One-of-a-kind diamond-marquetry, double-axis tourbillon, and a three-dimensional moon phase – these watches are a real feast for the eyes.
The dials of five unique pieces depict either an elephant, a tiger, a panda, a gorilla or a rhino (all five are listed by the World Wildlife Fund as being under threat). The animals are created from a combination of polished metal parts and precious stones, – each unique in size, weight and cut. These are individually set into the dial by hand – using a diamond-marquetry technique. The first layer applied to the dial is a background made of sparkling midnight blue aventurine. The animal form is then built up, piece-by-piece, using the mounts, the plaquettes and the decorative elements: diamonds, pieces made of polished rhodium-plated white gold or matte or micro-blasted black gold, and, only in the case of the tiger, cognac sapphires.
The dials have openings for the GyroGraff’s signature double-axis tourbillon and spherical moon phase complications. The three-dimensional white-gold moon at 10 o’clock is hand-engraved, creating a true-to-life map of the lunar surface’s craters. The black cover representing the shadow of the Earth advances twice a day and completes a full rotation over a period of 29.5 days, relaying the phase of the moon. The watch with the hand-wound calibre has a 65-hour power reserve indicated at 1 o’clock alongside Graff’s diamond-set logo at 12 o’clock. Skeletonised hands are set off-centre to upper right and the crown is lowered to 4 o’clock.
A caseback embellished with engraved mother of pearl or geometric patterns, and protected by a faceted sapphire crystal. Each of the five Endangered Species models has a 48mm white-gold case decorated with mosaic-set baguette-cut diamonds, and comes on a black alligator strap with a diamond-set deployment clasp buckle.