Astronomical complications have drawn the attention and inspired the passion of collectors from around the world for centuries. Some recent releases, perhaps most notably by Van Cleef, Patek Philippe, Jacob & Co and Van der Klaauw, have kept the interest levels in the Haute-Horlogerie theme particularly high.
The award-winning Geo.Graham Tourbillon Orrery, listed in the 2014 Robb Report Best of the Best finally places independent Swiss brand Graham within the gotha of the established astronomical timepiece manufacturers.
This ground-breaking timepiece by Graham is directly inspired by the first modern orrery, built in 1713 by the master, George Graham, in collaboration with Thomas Tompion. The original orrery is now displayed at the Museum of the History of Science, in historic Oxford in England. It is said that there are only two pieces still existing worldwide.
The Orrery is a one-of-a-kind tourbillon tribute to this milestone timepiece, depicting the solar system and planets miniaturised to fit within 48mm.
Some 450 components are intricately engineered to achieve the unprecedented 1,156-year movement accuracy. Astonishingly, providing that you make the few necessary corrections to the moon (every 7 years) and mars (every 25 years), the timepiece will not need to return to the manufacturer for over a millennium, when the earth will need its first adjustment. Surely a quest for some far-distant descendent…
The small orrery machine is housed within an exquisite 18K pink gold polished case. The breathtaking dial, its ornate engraving reminiscent of the original dial by George Graham & Thomas Tompion, creates pure theatre. Seeing the moon planets in perpetual motion is a truly mesmerising experience.
The Geo.Graham Tourbillon Orrery is a must-have for any collector aiming to enrich their collection with a unique astronomical piece, manufactured by one of the most creative independent brands. And after a lifetime of enjoyment, with only 20 pieces ever made, it’s an extraordinary inheritance to bequeath to a millennium of future generations.