsible for many innovations in timekeeping. He invented the chronograph, the dead-beat cylinder escapement, the mercury pendulum to compensate for temperature differences. He also built the master clock for Greenwich Royal Observatory which defined time for most of the 18th century. GRAHAM-LONDON was resurrected in 1995 and is today a privately owned Anglo- Swiss watch company which designs and builds its own watches in its La Chaux-de-Fonds production facilities in Switzerland.