GRAHAM’s Chronofighter Oversize Referee
Houseluxus, the distributor and agent established by Jean-Marc Houssin, has signed an agreement to develop the GRAHAM watch brand in travel retail.
As official timekeeper of the RBS 6 Nations rugby championship for the fourth consecutive year, GRAHAM provides all referees with dedicated chronographs. The Chronofighter Oversize Referee is described as “the ultimate chronograph available on the market”.
“The RBS 6 Nations’ Championship meets GRAHAM values of valiance and passion which give life to our timepieces,” the company said.
“As official timekeeper of the championship, GRAHAM provides all RBS 6 Nations match referees with dedicated GRAHAM chronographs to assist them in performing their match duties in the most accurate manner possible.”
The Chronofighter Oversize Referee was developed to reflect the RBS 6 Nations Championship. The six squads’ colours are featured in the second counter at 3 o’clock, and the official logo is also on the case back.
As the watch is worn by referees in all the matches, GRAHAM developed a lightweight titanium case with rubber coated parts. The watch is said to be light to wear, safe and readable. This year the watch comes with a blue hypoallergenic strap.
GRAHAM opted for a white dial to emphasise the 30 double-graduated minutes counter at 6 o’clock. The watch is powered by a modified Valgrange movement that displays three counters. The minute counter shows an internal 40 minutes graduation which accurately times the halves of each match. The referees can control the match time and let all the action take place.
To operate the watch smoothly, GRAHAM used the left drive lever mechanism, which is claimed to be unique to the brand.
“It is so intuitive to use that you don’t even need to look at it. Start. Stop. The chronograph is right there under the full control of your thumb,” the Anglo-Swiss brand said.
Main features include: 47mm titanium case, calibre G1735, automatic tri-compax chronograph, 25 jewels, 28’800 A/h (4Hz), shock absorber, 48-hour power reserve, sapphire crystal with anti-reflective
coating on both faces, transparent case back with RBS 6 Nations logo and integrated blue rubber strap.
GRAHAM traces its origins to London clockmaker George Graham (1673-1751) who was responsible for many innovations in timekeeping. He invented the chronograph, the dead-beat cylinder escapement and 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. The GRAHAM brand was resurrected in 1995 and is a privately-owned Anglo-Swiss watch company which designs and builds its own watches in its production facilities at La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.
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