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July 4, 2013updated Jul 08, 2013

GRAHAM Celebrates 300 Years of the Orrery

By Chris Boyle

Graham Orrery watch close upThe renowned watchmaker and pioneering scientist of the Age of Enlightenment George Graham is luxury watch brand GRAHAM’s main source of inspiration. 

Inspired by mechanics, physics, astronomy and mathematics, he was a true wealth of knowledge and also the inventor of the first Orrery – a mechanical device that illustrates the positions and motions of the planets and moons of the Solar System. 

The GRAHAM brand is possessed by the same passion as George Graham, who in the 18th century devoted his life to the creation of the unmakeable. 

You probably know the feeling; when you have such a strong desire inside that your stomach is bursting with courage and ideas that can make you move mountains. This is what led George Graham to transform his world through his art. 

Friend of astronomers such as Sir Isaac Newton and Edmond Halley, he created the first mechanical Orrery, in 1713. The invention was presented to Charles Boyle, the 4th Earl of Orrery, and from which all such tellurians and planetariums take their name. The Orrery overturned the conventions of watchmaking and astronomy…and this was 300 years ago. 

So it would have been unthinkable for GRAHAM to miss the 300th anniversary of the invention of the Orrery. That is why it presents the highest level of innovation and technology in watchmaking, with its three dimensional Tourbillon Orrery. 

Set in motion by Christophe Claret Manufacture in Le Locle, Switzerland, the Orrery includes the Moon, Earth, Mars and the Sun based on a 300-year calendar. The Sun, represented by a pink gold (18K) hand-engraved Tourbillon bridge with two Phoenix heads, celebrates the decoration used by George Graham. 

The year counter on the case back enables the wearer to identify and make the corrections for the planets (Moon: 7 years, Earth: 1156 years, Mars: 25 years).

The wrist Orrery developed by GRAHAM will be functional for the next 300 years. It will be in the hands of future generations to create the third Orrery in 2313. Designed to last a lifetime and longer.

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