Presented by Graham 1695 – The new Chronofighter Vintage Aviator includes two limited edition variants, each dressed in a stealthy shade of black. They are dark, menacing and ready to fire. As they break cover, emerging from the shadows, their eye-catching altimeter-themed details come into view, bright and punchy. Go on, pull the trigger and discover the difference that Graham ownership confers.
This year, Graham celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Chronofighter with the release of a new version of its popular model, the Vintage Aviator. The dial design includes a small seconds display, positioned at 3 o’clock and enlivened with a striped pattern. This latter motif emulates the appearance of the low-altitude warning stripes found on an altimeter within a plane’s cockpit.
Graham has repeatedly looked to the skies for inspiration. The date display, located at 9 o’clock, once again reproduces the appearance of an altimeter scale. The indication simultaneously shows the date for yesterday, the current day and tomorrow. It looks different from a regular date display but remains eminently intelligible. A day indication is positioned adjacent the date, clear and unambiguous.
Devotees of the Chronofighter can rest easy, the distinctive trigger remains, bold and proud. While its design differentiates this watch from other chronographs, it is also intuitive to use. When using a chronograph, the wearer observes the start of an event, actuates the stopwatch function and, thereafter, at the end of the event, halts the timer. The potential problem is the human factor, namely, the time gap between seeing an event and pressing the trigger. The shorter the gap between observation and pressing the trigger, the more validity the recorded elapsed time really has. The thumb is the fastest acting digit, hence with this design, a right-handed person will instinctively place their plumpest digit on the trigger and press it with lightning bolt alacrity.
Another benefit of positioning the combined crown and trigger on the left is that it confers superior wearer comfort. Often when a watch is worn and the wearer flexes their wrist, the protrusions on the right flank of the case gouge the wrist, chafe the skin or inhibit free movement. The Chronofighter’s trigger sidesteps such problems.
Housed in a 44mm stainless steel case, the Chronofighter Vintage Aviator shares much in common with its siblings, albeit there are two limited edition models which conspicuously veer off piste, exploring new territory. These limited edition watches are dressed in brooding matte black DLC, evincing a stealthy, understated appearance. However, each dial composition arrests the onlooker’s attention with eye-popping dial detail. For example, one model pairs the black sultry tones of the case with a matching black dial. These restrained tones act as a foil for the vividly hued, red hands, hour markers and minute track. The remaining dial elements are executed in white, emerging from the darkness, again arresting the onlooker’s attention.
Consistent with other Graham timepieces, the Chronofighter Vintage Aviator is fitted with a Swiss automatic movement, delivering precision and reliability.
With the Chronofighter Vintage Aviator, you’re clear for take-off. Pull the trigger and discover the difference Graham ownership confers.
All models are available worldwide from all authorized Graham retailers or www.graham1695.com