Watchmaker Christopher Ward’s latest timepiece innovation takes inspiration from a vintage clock used in WWII fighter plane.
During a business meeting at White Waltham airfield Mike France, co-founder of Christopher Ward, encountered a vintage Junghans clock, taken from the cockpit of a Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter plane.
The design of the clock caught France’s attention, in particular the Unitas 6497 movement inside, which had been designed in the 1940s by Jean Fillon.
Fillon had previously worked with Christopher Ward’s then master watchmaker, Johannes Jahnke, to develop Calibre JJ02, Christopher Ward’s award-winning single pusher chronograph based on the same Unitas movement.
France said: “When I saw the vintage Junghans clock it was obvious that a watch had to be created based on the clock and using our own Calibre JJ02 movement.”
The black, diamond-like-carbon case, dial and hands pay homage to the original Junghans clock and features ‘pin-sharp’ sapphire crystal glass of the back-plate as well as a vintage oak leather strap with black DLC clasp.
Launching on November 1, the C9 Me 109 Single Pusher Chronograph will be a 100-piece limited edition range.