Let me explain to you what a telemeter is with a story: So let’s suppose your friend comes over with his brand new Ferrari and he’s understandably excited about it. He can’t stop raving about how many RPMs he can do or how it handles the road. Now you are justifiably a little peeved because you shunned fast cars for a lifestyle of wearing luxury wristwatches and the nice gentleman who sold you your latest piece made that persuasive argument that you can’t take your Lamborghini into a restaurant.
But the urge to out-peacock him eats at you. So, you keep an eye on your weather app for the perfect moment and then when it happens, you invite your friend for a round of golf.
As hoped, the sky ends up grumbling and there is some intermittent lightning. You raise your wrist and fumble with your watch to assure the worried creases of your friend’s forehead that the lightning is happening far enough for both of you to be safe.
And that’s what a telemeter does. It calculates the distance between a visual event such as a lightning or explosion and it’s sound. Both activities you, the average luxury wristwatch consumer, are least likely to engage in.
This is when my ears start ringing from the incessant nagging of the imaginary PR representative perched on my shoulder. She huffs and puffs and tries to blow out my ear drums. What the hell was I thinking, she says.
This piece was supposed to be a write up for the new camouflage version of the Graham Chronofighter Oversize Black Arrow. I was supposed to just mouth off about how sexy the new PVD camouflage look was, mention the case size (47mm), mention the large start stop lever on the side made out of carbon that is part of the Graham’s signature look and the black ceramic bezel on the face of the watch but instead I spent a good half page pocking fun.
Didn’t I know better? Graham wasn’t the first wristwatch brand that was mechanically insecure. After all, there’s a lot of pressure in the wristwatch industry to be technologically innovative.
Besides people wanted to feel that they had a delicate precision instrument on their wrist, not actually wear one that is of any utility.
After all, when’s the last time you’ve used a chronograph?
For those who may not be familiar with the brand, Graham’s name references a London clockmaker George Graham (1673-1751) who is considered as the father of modern watch making. He is known as the father of the chronograph as he invented the start and stop device of the chronograph, the dead-beat and cylinder escapement, the mercury pendulum to compensate the influence of temperature on pendulums, to name a few. He also built the master clock for Greenwich Royal Observatory which timed most of the 18th century and lots of science instruments for astronomers and physicists.
Graham, today is a Swiss watch company revived in 1995 and it manufactures its watches in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.