Graham Silverstone Tourbillograph Wins Technical Excellence Award
Tuesday - 19 June 2012 By Nikki Walker
The Graham Silverstone Tourbillograph has won the Couture Time Award for Technical Excellence.
The annual Couture Design Awards ceremony is held at the end of the Couture trade show in Las Vegas, USA, and is designed to draw attention to fine watchmaking. Winners were chosen by a distinguished panel of watch experts: Watch Journal International editor Keith W. Strandberg; watch journalist Roberta Naas; Worth magazine Luxury Director Kate Hovey; and watch collectors Nick Stellino, Sam Yukon and Anthony Tsai.
The Silverstone Tourbillograph received the Technical Excellence award after the judges were particularly impressed by its robustness. "Executives in the Graham suite were actually seen throwing the tourbillon timepiece onto the marble coffee table and floors to demonstrate its extreme resilience," Roberta Naas reported at WorldTempus.
The timepiece features a tourbillon integrated into its chronograph movement, and took four years of research and development to create, leading to two patents. Graham describes it as "a real shockproof Tourbillon" and explains that the reduced number of components combined with lightness and double-bridge construction guarantees stability and perfect rigidity.
The Graham Silverstone Tourbillograph has a 48 mm case available in 18k rose gold, black PVD or steel, and comes with a black crocodile strap. Its calibre is G1780, automatic see-though Tourbillon column-wheel chronograph. Additional features include Incabloc shock absorber, 34 jewels, 48 hours power reserve, domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both faces, and a see-through sapphire case back.
Graham founder Eric Loth said: “We are delighted to have received such a prestigious award for our Tourbillograph, which was developed in the vein of the Graham DNA, with a powerful design and a rich technological content”.