New automotive inspired Gyrograff timepieces
April 09, 2018
Graff’s latest GyroGraff timepieces take on a new perspective, with inspiration ignited from the Graff family’s passion for cars.
Three unique scenes capture this high-speed world by putting the wearer in the driving seat. A highly original take on a watch dial, each one is an intricate work of art showcasing some of the world’s most complex métiers d’art techniques.
One offers an inside-the-cockpit view of a race at night, the technique of marquetry was used to carve out the carbon dashboard, while the timepiece’s double-axis tourbillon is transformed into the steering wheel.
Another design shows a vintage car, emblazoned with the number 8. The driver and the steering wheel have been crafted using different levels of cut out appliques, each element has been hand painted using the technique of peinture miniature.
The third new GyroGraff timepiece, in warm rose gold, features a car speeding through the city at night under an aventurine sky, with the double-axis tourbillon performing its hypnotic rotations between the driver’s hands. The blurred lights appear as neon flashes in the sky – an atmospheric miniature painting that required complete mastery of the skill.
The details on the dashboard of each car are hyper realistic and were achieved using a technique known as decal, or transfer printing. Each element – a layer of ink – is painstakingly transferred from an engraved plate to the dial using a silicone pad. This requires a completely dust-free environment, the steadiest of hands and infinite patience.
Car aficionados will be drawn to these unique watches. The three exhilarating journeys depicted on the dials capture the thrill of travelling at full throttle and the excitement of being behind the wheel of a powerful motor.
Each artistic, dial is complemented by an extremely complex movement that is exclusive to Graff Luxury Watches: an innovative three- dimensional moon phase indicator that charts the daily progression of the moon and is visible through the front and back of the dial. A double- axis tourbillon sits at 7 o’clock while a 72-hour power reserve indicator is positioned at 1 o’clock.
Graff’s métiers d'art timepieces are the pinnacle of watchmaking prowess. Fusing the world’s most sophisticated horological engineering with breathtaking artistry, the creation of each dial is a multi-layered process. Each GyroGraff timepiece has a domed dial on which there are three to four levels of relief, allowing Graff’s master craftsmen to build up the level of detail. This gives each dial a unique, astonishingly realistic three dimensional quality.