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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.
Officially licensed by the UK Ministry of Defence to bear the Royal Air Force’s Heraldic badge, the C65 Cranwell shares elements with two famous ‘6B/346’ watches. Initially created by Jaeger-LeCoultre and IWC to help assist with greater accuracy during RAF operations, this ever-constant need for precision is reflected by the chronometer-certified automatic movement present inside the C65 Cranwell.
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.
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.