Back in August, Graham has introduced its sporty Graham Silverstone Stowe Racing Mexico (Ref. 2BLDC.B27A) limited edition chronograph. Around a week ago, the British-based brand started selling yet another limited edition version of the watch. Designed exclusively for the U.S. market, the new Graham Silverstone Stowe USA Limited Edition (Ref. 2BLDC.W07C.K47S) timekeeper features a radically different, cool and clean color scheme, as well as another movement.
Although the Mexico Edition model was powered by the Caliber G1734 movement, the USA Edition comes animated by the Caliber G1742 mechanism. Also made in Switzerland by Graham’s long-standing partner, the movement is not really new: we have already seen it last year in their vintage-styled Graham Chronofighter Fortress (Ref. 2CRBS.B10A) pilot’s watch.
The other specs, however, remain the same.
The watch still sports an easily readable dial layout with a small seconds indicator placed at 9 hours and the 30-minute chronograph totalizer staying at 3 o’clock. Since the minute track on the bezel flange also works as a scale for the central chronograph hand, both elements are painted with the same electric-blue (or so it looks on my display) color that nicely accentuates the cold, greyish color of the stainless steel alloy used for the case, crown and chronograph push-pieces.
Even the black ceramic bezel comes with a steel insert with a common tachymeter scale engraved on it.
Of course, measuring impressive 48 millimeters in diameter, the watch is not for an average person. However, if you happen to be a big guy, this one may be a good choice.
Legibility of the watch must also be quite good, since the black Arabic numerals and the hands are not simply painted black, but are in fact covered with black Superluminova that ensures adequate night time legibility. For the purposes of this rather brief review, I would give this timekeeper 4.5 stars out of five on the readability scale. And, finishing with dial, the only thing that I don’t really like is the way the whole Silverstone line deals with the small date window: although Graham’s designer have clearly tried to make it look good by aligning it with the “7”, it still looks out of place making the dial look even more visually unbalanced.
It is reported that all 50 pieces of the watch have already arrived in select shops throughout the United States and are offered to customers at a pretty much impressive price of $8265 USD. Well, I truly hope that the British-based watchmaker will continue to introduce new limited edition models dedicated to different places of the world: perhaps, one day my home city will get one of these wristwatches, too.
See also: Audemars Piguet Chronographe Royal Oak Offshore Tour Auto 2012 Limited Edition (Ref. 26208ST.00.D305CR.01)
Graham Silverstone Stowe USA Limited Edition (Ref. 2BLDC.W07C.K47S) automatic watch specification
Price: $8265 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, Caliber G1742, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 28
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 48 hours
Movement decoration: No data
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, chronograph
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Black ceramic, steel insert
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 48.00 mm
Case height: No data
Lug width: No data
Dial: White with blue accents
Numerals: Arabic, luminous
Hour markers: Luminous
Hands: Steel, luminous
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Integrated black rubber strap with tire tread motif
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective on both sides, domed
Case back: Sapphire