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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.
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.
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.
Following in the footsteps of the sold out C9 P2725 TM-B Limited Edition, an aviation watch whose distinctive dial design was inspired by the cockpit dashboard of the Hawker Hurricane fighter, the C8 P2725 Automatic features the same tool watch layout requested by our customers - at a fraction of the price.
It is fitting that on the 100th Anniversary of the RAF this 100-piece limited edition explores the courage of one of its most celebrated pilots, Alan 'Al' Deere. While a hand-wound version of Calibre SH21, complete with small seconds complication, acknowledges vintage aviation watch design, the real history lies within: a piece of engine metal from Deere’s personal Spitfire, X4276, is visible through the C8’s backplate.
The C9 Me 109 SPC is a watch that stands unique in our Collection. Not only does its Junghans-influenced dial contrast against the British influences of our other aviation watches, but this 100 piece limited edition also contains our in-house single pusher chronograph, Calibre JJ02 - a high-end complication you won’t find elsewhere for anywhere near this price.
Concorde was undoubtedly a plane ahead of its time. Capable of travelling at over twice the speed of sound at Mach 2.04 (1,354 miles per hour, and the inspiration behind this watch’s title), it could transport passengers from London to New York in just 3 hours and 20 minutes. It’s this technical marvel that is celebrated in the C8 M2.04 Limited Edition – and just 50 watches have been made, matching the 50 years since Concorde first took flight.