Christopher Ward develops aviation-themed C8 Flyer

Christopher Ward has expanded its Aviation collection with a series of automatic and quartz models in the British brand’s C8 collection.

The C8 Flyer models use familiar design aspects of both the Supermarine Spitfire and the Farnborough Wind Tunnels.

The dial design of the models is reminiscent of the Smith’s Mk II A clock, which featured in the cockpit of the Spitfire, while the casebacks feature a representation of the huge, 600kg mahogany blades of the Farnborough Wind Tunnels, which played a pivotal role in British aviation development from Spitfire to Concorde and even Malcolm Campbell’s Bluebird hydroplane.

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The casebacks of the Automatic models have been created using a three-dimensional deep-etched stamping process while those on the quartz have been created using laser-etched engraving.

The C8 Flyer watches are presented with Vintage black and steel case options, available in 38mm and 44mm case sizes.

Mike France, Christopher Ward co-founder, said: “The British aviation sector delivered some of the most stunning innovations of the past century and we wanted to respectfully celebrate that capacity for invention and engineering prowess through the design of our new C8 Flyer collection.

“Over the past few years we have responded to customer demand by developing an increased range of small dial options that appeal to both men and women and we also offer a unique strap sizing system, ensuring a perfect fit for any combination of dial and wrist sizes. This strategy has already enhanced the appeal of our Dive/Sport and Motoring collections and is now enhancing our Aviation collection too.”

The Automatics, priced from £550, use either Sellita SW200/1 or Eta 2824-2 mechanical automatic movements while the Quartz models, from £299, employ Ronda’s 715 movement. The watches are available to pre-order now from www.christopherward.co.uk.

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