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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.
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.
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.
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.
Inheriting the proud British design cues of our redesigned aviation range, the C8 Flyer Automatic retains the aesthetic foundations that earned the Power Reserve Chronometer and UTC Worldtimer such acclaim, allowing its Smiths Mk II clock influences to take centre stage.
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.
The dial is inspired by the clock of the WWII Supermarine Spitfire and the back-plate by the incredible Farnborough wind tunnels, making this the perfect gift for any aviation lover. And thanks to the Swiss-made Ronda 715 quartz movement it’s both super-accurate and incredible value.
Some 64 years after RAF Flight Lieutenant Ray Holmes successfully defended Buckingham Palace from an oncoming Luftwaffe bomber by ramming it in mid-air with his Hawker Hurricane, P2725, our partners at TMB Art Metal excavated its wreckage from underneath Buckingham Palace Road. Limited to 100 pieces, this watch contains a piece of aluminium from P2725's engine that has been engraved with a map of London, whilst remembering the heroism of those throughout the RAF’s ranks as we approach its centenary.