or-rer-y:Â a mechanical model of the solar system, or of just the sun, earth, and moon, used to represent their relative positions and motions. Â This concludes our word-a-day calendar enlightenment. Â Now, on to why we’re talking about mechanical models – theÂ Geo Graham Orrery Tourbillon.
As BaselWorld draws nearer, the trickle of watch release news has started to find weakness in the NDA dam, and we are getting hit with a ton of news. Â A lot of that is from luxury brands that we normally don’t cover here on WWR, but some of them are just plain cool. Â Such as thisÂ Geo Graham Orrery Tourbillon (and yes, we’ve covered plenty of Graham before).
I will not claim to be any expert or aficionado of the celestial bodies hurtling through space and time. Â I mean, I do not even own a telescope. Â However, you take those and put them into a model on a watch, and I’m practically on the edge of my seat.
In the case of theÂ Geo Graham Orrery Tourbillon, we do not have the full universe. Â Rather, we have the Earth (made from turquioise) and it’s moon (made from meteorite), as well as Mars (made from another type of meteorite), traversing the dial. Â Yeah, it’s simplified, but it’s still pretty cool if you ask me, and would be a treat to see in person.
As would be that toubillon that calls the center of the dial home. Â Sort of like the sun to this tiny mechanical universe. Â Frankly, it wouldn’t be that hard to draw some imaginative parallels to the mechanical whirlwind with the solar flares that fire off from the sun’s surface, either. Â At least for me.
As far as pricing on this little beauty of mechanical model-making goes, we’re told that it’s available upon request. Â That said, I feel fairly confident placing theÂ Geo Graham Orrery Tourbillon in the “Over $1000” category, especially with only eight being made (and that prior versions have been north of $300k). Â This is one of those watches, I feel, that if you have the chance to see it in person, you must make it a quest. Â Through space and time, or even in a Police Call Box, if you must. Â graham1695.com
Tech Specs from Graham
- Manual Tourbillon Orrery
- Decorated and refined movement exclusively made for GRAHAM by Manufacture Christophe Claret
- Mechanical Solar System model (Moon, Earth, Mars) with 300 years calendar in total
- Pink gold 18K
- Genuine fragments of the Moon and Mars. The Earth is made of Kingman Turquoise.
- Hand-engraved pink gold (18K) Tourbillon bridge with 2 Phoenix heads
- Manual Tourbillon Orrery, mechanical solar system model with 100 years calendar (two additional graduations of 100 years â€“ 300 years in total)
- Year counter on the case back with planet correction indicators. (Moon: 7 years, Earth: 1156 years, Mars: 25 years)
- Hours, minutes
- Calibre: G1800, Tourbillon Orrery
- High precision mechanical movement by Manufacture Christophe Claret
- 21â€™600 A/h (3Hz)
- Incabloc shock absorber
- 35 jewels
- Power reserve: 72 hours with 2 barrels
- Case: 48 mm pink gold (18K) 17.60 mm thick
- Pink gold (18K) right hand control crowns (planetsâ€™ crown at 2 oâ€™clock which also enables to set the calendar, manual winding and time crown at 3 oâ€™clock)
- Moon corrector at 4 oâ€™clock
- Mars corrector at 10 oâ€™clock
- Dome sapphire crystal (semi-spherical), anti-reflective coating on both faces See-through sapphire crystal case back with 100-year scale, Moon and Mars correction indicators and serial number hand-engraved
- Bezel: Pink gold (18K) bezel
- Water resistance: 160 feet / 50 m / 5 bar
- Blue lacquered dial with Geo.Graham Tourbillon Orrery inscription at 4 oâ€™clock
- 3 scales: Hours and minutes scale, Gregorian calendar (365.25 days), Zodiac scale (12 astrological signs)
- Solar system: The Moon (from NWA4881 meteorite, Ã˜0.90mm), The Earth (Kingman Turquoise, Ã˜3.20mm), Mars (from Tissint meteorite, Ã˜1.70mm), The Sun (pink gold (18K) â€“ hand-engraved Tourbillon bridge with 2 Phoenix heads inspired by George Graham decoration and a cabochon close set diamond at the centre
- Off-centre skeleton pink gold (18K) hands with white Super-LumiNova coating
- Strap: Hand-sewn blue alligator, pink gold (18K) folding buckle