Nose art – decorative paintings applied to the fuselage of aeroplanes – was particularly popular during WWII when colourful images, shark teeth or sexy pin-ups appeared on the nose of military aircraft. The Chronofighter, Graham’s most emblematic timepiece inspired by the world of aviation, began to feature pin-ups on the dial of its Chronofighter Nose Art watches in 2017. Let’s take a look at the new girls who have just joined Graham’s pin-up squad.
Presented at Baselworld 2018, four new girls have joined the Chronofighter family: Belle, Lucia, Linda and Chloe. These musical pin-ups with their bold red lipstick are hand-painted on the dial. Designed to evoke the music scene of the 1940s and 1950s the girls are depicted singing or holding records and guitars. Racier than before, the pin-ups on the dial show a bit of leg and cleavage… but no need for parental advisory because there is nothing shocking here.
The Nose Art pin-ups are presented in a more restrained take on the vintage case of the Chronofighter. This recent facelift of the model reinforces its look with a redesigned start-stop trigger, a knurled onion crown and the mushroom-shaped reset pusher. As for all Chronofighters, the signature lever on the left-hand side allows the wearer to start and stop the chronograph with ease using the thumb and harks back to the days when pilots wearing thick aviator gloves needed oversized crowns and pushers on their watches. The sapphire crystal is slightly domed and features A/R coating.
Measuring 44mm in diameter, the limited edition watches are presented in steel. The see-through sapphire case back allows a view of the automatic chronograph movement decorated with Geneva stripes on the rotor. The calibre G1747 (or G1745 with no seconds counter for Linda) is based on the tried-and-tested ETA Valjoux 7750. This version of the cam-and-lever workhorse chronograph movement used here comes with a day-date indication. Otherwise, it presents the traditional features of the 7750, including a 48-hour power reserve and 4Hz frequency.
The Graham Chronofighter Nose Art watches are worn on a hand-sewn calfskin leather strap with a steel pin buckle. All watches are limited editions of 100 pieces, with their individual number indicated on the sun-brushed dial at 9 o’clock, just under the date. Price is set at CHF 5,450. For more information, visit www.graham1695.com.