I definitely would love to take this watch to bed with me to snuggle, but Tourbillograph? What the heck is that?

Well it’s clearly a chrono with a tourbillon in there, but why the new name? Call it tourbillon chronograph, maybe? Why invent a word? Anyway, Graham is selling this one with a column wheel chrono (we’ll talk about what that means in a later post) with a tourbillon. It’s got enough high-end finishing and material to choke a horse and the price is pretty hefty: 44’850 Swiss Fracs which is (not kidding) $52,066. The $66 is for shipping.

Column wheel chronograph (seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours counter). Tourbillon mechanism
Hours, minutes, seconds
Calibre Calibre G1780, automatic column wheel chronograph-tourbillon, 28’800 A/h (4 Hz), Incabloc shock absorber
Rhodium blackened movement with Haute Horlogerie finishing. Perlages, sandblasted, manually chamfered and polished bridges and bottom plate, column wheel with polished segments and black low-friction coating, ruthenium oscillating weight with skeletonised rotor and 925 sterling silver segment
34 jewels
Power reserve: 48 hours
Ruthenium tourbillon cage: 48 components, 0.485 grams. Off-centre construction at 11 o’clock. Complete see-through tourbillon. Two patents. Rhodiated double bridge construction with black varnish coated upper bridge. Golden balance

?Case 48 mm steel
Steel right hand start / stop and reset pushers with “Clous de Paris” high grip pattern
Steel bezel?
Domed sapphire crystal, anti-reflective coating on both faces See-through sapphire crystal case back
Water 160 feet / 50 m resistance
Dial Black dial with tachymeter scale on external ring, black snailed minutes and seconds counters
Rhodiated central hours and minutes hands with black Super-LumiNova coating, rhodiated chrono, hours, minutes and seconds counters hands, rhodiated numerals
Strap Black croco?
Steel folding buckle
Price 44’850 CHF

By John Biggs

John lives in Brooklyn and has loved watches since he got his first Swatch Irony automatic in 1998. He is the editor of WristWatchReview.

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