March 22, 2019
The GyroGraff Endangered Species collection is a series of five unique watches, four premiering at Baselworld. All feature dials set with precious gemstones and gold, hand-finished, using a technique pioneered by Graff and called “diamond-marquetry.”
The five dials depict an elephant, a tiger, a panda, a rhino and a gorilla; all listed by the World Wildlife Fund as being under threat of extinction. The animals are created from a combination of polished metal parts and precious gemstones, each individually set into the dial by hand to create the likeness of each animal. The five métiers d’art timepieces share the same high-end hand-wound calibre. The GyroGraff’s trio of complications is a watchmaking first, carrying a dizzying double-axis tourbillon, a spherical moon phase and a power reserve indicator. The three-dimensional white-gold moon phase complication at 10 o’clock is an artistic tour-de-force in its own right. It is hand-engraved, creating a true-to-life map of the lunar surface’s craters. The black cover representing the shadow of the earth advances twice a day and completes a full rotation over a period of 29.5 days. The watch has a 65-hour power reserve indicated at 1 o’clock alongside Graff’s diamond-set icon at 12 o’clock.
Each of the five Endangered Species models has a 48-mm white-gold case. The case is decorated with invisible mosaic-set baguette-cut diamonds, and each watch comes on a black alligator strap with a diamond-set deployment clasp buckle.
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