Graff Luxury Watches presents GyroGraff World, a new and highly innovative evolution of its successful GyroGraff timepiece of the MasterGraff collection.
Only five pieces have been made, each an intricate work of art, displaying a different view of the Earth’s continents captured from the perspective of space.The dial design is beautifully complemented by a highly complex movement exclusive to Graff Luxury Watches – incorporating an innovative three-dimensional moon phase indicator, which charts the daily progression of the moon and is visible through the front and back of the dial. A double-axis tourbillon sits at 5 o’clock, while a 72-hour power reserve indicator is positioned at 11 o’clock.
The creation of each dial is a highly complex process. Crafted from white gold, a laser is used to carve out each land mass in relation to the oceans that surround it – ensuring complete accuracy.
The piece is then hand-engraved using an ancient technique rarely incorporated into watchmaking. In the hands of a master craftsman, a chisel and chaser hammer are used to add the intricate nuances of each continent – a process that takes hundreds of hours.
Colour is applied in the form of enamel, which is made by mixing metal oxides and dyes, which are then ground to a dust-like powder. This powder is then hand-painted on to the surface of the dial by hand with a fine brush, with layer upon layer added to create depth and intensity of colour.
Between each layer of powder application, the dial undergoes the process of ‘grand feu’ or ‘great fire’, in which it is exposed to heat between 800 and 900˚C – which reveals the vibrant contrasting hues of land and sea. The final stage is the addition of a varnish, applied by hand, which adds texture and distinction to each continent and brings the masterpiece to life.
Movement: Mechanical, hand-winding
Power reserve: 72 hours
Functions: Hours and minutes, double axis tourbillon, moon phase and power reserve indicator
Strap: Alligator leather