For the third consecutive year, GRAHAM London will be the Official Timekeeper of the 2011 RBS 6 Nations Championship. A long term partnership with the prestigious rugby Championship involving 6 of the best northern hemisphere rugby nations.
That rugby as a sport is a perfect fit for GRAHAM London goes without saying. As a fast, complex, highly sophisticated and highly tactical “sport for hooligans played by gentlemen”, rugby is to sports what GRAHAM is to watch making: historic, real, slightly mad, British and gritty.
As Official Timekeeper of the Championship, GRAHAM provides all RBS 6 Nations match referees with dedicated Graham chronographs to assist them in performing their match duties in the most accurate manner possible. Once again, we are happy to put our watches to real life testing. Extreme testing, some would say. But we believe that once it has stood the test of an international rugby match, it can survive whatever situation you will encounter in your everyday life. Sweat, rain, dust, mud, heat, cold, shocks, you name it. And we tested it! Fear is not in our vocabulary.
The Chronofighter Oversize Referee is all about rugby. Indeed it was developed using codes from the RBS 6 Nations Championship. The 6 squads’ colours are featured in the second counter at 3 o’clock. The official logo is also on the case back.
The Chronofighter Oversize Referee was conceived based on the needs of the referees. They required a light watch, as they run a lot. We therefore developed a titanium light-weight case, a case with a perfect fit on the wrist. They asked for readability. We opted for a white dial to emphasise the 30 double-graduated minutes counter at 6 o’clock. Thanks to its internal 40 minutes graduation, it measures the halves of each match accurately. They worried about injuries in case of contact. We covered the red lever and black bezel with a soft-touch rubber. They required that it would operate smoothly. We used the left drive lever mechanism. It is so intuitive to use that you needn’t even to look at it. The right hand will automatically find how to operate the system in a split second. Start. Stop. The chronograph is right there under the full control of your thumb.
Referees did not ask for the red strap. But we decided that it would add a thrilling dimension to the piece and complement the colours of referees’ jerseys. That’s British elegance, even on the field. In the end, the model combines precision, readability and advanced material to be up to its Championship reputation.
Limited Edition to 250 for White Dial model.
Limited Edition to 250 for Black Dial model.
Movement – Calibre G1735, automatic tri-compax chronograph, 28’800 A/h (4 Hz), incabloc shock absorber. 25 jewels. Power reserve – 48 hours.
Functions – Chronograph (seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours counter). Date at 9 o’clock. Hours, minutes, seconds.
Case – 47 mm titanium case. Red soft-touch rubber left hand fast-action start/stop trigger and black soft-touch rubber reset pusher with “Clous de Paris” high grip pattern. Titanium bezel with black soft-touch rubber. Domed sapphire crystal, anti-reflective coating on both faces. See-through sapphire crystal case back with RBS 6 Nations logo printed and limited edition serial number engraved.
Dial – White or Black dial and minutes counter, minutes counter with black or white half rim, internal 45 min white scale (Big 40 for Rugby game time), white or black snailed hours counter with black or white rim, multicoloured seconds counter featuring the colours of the 6 squads. White Super-LumiNova hands and indexes.
Water resistance – 330 feet / 100 m.
Strap – Red rubber. Titanium pin buckle.
Source: GRAHAM London