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Aviation has long been a mainstay of watchmaking. This should be no surprise as the first wristwatch – the Cartier Santos – was made especially for pilot Alberto Santos Dumont in 1904. Since then, the likes of Breitling and IWC, have brought pilot-specific watches into the mainstream.
Recalling a time when watches were tested for accuracy by regulator clocks, this is a most unusual watch. For a start there’s only one centre hand (minutes), while the hours and seconds are shown in subdials at opposite ends of the dial. If the unusual design doesn’t get you, the sight of the stunning, hand-wound Unitas 6498 movement through the back will.
Precise. Legible. Beautiful: the C8 Power Reserve Chronometer is a watch firmly rooted in the tradition of British aviation timepieces like the Smith’s Mk II A clock. But its looks are just part of the story: powered by a new complication of Calibre SH21, the watch can run for an incredible five days on just one charge.
Aviation is something we take for granted, thinking nothing about circling the globe in flying metal tubes and meeting colleagues for lunch on a different continent. But the new Christopher Ward C8 UTC Worldtimer reminds us of the wonder of flying: linking the design of classic military aviation with the possibilities of modern jet travel in one ingenious, and very beautiful, watch.
Influenced by the Typhoon FGR4, this is CW’s most technically advanced aviation watch. Powered by ETA’s 7750 movement, the watch is made of a near-indestructible ceramic (seven times stronger than steel), strengthened with a titanium sub-frame. With subdials influenced by the Typhoon’s after-burners and numerals based on the plane’s heads-up display (HUD), this is a watch absolutely in tune with modern aviation.