Close Up: Graff Combines Jewelry And Horology
Graff is a relative newcomer to the watch industry, but when it launched its luxury watches collection in 2008, under Michel Pitteloud, the high-end jeweler made a clear statement of its intention. Today, Graff delivers some of the most complex timepieces, including minute repeaters and ultra flat tourbillons that all feature proprietary designed calibers under four collections: Technical, Dress, Sport, and Jewelry watches. Here are our highlights from each collection.
Jewelry – Graff Butterfly The Graff Butterfly is the most iconic watch in Graff’s collection, as it epitomizes the combination of haute horology with high-end jewelry. Inspired by the delicateness and symmetry of the butterfly, this watch is comprised of an arrangement of four dazzling pear shape diamonds. Each butterfly on the dial appears to hover above a second layer of gemstones. The Butterfly comes in a fully set jeweled bracelet option, but several leather straps are also available to match the colors of the butterflies. Only downside? Because it’s one of the most coveted pieces in the collection, there’s a very long waiting list for this timepiece.
Technical – MasterGraff Icon Skeleton The MasterGraff Ultra Flat Icon Skeleton features an openwork Graff Icon pattern dial that reveals the construction of the Calibre 4, a hand-wound movement measuring only 3.5 mm in thickness. The movement is housed within a sporty 43mm facetted case and enclosed in sapphire crystal. The MasterGraff Ultra Flat Icon Skeleton is available with a DLC and titanium case offset by gold lugs.
Sport – ScubaGraff The diver’s watch in Graff’s collection, it houses the mechanical self-winding Graff Calibre 2 movement. Its hands and hour markers are enhanced with luminor ensuring optimal readability, while a decompression valve on the case side and a 30-minute countdown indicator enable divers to monitor their remaining dive time and oxygen level. It comes guaranteed for water-resistance to 300 meters. Its raised gold numerals contrast against a chocolate DLC case.
Dress – GraffStar Slim 43 Another Graff watch without diamonds! The most sober watch in Graff’s collection, it’s also one of the slimmest. The GraffStar Slim 43 houses the Graff Calibre 3, a self-winding movement, and measures only 6.35mm. This rose gold edition features a black dial with gold markers, and is secured on a brown crocodile strap with a rose gold deployment buckle. The 43mm case is only faceted on the top of the case, a feature that’s exclusive to the dress collection.