Introducing: Christopher Ward C9 P2725 TM-B Limited Edition


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In honor of the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force in 2018, British watchmaker Christopher Ward announced the soon release of its new timepiece – the C9 P2725 TM-B Limited Edition. The brand’s latest watch takes inspiration from a P2725 Hawker Hurricane fighter plane that defended London during the Battle of Britain. On 15 September 1940 (Battle of Britain Day), the P2725 flown by Flight Lieutenant Ray Holmes took out a German bomber trying to bomb the Buckingham Palace. Out of bullets, Holmes decided to ram the bomber, causing them both to crash. He bailed out injured but survived. In 2004, the remaining wreckage of the Holmes’ Hurricane was excavated from underneath Buckingham Palace Road. The entire excavation was documented in a National Geographic Channel documentary, The Search for the Lost Fighter Plane.

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The new C9 P2725 TM-B Limited Edition features actual parts of the Holmes’ Hurricane. The aluminum from the P2725’s engine was provided by Christopher Ward’s long-time partner TMB Art Metal. The London based company was able to collect about 20 kg of corroded shards of aluminum engine casing, which were later turned into ingots. Placed on the back of the case, the 0.8mm thick aluminum plate was treated, hand-brushed and laser-engraved with a map of central London, with a red dot marking the crash site, and inscribed with the location and date of the Battle of Britain Day. The metal plate is protected by a sapphire crystal. The caseback ring is engraved with an individual serial number.

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The red dot on the aluminium plate marks the plane’s crash site

 

Housed inside a 43 mm sandblasted DLC stainless steel case, the new Christopher Ward C9 P2725 TM-B Limited Edition is water resistant to 30 meters. The watch’s dial takes direct inspiration from the dashboard instrument panel of the Hawker Hurricane. Legibility is the key word here. Featuring a dark matte black color, the dial’s background is in excellent contrast with the alternating white (SLN T-C1 SuperLuminova) and Old Radium (a vintage-looking color of Super-LumiNova) hour numerals. The hour and minutes hands, as well as the brand’s logo and plane’s call sign (9 and 3 o’clock respectively) are all also in Old Radium. The seconds hand has a red tip and the minutes hand counterbalance is a black dot. Positioned at 6 o’clock is a vintage-inspired power reserve indicator. The empty gauge and fuel needle are displayed in red.

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The dial offers perfect legibility

 

Powering the latest Christopher Ward timepiece is the Swiss-made caliber ETA Valgranges A07.161. Chosen for its power reserve complication, this self-winding movement beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and offers a power reserve of approximately 46 hours. The Christopher Ward C9 P2725 TM-B Limited Edition is available with two strap options: a khaki canvas strap, and an aged Italian oak leather strap. It comes in special presentation case and owner’s handbook with signed Certificate of Provenance. Issued as a limited edition of 100 pieces, the watch is priced at €3,120 and available to pre-order for mid-October 2017.

 

 

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