If you're going to provide sportscars to the clientele that can afford them, you'd better be ready to offer them a wristwatch to go with it. Just about every exotic automaker does, and now even the aftermarket firms are lining up to do the same.
In the case of Mansory – purveyors of so many gaudy mod jobs – the customizers teamed up with Graham London, the same watchmaker that makes custom wristwatches for the Mercedes GP team. Which is a good thing, because if Mansory designed it themselves, something tells us it would come out in pepto pink and purple or feature more gold bling than all of St. Petersburg – Russia and Florida.
Instead, Graham created a special-edition Chronofighter with an oversize 47mm steel case, a carbon fiber dial, bezel decorated in the "Clous de Paris" motif and a smoked sapphire crystal case-back. Inside is a Calibre G1734 automatic chronograph movement, operated by trigger on the left side (for easier operation while driving) and affixed to the wrist with a rubber strap.
The effect is hardly subtle, but next to some of Mansory's other offerings, it looks downright subdued. The price, though, is decidedly in keeping with Mansory's invoice sheet: If you can get your hands on one of the 50 that will be made, it'll set you back €8,900 in Germany – about $12,700 in equivalent American currency. Details in the press release after the jump, with images in the high-resolution gallery.
The sports car for the wrist
Boys' toys – fast race cars and exclusive watches are typical status symbols of the mostly male MANSORY clientele. But until now, the refining specialist for luxury cars could only fulfil automobile dreams. Yet, with the presentation of the GRAHAM Chronofighter Oversize MANSORY, MANSORY changes this big time. And the name says it all – with 47 mm steel case diameter and the left hand fast-action start /stop trigger which is so iconic for GRAHAM watches, the Chronofighter Oversize MANSORY chronograph impressively accentuates its features. This instinctive mechanism activated by the thumb, guarantees a great precision with the most direct response of the chronograph functions.
Kourosh Mansory, CEO of the MANSORY Holding & Design GmbH: "The co-operation with GRAHAM-LONDON derives from my long-term friendship with Eric Loth, founder and board member of GRAHAM-LONDON. His passion for dynamic automobiles and my enthusiasm for high-quality chronographs are perfectly combined. The GRAHAM MANSORY Chronofighter Oversize confirms this in a very impressive way."
Following the automobile core competences of the MANSORY Group, the dial is made of carbon, a material typically used for sports cars. The "Clous de Paris" decorated steel bezel echoes the artistic performances of MANSORY concept cars. On the case back, a smoked see-through sapphire crystal with MANSORY logo, allows an insight into the clockwork Calibre G1734 with 48 hours power reserve. The black rubber strap is "Clous de Paris" decorated and adorned with the GRAHAM and MANSORY logos.
Limited to 50 watches, the self-winding automatic chronograph developed by GRAHAM, is exclusively available from MANSORY or one of its world-wide sales partners.
Chronofighter Oversize MANSORY
Functions: Chronograph (seconds, 30 minutes counter), Date at 7 o'clock
Hours, Minutes, seconds
Calibre: Calibre G1734, automatic bi-compax chronograph, 28'800 A/h (4Hz), Incabloc shock absorber
Power reserve : 48 hours
Case: 47 mm steel case
Steel with black PVD left hand fast-action start / stop trigger and steel reset pusher with "Clous de Paris" high grip pattern
Steel bezel with "Clous de Paris" decoration
Domed sapphire crystal, anti-reflective coating on both faces
Smoked sapphire crystal case back with MANSORY logo and serial number
Water resistance: 330 feet / 100 m / 10 bar
Dial: Black carbon dial with black snailed minutes and seconds counters
Black minute scale rim with red numerals
White MANSORY inscription at 5 o'clock
White Super-LumiNova hours and minutes hands, red chrono, minutes and seconds hands
Strap: Integrated black rubber with "Clous de Paris" decoration and GRAHAM and MANSORY logos
Limited edition: 50
Price: 8'900 € incl. German VAT
GRAHAM-LONDON traces its origins to London clockmaker George Graham (1673-1751) who is responsible for many innovations in timekeeping. He invented the chronograph, the dead-beat cylinder escapement, the mercury pendulum to compensate for temperature differences. He also built the master clock for Greenwich Royal Observatory which defined time for most of the 18th century. GRAHAM-LONDON was resurrected in 1995 and is today a privately owned Anglo-Swiss watch company which designs and builds its own watches in its La Chaux-de-Fonds production facilities in Switzerland.
British luxury cars and their special style have always been the passion of Kourosh Mansory, the owner and namesake of MANSORY. This enthusiasm made him spend many years in England and personally commit himself to automobile values such as tradition, craftsmanship and well-engineered technology. Already when the company was founded in 1989, special attention was therefore given to the brands Rolls Royce, Bentley, Aston Martin and Ferrari. Mid 2001, the company moved from Munich to the Fichtelgebirge. At its new location in Brand in the vicinity of Bayreuth which is famous for its Wagner Festival, the skilled team produces high-end tuning in all disciplines of individual automobile manufacturing. By taking over the business division Porsche-Tuning from Swiss Rinspeed AG in November 2007, MANSORY additionally extended its product portfolio. The newly established company MANSORY (Switzerland) AG will operate from Zumikon at the Lake Zurich. The main focus is developing and selling a tuning- and accessory programme for Porsche automobiles on an international basis.
Production on the highest technical level combined with masterly craftsmanship and most precious materials – this is the quality standard of the MANSORY corporations. Harmonically designed aerodynamics programmes, ultra-light aluminium rims and powerful engine performance enhancements are the basis of the MANSORY technology programme. High-quality accessories and stylish interior fittings complete the assortment. Whether dynamically striking or extravagant and noble, MANSORY interiors render comfort and confidence.
Today MANSORY employs more than 90 members of staff and fulfils nearly every automobile dream of its exclusive clientele. In Germany, Switzerland and via selected sales partners all over the world.
The MANSORY Design & Holding GmbH solely offers its proprietary developed modification accessories. MANSORY does not market entire automobiles and also does not sell any such vehicles.