Geo-Graham Orrery Tourbillon: Reach out to the galaxy
November 11, 2018

Think of it as a planetarium on your wrist. Inspired by George Graham’s invention of the first Orrery in 1713 and limited to a mere 8 creations, the Geo-Graham Orrery Tourbillon presents a galaxy you can reach out and wear.

The heart and soul of the piece is a manual Orrery tourbillon exclusively crafted for Graham by Christophe Claret, evolved from the 2013 Graham anniversary edition. Rooted in the age of enlightenment three centuries ago, this horological masterpiece incorporates a 300-year calendar to carry enlightened timekeeping into the future.

The 2017 Geo-Graham Orrery Tourbillon represents an intriguing storybook, where all of the stories are 100% true. The genuine fragments of the Moon and Mars it contains came to earth as a result of meteorites which originated from the Moon and Mars respectively. Kingman Turquoise, first discovered and mined by ancient Native American civilizations in what is now Arizona, long before Europeans discovered the New World, forms the earth. And the sun is a miniaturized masterpiece in itself. Perfectly complementing imagined pictures of the solar ball of fire is an engraving of two phoenix heads, a decoration used by George Graham, on the Tourbillon Bridge.

The movement was designed and manufactured by Christoph Claret, and you can see roughly what month we’re in from the position of the Earth, and you can also see through which sign of the Zodiac the Sun appears to be passing, as seen from the Earth. The caseback shows the movement bridges, and there’s also a calendar covering a 100 year period. This shows when it will be necessary to use the manual correctors set into the case, to adjust the positions of Mars and the Moon; the disk is mechanically driven and makes one full rotation per century. Two additional disks are provided for a total of 300 years of correction information, with the current year highlighted in blue.

Limited to a precious 8, the Geo-Graham Orrery Tourbillon truly puts forth the question. Why treasure a timepiece for the next generation when you can treasure it for the next twelve?

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2018, CES 2017, 2016 and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at:
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