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Graham Chronofighter Superlight Carbon Watch

Graham Chronofighter Superlight Carbon Watch Watch Releases

Exotic materials, bold styling, and innovative machining processes are all in a day’s work for Graham. The new limited edition Graham Chronofighter Superlight Carbon, freshly announced for Baselworld 2016, unsurprisingly continues this trend with a charismatic offering that’s arguably one of the British brand’s most ambitious yet. At under 100 grams, this third and final entry in the Superlight Carbon collection doesn’t use the “oversized” monicker of some peers but boasts a large 47mm case without a lot of the weight.

Graham Chronofighter Superlight Carbon Watch Watch Releases

Graham Chronofighter Superlight Carbon Watch Watch Releases

As a brand with roots traced back to the earliest manufacture of chronographs, Graham’s connections to the pursuit of speed come somewhat naturally, and thusly, so does a chronograph hewn from carbon fiber – a heavily favored composite in aerospace and performance automotive industries, due to its exceptional strength-to-weight ratios. Graham took cues from industry leaders in composites to develop the case used in the Graham Chronofighter Superlight Carbon, carefully machined from a special carbon fiber composite which has a higher capacity for shock absorption to meet the long-term durability needs of wrist wear.

Graham Chronofighter Superlight Carbon Watch Watch Releases

Graham Chronofighter Superlight Carbon Watch Watch Releases

There’s no shortage of the typically exotic Graham flourishes on the Graham Chronofighter Superlight Carbon, like the large start/stop trigger – a very fun Graham signature specially designed for more “precise and immediate” chronograph actuation. The dial, bezel, and strap buckle are all also made entirely from machined carbon fiber. Beneath all that carbon, beats Graham’s calibre G1747 – a 25-jewel automatic chronograph movement with a reversed 30-minute counter that bears along at 28,800 vph, visible through the caseback’s smoked sapphire crystal. The G1747 is a relatively standard movement for Graham – it uses the Valjoux 7750 as a base, and is deployed in other two-register chronographs like the Chronofighter Oversize Target and the Chronofighter Oversize Navy Seals.

Graham Chronofighter Superlight Carbon Watch Watch Releases

Graham Chronofighter Superlight Carbon Watch Watch Releases

However, despite their similarities in design and dial layout, what’s particularly impressive about the Graham Chronofighter Superlight Carbon is how its 47mm case weighs in at a hair under a feathery 100 grams – no small feat, given its generous proportions, but also no huge surprise, considering carbon fiber’s significant weight savings over steel and even titanium.

Graham Chronofighter Superlight Carbon Watch Watch Releases

Given its complexity to manufacture, and Graham’s penchant for exclusivity, only 50 pieces of the Chronofighter Superlight Carbon will be produced, each carrying a price tag of $11,550. graham1695.com

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  • I used to be so impressed with Graham watches…then I turned 12 and it passed…(this watch is not so bad, but you know…)

    • Like when your wrist became large enough wear a Graham, the attraction had already passed?

      • Larry Holmack

        Well…at 12 I was already 6’1″ and 200 lbs…..and I still wouldn’t have been impressed by this watch!!! It’s what we call in Texas, “A Hot Mess!”

        If you’re going to use carbon fiber, at least go out and hire someone who has the experience to make it look nice!!!

      • My wrist still isn’t large enough to wear Graham

  • Marius

    Charismatic offering? Charismatic when compared to what? Smigel`s face? A donkey`s ass?

    Nevertheless, I’m impressed by how lightweight this watch is. 100g is no small achievement given that a normal steel watch weighs a full 103g. And that 7750 movement is simply spectacular. It fully justifies the $11,500 price tag. Why would one buy a Jaeger LeCoultre, or an IWC when you can acquire this fabulous watch that uses exotic materials, bold styling and innovative machining processes.

    • Dinkee, H. O.

      Not only that, but the price tag puts you into entry level Hublot Big Bang territory!

  • word-merchant

    As a brand with roots traced back to the earliest manufacture of chronographs… it uses the Valjoux 7750 as a base…

    Spot the inconsistency.

    • Chaz

      There is no inconsistency. It’s par for the course in today’s watch “industry”.

  • Dinkee, H. O.

    Just about perfect for the rich hillbilly who inherited his ranch and just spent about $300k on his “critter gitter” monster truck and loves his cammo while he shoots up the countryside after deer. It’s going to suit him fine! YESSIREEBOB!

    • IanE

      And it would be nicely sized for your wrist, sir!

      • Dinkee, H. O.

        It would look handsome on my full-sized 5 1/2 inch wrist — but then I’m more partial to my Hublot collection.

  • otaking241

    “[C]arefully machined from a special carbon fiber composite which has a
    higher capacity for shock absorption to meet the long-term durability
    needs of wrist wear.”

    Somehow I don’t think the stresses of slinging through the atmosphere at several times the speed of sound and getting banged into the occasional doorknob require anywhere near the same technical specifications, but I could be wrong.

  • “As a brand with roots traced back to the earliest manufacture of chronographs”

    You mean, as a Swiss company who took their brand name from an English watchmaker who lived in the 18th Century, and uses off the shelf movements whilst charging ludicrous amounts of money for ludicrous designs. Since 1998.

    And what’s a “Chronofighter”? Sounds like a group of antagonists from a YA novel out to stop the hero from reaching the Castle of Doom and destroying the Time Crystal.

    • DanW94

      This is Graham’s entry in the epic watch complication battles –
      Chronofighter vs. MoonPhase Mauler. The winner takes on the victor of the TimeZone Terror vs. Minute Repeater-Reaper match….

      • Larry Holmack

        Hummm…sounds like a set-up for this years Wrestlemania!!!! And the winner of the first quarterfinal match takes on The Undertaker….and the other winner takes on Devil’s Favorite Demon, Kane!!!

  • SuperStrapper

    Light on the wrist maybe, but heavy on the eyes definitely.

  • funNactive

    Nice color scheme & I like the layout.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    This is a mess

  • JimBob

    Oh. My. God, Becky.

    • Berndt Norten

      Look at that. But. Don’t buy it.

      • JimBob

        It’s just. So… black!

  • Person

    Poor craftsmanship on the carbon fibre bezel. The carbon weave pattern is a scrunched up mess. It looks like no care was taken when carbon fibre was laid out. In other words, cheaply made.

    • Larry Holmack

      You’re so right!!! It’s horrible looking!!

  • Ulysses31

    See, i’ve come to appreciate the Graham design ethos over the years. Roughly translated, I hate it less than I used to. In metal, it’s actually pretty cool. The problem with carbon fibre is that it obscures the shape of watches. It looks like a barely discernible mess. They could have used a finer weave of fibre to mitigate this problem but it seems everyone uses the same stuff. As for weight-savings and structural integrity – these things are great for racing cars and aircraft. Using it for a watch is pretty much pointless for most people who can handle an extra fifty grams or so. The drop in aesthetics just isn’t worth it.

  • Omegaboy

    Airport security would probably think it’s a small grenade.

  • rclayton

    Actually, I kind of like this watch – for about $750. Carbon fiber has reached the stage of use where it can no longer be considered an especially “exotic” material, and the Valjoux 7750, not too exciting either, could be replaced by a perfectly satisfactory Miyota movement. Graham is way overreaching.

  • Michael Kinney

    Heaven help me, I really like Grahams.

  • Antjay

    What an hideous monstrosity . Just because you can , doesn’t mean you should !
    I can think of any number of Speedmasters I would have before this .