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Graham haute horlogerie is an independent watch company based in the watchmaking capital La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland and a blend of the rich English historical heritage and the Swiss culture. The brand has got first-rate Swiss movements which are custom made and engineered specifically and solely for Graham watches. Regardless of technological advancements, Graham is still loyal to its roots, all Graham watches are exclusively chronographs. This is in honor of George Graham who is considered as the father of the chronograph. Graham mostly specializes in racing-inspired watches.
George Graham`s early history
George Graham, born in 1673 to a Quaker family had a humble background and started his business from scratch. After his father`s death at an early age, George had to be raised by his older brother who helped him to get into a seven-year apprenticeship to a London clockmaker, Henry Aske when he was 15. George was an honest young man and though just an aspiring apprentice, his work caught the attention of some watch masters of all time like Thomas Tompion.
After seeing George Graham`s gift, Thomas Tompion invited George to join him after the ending of his indenture in 1695. Thomas Tompion is still considered the father of British watchmaking. Initially, George joined Tompion as a journeyman for two years which was a prerequisite set up by the Clockmakers’ Company. Later on, George Graham became Tompion`s protégé and even strengthened their bond by marrying Tompion`s niece.
Tompion died in 1713 leaving behind a legacy of his numerous contributions to the watch community, the Encyclopedia Britannica calls him “the man to whom watchmaking owes perhaps most”. As a result of his prominence, Tompion was honored by a burial at the Westminster Abbey. He left a will and it stated that his business and properties were going to be taken over by George Graham and his wife.
Apart from Mr. Tompion`s business, George also inherited his mantle as Britain`s top watchmaker. This can be evidenced by Graham`s prodigious invention of the dead-beat escapement just two years after Tompion`s death. The deadbeat escapement became the standard for the next 150 years, it eliminated recoil, thus it produced an unprecedented degree of accuracy in clocks and watches. Graham also perfected the cylinder escapement invented by Tompion. According to the book “The Chronograph”, Graham is referred to as “the father of the chronograph” because he was the first to construct a horological mechanism – it was for a clock – capable of measuring the duration of an event.
George Graham is still considered one of the most was an active member of the brilliant mechanism and manufacturer of scientific instruments. He was an active member of the British Royal Society. Among his groundbreaking inventions was also the mercury pendulum, this device was used for eliminating the negative effects of weather on clocks. He also made astronomical instruments for Edmond Halley and James Bradley.
Graham was one of the few and rare highly gifted watchmakers who never cared about the spread of his fame or accumulation of wealth but only cared about the advancement of science and the benefit of mankind. He was a humble and generous man. At his death, he was also honored by a burial at the Westminster Abbey right beside his mentor Tompion. Burial in Westminister is not an honor easily won by any middle-class individual and these two are a testimony of how they were highly esteemed.
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Mechanical watches are the pride of haute horlogerie. They have a rich history and they just feel elegant and powerful because they are self-dependent. Over the years mechanical watches have constantly evolved and they have almost been overthrown by the quartz but they still stand their ground especially in the luxurious watches sector.
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