ANGUS DAVIES recalls GRAHAM SILVERSTONE RS GMT, this timepiece evokes childhood memories of exotic Italian supercars.
My relationship with the watch may seem peculiar to many “normal” people. Although some men of my age may treat watches as purely functional items and purchase them to pass on time, my fascination with watches can only be described as “obsession.”
Many times, when I hold a watch in my hand and appreciate its appearance, it will generate passion and evoke countless thoughts. So this is RS GMT with Graham Silverstone. Although there are many aspects of its composition that I admire, it is surprising that the first time I noticed is the quilted tan strap, which brought to the surface my childhood memories of Italian sports cars.
The creative talents of Bertone and Pininfarina conceived Lamborghini Miura and Ferrari Dino respectively. These cars may not have appeared on the street where I played when I was a child, but they occupy an important place on the walls of my bedroom covered with wood chips wallpaper, albeit in the form of A3 patterns. Even today, these cars look very beautiful, the winding silhouette deceives the air of resistance, and the prominent lines complement the lights.
In this case, my memories of these two Italian thoroughbreds are related to the leather seats installed in the luxurious cockpit. Each seat is made of high-quality leather stitched horizontal parts. My favorite color is “sabbia”, a sand color that is still a popular choice for supercar buyers. In fact, although replica Graham describes its strap as “beige”, I will describe it as sabbia, a perfect complement to the rosso body of any Italian racing machine.
With an overwhelming sense of nostalgia, I eagerly accepted the modern form of this sports timepiece and started an evaluation for a period of time, evaluating its specifications and carefully checking whether it is suitable for competition.
Graham used four colors on this timepiece, namely black, red, white and “beige.” The selected color combination works well and gives a harmonious composition.
The hour and minute hands are black and lined with beige luminous treatment. Beige replaces black in terms of highlighting, but the hands are still very clear.
Similar to many sports cars that display their engine through a transparent cover, the dial of the Graham Silverstone RS GMT allows the wearer to see part of the engine through the black smoked hollow dial. As a self-proclaimed watch voyeur, I love seeing the ability of the various parts of the movement to work together to convey time.
Graham Silverstone RS GMT uses a dual composite layout. The 30-minute chronograph is located at 3 o’clock and the small seconds display is on the opposite side. The hands on the two subdials and the large central chronograph seconds hand are shiny red.
The large date display at 6 o’clock uses clear and clear tones to convey information, and two date discs can be seen through the above-mentioned smoked hollow dial.
The GMT hands are presented in black, with a prominent white luminous tip outlined in red, proving to be very useful for business travelers who need to know the current time at home.
The tachymeter scale around the inner flange of the dial uses beige text, which is very useful when calculating the speed of objects within a mile. There is no doubt that it will attract gentleman racers who strive to hone the perfect lap.
The 46mm stainless steel case can only be described as Leviathan. Graham has long been associated with oversized watches, and this watch has inherited that reputation. I found this timepiece to fit very well, but admit that I do have huge arms. Unfortunately, if you have a slender wrist, this watch may appear too large.
The case is mainly satin-brushed, but the upper beveled edges of the lugs and certain areas of the back cover are highly polished. The workmanship of the case is excellent, and all surfaces are very smooth.
Graham injected some fine details into this model.
Under the black ceramic bezel marked with a 24-hour scale, there is a red aluminum ring. Its knurled texture, called “Paris Cloud”, is easy to touch with fingers, but its position prevents curious fingers from mating with its shape.
The cylindrical button at 2 o’clock has a smooth curved red trim on its vertical plane. The crown engraved with the letters “RS” is located between the two protectors, helping to keep its showroom fresh. Graham Silverstone replica
At the 4 o’clock position, a rectangular button is marked with the words “Flyback”, proving the model’s extra specs. This special complication is very useful when timing consecutive time intervals. The wearer can stop, reset and start the chronograph by simply pressing the “flyback” button.
The wearer also has the opportunity to observe the self-winding movement through the back cover of the exhibition.
Going back to the quilted strap, its tan may not suit everyone’s taste, so the brand offers a more conservative black hue. The strap is fixed on the double folding clasp. Highly polished buckles are prone to annoying scratches. Personally, I prefer this product to be satin-finished. However, this is a small criticism, and it did not harm my overall enjoyment of Graham Silverstone RS GMT.
The self-winding Calibre G1721 has 28 jewels and a power reserve of up to 48 hours. The balance has a frequency of 28,800 vph (4Hz) and is equipped with Incabloc shock absorbers.
The pendulum is open, mounted on ceramic ball bearings, and provides incredibly smooth rotation. The oscillating weight is satin-brushed, and the bridge below is decorated with Côtes de Genève. The blue screws on the movement and the sea of pearls on the side surface of the main plate dial give a clear quotient for fine watchmaking.
This is a real “men’s watch“. It is very large and fits the wrists of racers who know how to make the car pass through a series of challenging vertices. I like its impressive combination of talents.
Graham Silverstone RS GMT is equipped with a series of excellent features, including a large date display, GMT, flyback chronograph and tachymeter scale. It reveals many internal thinking processes of the movement, thanks to its open dial and exhibition back cover.
The case construction is of a high standard, and I like the careful use of polished surfaces. The dial display is both interesting and easy to understand.
It is the too many small details that have caused my most appreciation. In particular, the red aluminum ring located under the bezel and the “flyback” button at 4 o’clock look great.
But in the end, what is quite unusual for watch reviews is that it was the unexpected sight of the sabbia strap that made me enter a fascinating car era and emphasized my love for this timepiece.
Model: Graham Silverstone RS GMT
Housing: stainless steel; diameter 46 mm; water resistance 10 bar (100 meters); sapphire crystal front and back cover.
Functions: hours; minutes; small seconds; approximately; flyback chronograph; tachymeter scale.
Movement: Calibre G1721, self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4Hz); 28 jewels; power reserve 48 hours.
Strap: Beige quilted leather strap with stainless steel folding clasp