A very British addition to Christopher Ward’s Aviation collections: the C8 Flyer series
Christopher Ward has launched the C8 Flyer, a series of automatic and quartz models designed to celebrate the best of British aviation. The company picked out features of the Supermarine Spitfire and the Farnborough Wind Tunnels to incorporate into the watches.
The Spitfire is a firm favourite of Christopher Ward: the company launched the C8 P7350 Chronometer in spring this year, which has a piece of metal from Spitfire P7350 inserted into the caseback. The P7350 flew in the Battle of Britain in 1940 and – incredibly – is still flying today.
The C8 Flyer dial is inspired by Smith’s Mk. II A clock, which was used in the Spitfire’s cockpit. The originals had red dummy hands to help with flight plans – the pilot would calculate speed and distance then set the hands at the predicted time of arrival. When the real hands matched up with the dummy ones, the pilot knew that leg of the journey had been completed.
The C8 Flyer has a red second hand instead, and the hour and minute hands are a similar shape to those on the Mk. II A. The huge mahogany blades of the Farnborough Wind Tunnels have been recreated in miniature on the casebacks – stamped into the automatic version and laser-etched onto the quartz version.
There are two colours options in both automatic and quartz, vintage black and steel, and all models then come in either 38 or 44mm. The C8 Flyer has an oversized crown and comes on a leather NATO strap or a vintage leather strap with a white whip stitch.
Christopher Ward’s in-house movement is yet to make it to the Aviation collection, so there’s either a Sellita SW200/1 or Eta 2824-2 inside the automatic. The quartz model has a Ronda 715 movement, and starts at £299; the automatic starts at £550.
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